This pun'kin got out of the fence.
The garden has been producing well just now. It's end of September, but never mind, the garden wants to grow and thrive so I'll let it! I'm not sure why it waited so long, but I'll take what I can get and be thankful for every bit of homegrown goodness it will give. Every time I slice a tomato or cucumber or zucchini, I think about what lovely organic veggies my garden has willingly produced. I know that in a short month or less, I will be fresh out of fresh veggies and will resort to the grocery store bins once again.
Today I picked all of the ripe and orange-tinged tomatoes, all of the peppers and onions, and I gathered up a bucketful of lettuce that I planted in late summer. The basil came back strong so I snipped it back down to the ground, cleaned, and froze the leaves in a freezer bag to use later. I'm leaving the carrots in the ground, and I'll pull a few as I need them. They are quite insulated under the ground until the hard frosts start coming with regularity. We are expecting a possible freeze tonight and tomorrow night so I'll cover the tomatoes with blankets to guard against the cold. The high elevations and mountains nearby have a chance of snow while we have good prospects of rain the next couple of days, and as is usual for us, after the chill, there are nice days to follow. Could it be Indian Summer? I hope so because I have a lot of green tomatoes left on the vines.
I ordered a quarter beef from the local butcher a couple weeks ago and called them today to ask if they'd keep as much tallow from the beef as possible for me. I have plans of rendering it down to use for frying. Here's a good link on the how-tos of rendering. Nothing much better than deep frying or cooking with good tallow, and it's good for you too! The clerk mentioned that they have some fresh lard blocks available from recently butchered pork so I'm going to buy a little of that for my freezer. I'm beginning to do some Fall stocking-up.
I've been busy with some painting projects this fall. I helped my daughter paint the outside trim on her house, and then I helped the newest Mrs. in our family begin painting her Honeymoon Hut so she and J. can move in in January. There is much more painting left to do there. I just completed a painting project in my kitchen too. I'll share that with you later on.
All but a few more loads of hay have been hauled in to the hay corrals. Number1Son made a third cutting of hay in a low spot of one pasture. Unheard of for us. He hopes to get it baled into small squares, but at the moment, it won't cure. Not much heat this time of year.
The pullets are laying eggs like crazy. I'm so proud of My Girls! I even have a pullet hen who lays double-yolkers! So far the raccoons and fox haven't found the door to the coop and I hope they don't. I really must guard against forgetting to shut them in at night before it's totally dark. The roosters are going to have to go soon. I'm thinking about roast chicken.
I'm always sad to see Summer go away. It seems like such a short season for us here in the North, but I know with the passing of Summer there come new things to look forward to in Fall. Cool Fall days bring sweatshirts, faded jeans and wool slippers to replace shorts and T-shirts and bare feet. The hoses get rolled up and put away and so does the mower. The potted posies are replaced by pumpkins and Indian corn. Cold salad lunches are replaced with hot soups and chowders. Air conditioning and fans are replaced with a wood fires and candle light. The sun fades earlier and earlier and darkness calls us away from our outside work and indoors to each other. I like that part of Fall best of all. What is your favorite part of Fall?