This summer has been exceptional. Not only has the weather been gorgeous but our time has been well-spent. Much of it was spent relaxing on the farm, working on projects in the garden and the barn, and even enjoying the hammock. We ate more meals than I can count on the new deck and have decided that it is our favorite space in the summertime. We took some summer trips around our area, explored some places we hadn’t been before and generally enjoyed the most beautiful months in the pacific northwest. There were bonfires and campouts on long summer days with warm summer nights. I used to say autumn was my favorite season but it is in strong competition with summer these days. I’m not quite through with the slow pace that it offers, or those afternoons with no commitments and so many options.
That being said, this autumn is a big one for us. In a few days we will send one off to 3rd grade while one enters his first year of jr. high. Two weeks later #2 will head off to college and the house, which so often is a bustling place of boys and activity will become almost too quiet with only two in the house for the first time in 12 years. I’m not sure that I am ready for that… But ready or not, it is coming and so I am embracing every day from now until then and enjoying it all.
This autumn we plan to harvest our first batch of honey. We are excited to try eating what our girls have been working so hard on all summer. The bees this year have been so productive and I think we will have enough to get us through until next year. And if we can successfully overwinter our hive we may need to add another next spring… There is something wonderful about adding to our self-sustaining ability here on the farm. With eggs, fruits, vegetables and now honey we are well on our way to being able to provide quite a bit for ourselves. It is fun challenging ourselves to see what we can do with this little piece of land.
As we head towards autumn I am always looking for inspiration. Slow cooked meals, one pot in the oven first thing in the morning, making the house smell delicious all day long. Pulling out sweaters, boots and scarves, and layering them all. I look forward to the leaves beginning to change and watching them as they fall from the trees like a large colorful rain. I can’t wait to smell burning leaves in the air as it cools down and allows for more bonfires. I begin to look at the gardens and see the summer blooms die back while I plan for what I will add for fall color. It is a time for nesting and beginning to move indoors.
If you are looking for some inspiration to help you transition from long summer days to cool crisp ones, I have found these links have brought me some excitement~
If you click on “Le Carnet” section on the Rabbit Hill site you will find all sorts of seasonal french inspiration that allows you to dream and bring a bit of it to your home!
More French inspiration but it gets me excited for pear and apple harvest- and the potato recipe at the end is divine!
I have recently discovered Blanche Vaughan after buying her cookbook “In One Pot” which I am really excited to put to use in the kitchen as the days get cooler. Her website is fabulous and I think she and I have quite a few interests in common!
Our favorite pumpkin loaf- which I will be making soon!
And while we’re talking treats- these ginger cookies are delish!
Have a wonderful weekend friends!