Friday 27 September 2019

Autumn Harvest

Yesterday was a beautiful day and we sat in the sun and processed the dried pea and sugar-snap peas from their haulms ready for planting next year. The whole family are here for a week helping me to harvest our home produced food mountain. We have our biggest ever pumpkin carried by my daughter Cat.
A huge tub of butternut squashes adds to the mountain.
The dried bean vines have been set out to dry both for beans to plant next year and dry beans for over winter stews. The turkeys are growing well and are starting to get their wattles. We seem to have three boys and a girl again. They are keeping the grass down in the orchard rather beautifully.
I am still very busy processing the fruit and veggies for the freezer. The sauerkraut has done well so far and stewed fruit is the order of the day for breakfast every morning. The weather is mixed but the rain is very welcome. The brush-cutter is back out and we are fighting to reclaim some of the forest garden from the brambles whilst still making time for trips out to see the beauty that is Galicia. As usual my medical tests are inconclusive and I now have to wait for a month for the biopsy results to come back. I seem to spend a lot of time waiting for medical results but I am not complaining. It really does beat the alternative.


  1. A good harvest. Good thoughts for your results.

    1. Thank you, everything is crossed which makes walking difficult.

  2. Your pumpkin is impressive! As is your squash harvest. You've been busy!

    Your comment on my blog post really struck a chord. You described the challenges very well, and then your closing comment. "Having said all of the above I wouldn't change a thing. I love, love, love living with the land." What a statement! I have a lot of admiration for you for that. Sincerely hoping your biopsy comes back negative.

  3. Thank you, your blog inspires me to keep going. This hopefully is the lifestyle of the future, like eating a globe artichoke, wholesome, difficult but so worth it.