Step by Step

Untitled

Untitled

Untitled

DSC_0110

Those nights are drawing in earlier and earlier; inevitably we’re finding more time together in the sitting room of an evening. I’m picking up projects that weren’t really calling me in the hotter months; slow projects, some projects that have been on the go for years, are now finding their time in the sun, or lamplight, as it were. I’m in no hurry. I know that stitch by stitch, step by step, they’ll get there.

Just have to keep going, that’s the trick.

Advertisements

Interesting Knitting

Untitled

Untitled

Untitled

For a while knitting has not been calling me; last winter I sold a huge chunk of my yarn stash for this very reason. I kept some tempting skeins back, but they were failing to work their charms.

I was about the put the last lot of yarn on eBay, to clear a space and admit I’ve moved on, when a friend sent me this free Ravelry pattern. I think a combination of being autumnish weather and an easy, but interesting, pattern spurred me to cast on in a yarn I’ve been waiting to use for years (sorry, the label went missing years ago, no idea what it is).

I found myself eager to do ‘one more row’ after a chore, or before bed, and thought that maybe what was missing was simply patterns that keep me interested.

I’m not sure I’ll be an avid knitter like I once was, but for now, the yarn stays. Just in case.

In My Kitchen : Mid-September

Untitled

Untitled

Untitled

Untitled

Untitled

Untitled

Not quite the tomato processing I’d imagined – green not red – but I was saved by remembering all the red tomatoes I’d been deseeding and freezing, bit by bit through the season, ready for a full on processing day. In the end I combined those with the green tomatoes and managed to make some sauce after all! A few pints for the freezer.

And whilst you’re in the kitchen you might as get stuck in! Golden beets in honey, from Food in Jars. So good. And a few more jars of refrigerator pickle.

What are you cooking?

The Last Harvest

Untitled

Untitled

Untitled

Untitled

Untitled

That’s it; I’m calling time on the garden for this year. Over wintering things are in, some herbs are yet to be cut, but for now, it’s a wrap. All that’s left is to add some dead leaves and leftover compost to the beds and let them rest.

All the tomatoes suffered blight in the end, so were harvested green. No matter. As I was tidying up the beds we found some volunteer plants which had snuck in – some carrots, chillies, plenty of strawberries, and it was like a little gift from a friend.

Hopefully this time next year there will be a whole lot more food coming in!

The Boon of Blight

Untitled

Untitled

Untitled

Untitled

Untitled

I thought all the rain we’d had would bring it’s share of problems, and I was right. The tomatoes, once thriving, succumbed to late season blight. I’m a little gutted – I’m still holding out hope for several varieties that have yet to show signs, but for the beef tomatoes it was time to admit defeat.

Don’t count your tomato sauce before it’s ripe, or something like that!

But there were too many good green tomatoes out there to waste, so instead of sauce, chutney was called into the game plan. I carefully washed the tomatoes to remove any spores, washed them again, then washed them AGAIN, and then finally started cooking those babies up. I don’t remember the last time I had homemade relish. Why do we buy store bought? Like pickle and jam (and anything, really), once you’ve tasted homemade store bought seems like such a false economy.

So the tomato’s doom is our gain – the pantry shelf is a little fuller, maybe not with what had been intended, but I know there will be no complaints from my mini-men.

Bringing It In

DSC_0037

DSC_0032

DSC_0043

DSC_0045

DSC_0049

DSC_0054

DSC_0052

DSC_0055

Those apples were harvested; enough for us to process several pounds for apple pie filling and to gift to neighbours too. Dual purpose: edible and cookable.

And the tomatoes! Who knew you could get so many tomatoes from so few plants!? Right now they’re coming in thick and fast; I’m making stove top tomato sauce for as many meals as I can, and freezing as many tomatoes for one a long cookfest when they’re all in. Tomato sauce! Yes!

Gardens; they give so much. Sanity in growing season, and tomatoes for winter. What a win win situation.

This Quilt

Untitled

Untitled

Untitled

Untitled

I am trying to be a good crafter and get this second heirloom quilt done before the youngest’s next birthday. I have no idea why I thought a hand pieced, hand quilted, times two quilt thing was a good idea. But, I’m committed now… just keep reminding me to work on it? Please??