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Saturday, September 27, 2008

Harvest of Fall

It has been a cloudy, overcast weekend here. But in the break between showers Jackson and I started to harvest the remaining veggies from the garden. I hope to till the soil and seed some greens before we go on vacation next Friday. But before that happens I have some lovely vegetables to process. I think I am going to make a delicious pasta sauce out of the eggplant. Chop and freeze the peppers. Oh and we will just eat the watermelon. We have been having one a day, and they are just so sweet and nice.

We do still have onions and potatoes to retrieve from the garden but those can wait another day. Ahhhh, it is so nice to have such wonderful produce, fresh from home.
The gas shortage has been hitting us hard here in North Carolina. It should be easing up shortly, but in the mean time Jackson and I were talking a bit about not having gas. He could always bike to work in reality. The road is curvy and hilly and there is no side walk or even shoulder for most of the way, so it is more dangerous that we are willing to risk at the moment. But he could bike to work if need be. We are talking strictly about the gas shortage now and nothing else, none of the repercussions from that shortage if it were a permanent thing. My addition was that right now I am not concerned at all with groceries. I have so much already stored away, and with out chickens we could last quite a few months on what we have. It does make you stop and think about what you have, and what you need, what you could do without. Of course there was more to our conversation but it did make us grateful for what we do have in our lives.

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Self Preservation

OK the season is winding down. I still have some veggies in the garden. We are back home so I really need to take care of them. Yesterday I picked the last of our beets and cooked them up this morning. Just waiting now for them to cool so I can freeze them. Don't they look beautiful. And now the house is full of that wonderful earthy smell of beets. I have saved the water I used for cooking, want to see if the beet juice will make a good dye for the wool I have. Of course I need to wash the wool first, but will let you know how it turns out.

I do still have onions and peppers in the garden I need to freeze and also potatoes. I know the potatoes will keep over winter in the garden, it just doesn't get cold enough here for them to freeze. And I kept them in the garden last year, digging them up to use when I needed them. BUT I need to start amending the garden, compost needs a home. So I am debating digging up my potatoes. Not sure where I will keep them if I do dig them up. I have wanted to get an old refrigerator into the ground for a root cellar of sorts, have even seen directions on line to take out the motor etc. Just haven't had the time to "make it happen". We are also still eating watermelon out of the garden, and I have egg plant to preserve as well. Lots to do, not enough time, LOL. But oh so yummy!!

Monday, September 22, 2008

Back on Track

OK we are home. Seems like it has been a long month, and the month isn't over yet. But we had a wonderful time at the FLT gathering. Of course I brought my camera, but as usual, did not get it out for the entire weekend. Having too much fun to think about taking pictures. So you will have to imagine the wonderful food we had at the eat local pot luck meal. And it was delicious, we had so many different dishes, and each was yummy and local!!

Sitting in the hot tub last night I saw the most amazing bug. It was huge. Well huge as far as bugs in this neck of the woods go. I have a couple of pictures. It was just over an inch long. With very long legs. For such a creature it moved so S L O W L Y. I watched it moving along for at least 20 minutes, then would check in from time to time to see where it was ending up.

Tuesday, September 9, 2008

Eat Local

OK we are home for a few days to do laundry, sleep a little and then pack up and on to the FLT Gathering on Thursday. We have planned an eat local meal for the gathering, a pot luck of sorts. It is so nice to hear what everyone is planning to bring, contribute. It sounds delicious and will be loads of fun!! I have no pictures now but will surely take some and post them here when we return.