Thursday, September 29, 2011

Still at it...just more slowly

We had thought that September would see us winding slowly down as the weather got cooler and days got shorter...What foolishness! For the last few weeks we've been enjoying the summer we never had, basking in the warmth and thankfully continually picking flowers and filling the cool room. So you get the picture, you know the routine by now...pick amazing flowers, put together stunning bunches, cart it all off to market in the mystery machine, return exhausted...start all over again.
But the end of summer has brought on a certain rebellion amongst the ranks (me, Jamie, Eddie, Bertie, ducklings and chicks). Having worked so steadily in the fields since they were first workable and with the end so nearly in our sights, our va-va-voom is waning. When we wake up to clouds we're even tempted to lie in, when we see the sun, we head to the beach, trying to grasp the summer that we never fully enjoyed.
The September winds have picked up so windsurfing for Jamie has been awesome and sailing for me has been the best yet. I even persuaded Jamie out on the boat and with him at the helm we made 9 knots. woohoo! Plus we have been out on the water playing in a friend's laser. We've even been to a few parties and are taking full enjoyment of our camper van. (at least we were until it broke on Saturday).
One of the ducklings keeps disappearing and then mysteriously reappearing, Eddie even found one that had been chased under the barn by a playful Bertie who we think was trying to round up her herd.
Despite the blight which ruined half of our tomatoes we are enjoying the pimientos de padron, new potatoes, carrots, tomatillos and it wouldn't be a proper harvest without a glut of summer squashes of all shapes and sizes.
So, it's not all farming and flowers thesedays...we're having lots of fun!
Since I wrote the first part of this we have survived a frost which has seen the end to many squashes, zinnias and all that lovely basil. However in the autumn sun it all still looks wonderful. Enjoy the pics.

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