Thursday, September 22, 2016

Autumn's Arrival

The calendar says that today is the first day of Autumn, but summer weather is continuing. As in, it was 90 degrees yesterday! Yet the trees know what time of year it is and are slowly beginning to change color to yellows, browns, and reds . . .


The Autumn wildflowers are blooming in beautiful and diverse array, and the summertime flowers are going to seed . . . .

White Snakeroot
This is blooming all over in our woods this year, and I love its little white flowers.

Goldenrod 

An unidentified wildflower going to seed 

There is a lot to enjoy outdoors this time of year! The chickens think so, too, as they scratch around underneath the trees hunting bugs, seeds, and anything else they can scrounge up . . .


The garden is nearly finished, and it is time to dig the potato crop which Mom, Leah and I have been working on. After I dug more again last evening, we're now 2/3's of the way done! Some of what's left, though, needs to wait awhile longer as the plants haven't died back all the way yet.

There is a lot of dirt to move to get all the potatoes out of the ground!

Nearing the end of the row

And the result of an evening's work . . . more potatoes ready to cure before being stored

One of the last few things in the garden . . . a fall crop of green beans that Mom planted. They are just starting to flower so it won't be long before we'll have fresh green beans again!

Besides the outdoor work, it has been busy indoors, too, with things such as making lots of soap (and some other products as well like bath salts and sugar scrubs yesterday.)

Before we left on our trip, this is what the soap curing shelves looked like . . .

Around 360 bars curing 

Since then, the shelves have emptied out as soaps finished curing and are then boxed up for bringing to the market or selling online . . .

Part of the display at the market

And then I've been busy making more so the shelves are filling all up again!

Making more soap 
(Though not a current photo, it was taken back in August for business purposes. :)

It has been nice to squeeze in a bit of reading most every day, too. And with new books! During the Berean Call conference in August, they gave out a coupon code for a significant discount on many of their materials. With that, Dad and I each added quite a few books to our libraries. Some of these I had already read before, and the others I have now skimmed through, and so far, they all look good.

Most of the ones I got

Currently, I am reading The Power of the Spirit  by William Law/edited by Dave Hunt, and it is excellent. The book was originally written in the 1700's, yet what is shared in it is still so true for today. It is very deep, powerful, insightful, and convicting!

On a different note, when going through photos, this recent one was found that I had forgotten to share. Do you remember the doe with the injured leg that had come up close to our house? Well, she came back, and this time with her half-grown fawn . . .


It was neat to see them!

And to bring this somewhat random post to a close, here is a bit of cuteness shared specifically with some children readers in mind (yours Sarah R. :) who like seeing photos of our animals :) . . .


Our baby rabbits are growing!

12 comments:

  1. Hi Sarah, Yes, it looks like fall, but it's another hot day. The goldenrod is pretty here too, but I can do without the ragweed. The potato crop looks great and so do the green beans! Lots of soap! Isn't it nice how some of the wild animals will come so close, like they know it's safe territory. :-) Cute bunnies too. ♥

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    1. Hello Anne! Isn't it lovely now that the temperature has cooled off? Now it does really feel like fall! I know what you mean about ragweed. I could do without that, too. :)

      It is nice how close the wild animals come. We always enjoy seeing them!

      Thanks for your kind comments!

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  2. So many books that were written in previous centuries are sometimes forgotten, but so worth reading.

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    1. Very true, Elizabeth! Some of my very favorite books were written in the 1800's.

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  3. I like random posts! So interesting :)
    The neatly stacked shelves of soap really are beautiful, and I'm sure it is lovely soap!
    Your Mom was clever to squeeze in an Autumn crop of beans, they are so delicious... In temps of 90 degrees they should do well.
    The books look interesting, there's plenty to keep you going there!


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    1. I am glad you enjoy random posts, Alex! And that you found this one interesting. :)

      Thank you for your kind words about the soap! Autumn beans are delicious. This time of year there are also a lot fewer pests and diseases which is nice.

      The books are indeed interesting. :) And yes, they'll keep me busy reading for quite a long while!

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  4. Ah you are a busy person preparing for the winter ahead. How do you cure potatoes? We have never really grown our food. We have moved from herbs to spinach and garlic this year. I might plant some tomatoes as they are expensive. You inspire me. God bless.

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    1. We are just a little busy, Suze! As we don't have the 'proper' place to cure potatoes, we improvise. We set up a table indoors, spread them all out with none stacked on the other, cover them with a sheet to keep out the light, and then let them dry and cure for awhile (maybe a week or so?) Then they are put into cage bins in our shop for storage. While not ideal, it works for us!

      That's great that you grew spinach and garlic this year! That's good start. And they're both delicious crops! Tomatoes should do well for you, too. There's nothing like a fresh vine-ripened tomato right off your own plants.

      Glad I could be an inspiration in some way. :) And thank you for always being such an encouragement!

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  5. That soap closet must smell amazing! How long do they have to cure?

    Your bunnies are really cute.:-) Do you have different varieties? Y'all use them for meat, right? Do you keep them caged all the time, or do they come out some?

    --Betsy

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    1. It does smell quite good, Betsy! The soaps have to cure 4 to 6 weeks before they can be boxed up or sold.

      Thanks. :) Baby rabbits are always so adorable! We have New Zealand Red rabbits, but they can come in brokens (red and white), so we get both solids and brokens. And yes, they are used for meat. And yes again :), they are caged all of the time. If you don't have a lot of ground to rotate them over, it is the cleanest, healthiest environment for them to be kept in cages.

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  6. Thank you so much, Sarah, for noting and sharing the beauty of God's creation with all of us. Autumn is arriving here in Ireland: yesterday morning, we could feel the cold air touching our noses and fingers even in the sunshine. Like Suze, I would really love to know how you cure potatoes, please.
    Thank you so much.
    God bless.
    Anne
    xx

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    1. You're welcome, Anne! I am glad that you enjoyed it. :) How lovely that Autumn is arriving in Ireland, too. I would imagine it is just beautiful there! There's just something about Autumn's chill that is pleasant, too. Especially after a hot summer like we had here.

      As I shared with Suze, we don't really have the best place to cure potatoes, so we improvise. :) We set up a table indoors, spread the potatoes out on it (and underneath on paper sacks) in one layer, cover them with a sheet to keep out the light, and then let them dry and cure for about a week or so. They are then put into cage bins in our shop for storage. While not ideal, it works well for us!

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