Suddenly, it feels like winter is here. We had a pretty fantastic show of colour in the leaves and the remaining plants in the fields and garden. Then finally, a severe killing frost a couple of weeks ago. Each morning we wake to a blanket of frost across the plants and grasses. It is quite exquisite.
And while our warm months revolved around gardening and the summer art and craft markets and studio visitors, all of that has come to an end. It’s transition time and our jobs have changed.
My area of the studio is now jammed with paintings in various stages of finish, but also with pulled gladioli bulbs, dahlia tubers and drying bean seed pods, all for hanging in bags in the cool basement to plant next year.
To feed the wood stoves this winter, Larry has stacked more wood into the barn and in the basement. The wood stood in the sun and wind drying through the summer. There will be ashes to deal with and bits of wood that drop on the floor on the way to the fire-box. But the smell and glow and heat of the fire will make up for everything. It’s considerably cheaper (at least half) to heat a house with wood than with oil.
The garlic is planted…..3 rows for three friends and some for us too.
And just so that we don’t forget the summer, a mad dash to get ready for this weekend’s
Enjoy this transition where you are.