Thursday, October 30, 2008
We melted some wax and poured it into a pie pan. I put the pie pan on the top of a pot with simmering water in to keep the pie pan warm so the wax wouldn't harden. The boys had already gathered some leaves. We gave each one a quick dip in the melted wax and then let it dry on a piece of wax paper.
When W brought his leaves in I looked twice and said that they looked like they were mouldy but he really liked the colours of them. Once he pointed them out to me I took another look and had to agree that they were quite beautiful. They had a really interesting speckle pattern going on and these two below were very different in colour.Hard to tell from the photos but they're lovely. Somehow this started a talk about how different people see things differently...how beauty can mean different things to all of us. Then we talked about how some things or people might be considered physically "beautiful" on the outside (to our society's notion of what beauty is) but may not be what we would consider "beautiful" (loving, happy, kind) on the inside. E thought that people who care about the earth would be beautiful to him. ;-) Then he scored bonus mama points by telling me (in a completely serious manner) that to him I was beautiful inside and out. (Well, at least it gave my husband something to laugh about when I told him about it over dinner) ;-)Anyway, we got some of the leaves dipped and dried and we think they are lovely - dried, waxed, speckled, rotting, composted, we love leaves anyway at all. We've collected many bags of them from our neighbours too. (big plans for even more front yard edible gardens. ssssh, don't tell my neighbours...or my husband)
Friday, October 24, 2008
Friday, October 17, 2008
Wednesday, October 15, 2008
And then...we ate pie. Pumpkin pie and whip cream...and lots of it. All the more to be thankful for, I say. ;-)
Friday, October 10, 2008
We now have hundreds of pounds of tomatoes to put by and...my loving husband, knowing how much I love tomatoes, went to a friend's field and picked two more big boxes of ripe ones just for me. Wasn't that sweet? More tomatoes. When I already have hundreds of pounds. Hee hee hee....ha ha, aha, aa haa, sob, sob, sob. ;-) (Where's the I heart tomatoes now, heh?)
Thankfully E had picked his Stars and Moon watermelons the afternoon before the frost. It was sad enough waking up knowing that I had lost some tomatoes, the heartbreak that E would have felt if his raised-from-seeds-that-he-chose-and-grew-himself would have been too much.Notice the melon held aloft with joy. ;-) (yes, that is a crown on his head - both boys have been wearing them for a few days)
Last zucchini of the year - it happens to be off the same plant that I forced (under a milk jug cloche) which also gave us our first zucchini of the year.
E found this leaf and brought it in to show me. He was thrilled with how "gorgeous" it was and later on I found it tucked in a vase of cosmos that I had picked and put in my room. The picture is up top. I love that my boys take time to appreciate the natural beauty around them.Another thing that I love about this time of year is the way that plants show us so clearly their abundance - not only do they provide us this year (whether in flower, fruit, or veg) but once the frosted bits are pushed asidewe can see that they have also provided us for next year - in the form of seeds. I love that cycle.
And so with all this bounty which can sometimes seem a little overwhelming ...
it really seems to important to take time to enjoy the beauty of this season too.
Wednesday, October 8, 2008
Bread topped with cheese (preferably old cheddar) and then toasted under the broiler. Add a large slice of tomato for the last minute or so to warm it up. A titch of salt, some pepper...delicious. Quite often, I think, simple really is best.