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The beginning of the end?

Saturday, August 25th, 2012

In the mornings I’m up early with the kids, who leave for the train at the crack of dawn. While they’re all showering, breakfasting and getting their things together I love to sit out on the patio in my nightie with a cup of tea and breathe in the fresh morning air. This morning I noticed how dark it still was at 6.30, how there was a faint mistiness in the air and the first signs of autumn.

The summer seems to have rushed by this year and because our heat came so late, during the day the weather is still glorious and still fills me with the ridiculous feeling that summer will last for ever. This morning told me otherwise. In a week or two, it will cool down, the garden will stop growing so insanely vigorously and the first frosts may even stop my early morning outside musings.

It rather brought me up short and I had to laugh at how predictable my reaction was. the nesting instinct came on strong and by 8 I was in the garden, picking blackberries to freeze, harvesting onions, kohl rabi and the last of the rhubarb. Then I ran off to the farm shop and bought kilos and kilos of the plums and apricots that are now coming to an end and spent the rest of the morning blanching and stewing and generally filling the freezer ready for the winter.

Bonkers really, but at the same time incredibly satisfying! I think I’ve got enough fruit frozen to keep us in crumbles and pies all winter long!

After lunch I worked a little on the rag rug, which is progressing steadily. I love planning the colour scheme and seeing the demise of so much hideous fabric and all the novelty prints that I bought but never used when the children were little. The amazing thing is how the ugly fabric stops being ugly when you put it into a rug. It merely becomes small spots of colour and all the circus animals, clowns, teapots and hideous batiks fit in wonderfully and are unrecognizable as their former selves.

It’s positively cathartic!

Give it a go!

Helen

7 Responses to “The beginning of the end?”

  1. Vreni Says:

    You remind me of my mum; every year in August she would start talking about how she can feel Autumn in the air. It used to make me quite cross ;), but now I understand what she meant. Maybe knowing that “the end is near” makes the last days even sweeter. It sounds you had a fantastically industrious day.

  2. Nancy Says:

    I am a bit anxious for Autumn to arrive this year. Summer temperatures arrived early here – May instead of late June. It has been a long summer. The cooler temperatures will hopefully calm the forest fires that continue to fill this valley with smoke. More days than not the horizon has been veiled in a heavy layer of smoke. I am definitely ready for Autumn.

  3. Susan Says:

    I am left with the overwhelming thought that I would have loved to have seen your stash before you started turning all the fuglies into rag rugs!

  4. Kathy E. Says:

    WE are praying for rain and cooler weather here. Although the calendar says summer will end in less than a month, here we will have another 2-3 weeks (or more) of hot weather past that date.

    Enjoy your mornings on the patio. We had just a couple days last week when we ate breakfast on the screen porch, then hot and humid returned. I keep telling myself, “Soon… soon we WILL get to really enjoy the screen porch as we had planned.”

    Fruit pies… YUMMY! You are so industrious! Have a wonderful weekend.

  5. Leanne Says:

    I have been making jam, much the same kind of thing I think. It is the start of school that makes me feel the need to get ready for winter.

  6. Katy Says:

    It’s already cold and rainy here, I’m coming over to raid your freezer 😉

  7. diane stanley Says:

    I am looking forward to fall and some cooler weather, but meanwhile we still have nearly 100’F here. The garden is coming to an end.
    The rug, as I have seen the later post already, is coming along quite nice.