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First frost and holiday musings

FriendsMark and I took a quick trip up north this past weekend to experience our first real sailing lesson, to hang out with old buddies, and then to enjoy a beautiful wedding.  (Congratulations, Kira and Erskin!)

We thoroughly enjoyed the decadence of eating out, luxuriating in a hot bath, and having no chores.  But after just two days, we were sick of the big city.  Despite seeking out vegetables on every menu and snacking on a big bag of fruit stand apples lugged from home, I was starting to feel malnourished without my farm fresh produce, greenery, and fresh air.

Squash blackened by frost

Back home, we see the frost came calling while we were gone.  I always have mixed feelings about the first frost.  Seeing the blackened leaves on the tomatoes, okra, squash, Oyster mushroomsand basil, I know that the bounty of summer is truly over.  On the other hand, summer weeds have blackened too, so the first frost gives me an inkling of the serenity of winter.  I know that in just a few months I will be aching for an excuse to push my hands into the soil again.

Of course, the first frost brings its own bounty.  Oyster mushroom logs that sat dormant all summer have sprung into life!  Good thing I found a small stack of freezer containers in the barn while preparing for our trip.  I guess I could squeeze a few more quarts into our jam-packed freezer.

We left our flock with several homemade chicken waterers and came home to happy chickens and plenty of eggs.

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About us: Anna Hess and Mark Hamilton spent over a decade living self-sufficiently in the mountains of Virginia before moving north to start over from scratch in the foothills of Ohio. They've experimented with permaculture, no-till gardening, trailersteading, home-based microbusinesses and much more, writing about their adventures in both blogs and books.

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