Agricultora


Drawing to a Close
October 21, 2008, 5:23 pm
Filed under: Fiber, Garden, Strawbale House

Yes, summer has ended, it’s getting colder and windier outside, most of the leaves have fallen, and we had our first snowflakes fall today.  The growing season is just about over one more time.  That means Matt and I will be moving back to the city soon– the end of November or so.  We’re both reluctant, even a little stressed out about it, but looking forward to a few things like guaranteed hot showers (and baths! ooooh, baths!).

We’ve managed to extend the season a wee bit by bringing a few pepper plants indoors

Jimmy Nardello Pepper in the Sun

Jimmy Nardello Pepper in the Sun

and a couple of things are hanging on outside

Stubborn Sunflowers

Stubborn Sunflowers

but most things look more like this

Garden Remnants

Garden Remnants

and this.

A Couple Leaves Left

A Couple Leaves Left

I’ve been taking advantage of the cooler weather to knit and spin up a storm.  Basil has been taking advantage of that to…

Bad Basil, No Baby Camel Handspun

Bad Basil, No Baby Camel Handspun

(Don’t worry, neither yarn nor pet was actually harmed in the taking of this picture)

I made myself something girly:

Girly Peachy Hat

Girly Peachy Hat

and you can see a glimpse of something else we’ve been working on– beet kvass, as well as about 4 gallons of sauerkraut (7 1/2 cabbages!), sweet pickled peppers, pickled daikon radishes, a few last dilly beans from farmers market beans, a chili pepper cherry tomato tequila jam, etc.  There’s more in the works: Matt bottled more ginger beer this morning, we’ve been processing peach leaves (for tea and tincture) and sunflower seeds, we’re planning a more purely hot pepper jam and some harissa.  I haven’t taken any pictures yet, but our ceiling is littered with drying multi-colored flour corn we plan to use for masa, as well as onions and a long, monster-looking garland of cayenne peppers drying, plus a few little bundles of popcorn, flowers, a few last herbs, etc.  We’ve been joking that Alvaro is either going to laugh or cry when he sees all the food we’ll be bringing back to that little apartment (where oh where to put it all?!!!).

What else?  I’ve been having so much fun spinning this

Silvery Carbonized Bamboo Handspun

Silvery Carbonized Bamboo Handspun

that I just had to drag Matt to the NYS Sheep & Wool Festival in Rhinebeck on Sunday to get me some more fiber to play with.  He took a couple of pictures, but my camera battery was dead, so you’ll have to rely on your imagination until I at least get some pictures taken of my acquisitions (just a bit of shetland and Hog Island roving this year, but the real prize, not technically fibery, I’ll leave as a surprise).

Anyone curious what the strawbale looks like this time of year?  Sort of like this:

Strawbale Fields Forever

Strawbale Fields Forever

It’s getting quite dark outside already, and I’d like to get home while I can still see the ground in front of my feet, so I’ll just leave you with this:

Striking the Pose from Matts Birthday Card

Striking the Pose from Matt's Birthday Card

I think we can always rely on Basil Hayden for the final word.

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