As I write this post, it is amazingly cool outside.
The tree swallows have begun to flock on the power lines.
More and more leaves are on the ground.
And morning dew settles peacefully on freshly spun spider webs...
all signs that Summer is starting to pack her bags, and Autumn is planning his arrival.
We left the farm this weekend and took some of our kids to Washington DC;
and while we were gone, it seems like Summer slipped further away!
Arriving home, we were greeted by Tom and Chuck...
Meanwhile, Jim was out doing the afternoon feeding for us...
I don't think Sammy missed us much.
Amanda and I took some time to visit with the piggies.
It always amazes me when I look at a picture of them,
just how much they have grown in one year's time!
Before supper we had a little time to harvest our grapes.
This grapevine grows on the corner of our garden fence and is
the only one of our grapevines that has really produced much
fruit this summer.
Our early Spring followed by a late frost played havoc with
most of our fruit trees and vines this year.
We searched every inch of the vine...
and found enough to half fill a bucket...
which was just enough to make a few jars of concord grape jam.
Our garden is still producing tomatoes, peppers, chard, kale, broccoli and eggplant.
For Autumn, we have planted more broccoli, kale, kohlrabi, carrots, turnips, sweet potatoes,
Brussels sprouts, and parsnips.
Hopefully we can eat fresh vegetables from the garden through the end of November.
After that, we will use what we have frozen and canned from earlier this summer.
PS.... a special Happy Birthday to Andy, who turns 28 today!
Hope you can jump like this on every one of your birthdays!!
Washington D.C. August 18, 2012