Purple “de Milpa” tomatillos. As tasty as they are beautiful.
Well, the photo editor/uploader issues with WordPress haven’t been fixed yet, but I’m going to try and get a few images to upload for this post. I wish the uploader would cooperate, and I could share photos of all the garden is producing – Sunchokes 10 feet fall, baskets (and bellies) full of “Fall Gold” raspberries, ducks laying pale green eggs every day, broody chickens, yarrow and salvia and dahlias splashing every corner with color…
I love the transition of early September, when we are just beginning to be weary of summer, but not quite ready for the dreariness that Oregon offers the rest of the year. The plants and bees are frantic to do their work before fall sets in, and the cooler weather and episodes of rain have re-greened every inch of the garden. The front and backyards are bursting with tomatoes, tomatillos, summer squash, chard, kale, elderberries and ripening quince, winter squash, and apples.
Runner beans are beginning to dry. Looking forward to a few pots of soup from 1 teepee’s worth of vines.
The difficulties of malfunctioning WordPress haven’t been a bad thing, really. Taking a break from blogging and my FB page has been a good thing for me – less stress, more free time with the kids. I have learned to roller skate (never skated as a kid!) and am training with Ruth and Bea for roller derby (they play, I fall a bunch and try to learn a fraction of the skills they have acquired). I ended up falling at skating class and jacking up my left arm, so typing is slow and one-handed at the moment (another reason to take a break from blogging). (I am very much looking forward to getting back on skates when the splint comes off in a week or two – I may not be a good skater (yet!) but it is something I can do with my girls, good exercise, and a fantastic way to release a lot of accumulated anxieties, worries, frustrations.)
Bea picking dahlias and lavender, both of which are still producing abundantly
Time late at night that I would normally spend blogging or reading other blogs, I am now spending exercising and strength building for derby and working on writing projects. I really miss reading what other blogging families are doing, and seeing other mom’s beautiful handwork and culinary creations – through them I find so many good knitting patterns, book recommendations, recipes, home-education inspiration. However, it is also stressful for me and a lot of feelings of inferiority well up with each blog post I view. The more I read about lives that run so much more smoothly than my own, and view those carefully chosen images, the more I stress about dust bunnies in every corner of my house, kids with tangled hair, house projects unfinished, and piles of unfolded laundry. When I take a break from the blogosphere, I feel more centered and enjoy my family more, because I am stressing less. And with the start of our homeschooling year and having a kindergartener, a 3rd grader and a 5th grader, plus a very active 2 yr-old, I need less stress.
Orange beefsteaks with red cherries in the background. Near the house, the beds are overrun with red and yellow “Brandywines” and “Mortgage Lifters”. We’ve been eating “Sun Gold” cherry tomatoes with nearly every meal – so delicious on omelettes or in salads.
So, after sharing this morning’s photos from a few hours in the garden with the kids, I’m not sure when I’ll be back. I probably won’t be posting regularly for a while, but I will be back now and then to share some of the good things happening in our lives.
Bea picked a handful of lavender for “secret potions”
Sweat Meat winter squash vining through the kale
Brandywines with oca (Oxalis tuberosa) and cucumber underneath. We’re getting more big ripe beefsteaks this year than in the last three years combined.
Rows and rows of beautiful beneficial (though inedible) mushrooms spring up in all the paths after it rains. They breakdown the woodchips and release nutrients into the soil.
Blessings on you this month as the seasons shift. I hope September is as energizing for you as it has been thus far for our family.
I am a 33 year-old, happily married Portland mom, learning at home with my four homeschooled children. My interests include permaculture, duck-keeping, gentle-parenting, knitting, spinning, baking, lactivism, and Reformed Theology. We strive to spend our days freely learning, exploring, creating from the comfort of our messy home or the beauty of the Pacific NW great outdoors.