September Rattle Bag

As the month draws to an end and we bask in an Indian Summer…

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…here is a motley collection of recent pictures:

We continue to make daily harvests

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and process the plenty

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Wild Autumn fruits

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Hens and ducks enjoy the sun

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Winter waterproofing

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Elsewhere

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Two days from the Equinox and the temperature dips.

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For the first time in many, many weeks the early morning dog-led hill climb chills the fingers.

Time to fire up the boilers

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Jessie tries to slink back indoors

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until we remind her she is an all-weather sheepdog.

The Three Little Maids have been exploiting a following wind

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so time to trim their ambitions

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All flying must now be in circles

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Colour future

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and colour past

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Time for fungi

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Part of today’s harvest

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The Wind has been getting up…

Bert has heard the Wind is coming. He is building his defences

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Yum-Yum (one of the Three Little Maids) has heard the wind is coming. Having graduated to the Big Ducks run and not having yet been clipped, she is looking for good take off points

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We are racing the wind in a contest for the fruit. In the process, during this glut harvest, we are trying to work out what varieties we actually have. Here is the start of the catalogue

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In the Kitchen today…

The Last of The Aubergines

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Some dinner ingredients including NOT the last of the Runner Beans

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A bit or foraging…

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…jellied

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the tastiest of the day’s tomato crop

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others roasted

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bagged

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Sorting plums

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the best are perfect and just right for eating

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And, of course, Apples

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Some for the freezer

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some for now

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We use a (keep it quiet) bread machine. But it is sulking so we have to rescue the contents and finish off the loaf in the oven where it adopts a pleasingly non-machine like shape

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Eating your own

When chatting to strangers about living in The Countryside with a little bit of land there are two phrases that cause slight steam to issue from ones ears. The first, by a mile, is “The Good Life” but a runner up is “Self-Sufficient”. If there is one thing to learn from John Seymour and his ilk it is that growing all the food you need is very very hard work – you are not talking vegetable beds but vegetable fields.

However…

…there is something very satisfying in preparing and eating a meal having gone out and collected ingredients from the plants
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and pork mince and sausage meat stashed in the freezer from our own animals
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to cut
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and stir
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top with an egg from today
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and relish the result
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More bits of harvest from today:

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Drops

For weeks and weeks earlier this year the idea of water appearing out of nowhere seemed a fantasy. Now that normality is restored
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We need to celebrate the drops
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Meanwhile a couple of processes continue:

(1) Vine to freezer
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(2) Meadow to pig
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Other moments from today…
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