Happy Autumnal Equinox! A time to honor the passing of time, of good relations, in the presence of responsible processes of living and dying. It is a gift, especially in these times, to be able to celebrate with love and care and compassion. We, here at Rock Bottom Homestead, are enjoying our time together. We’ll be hanging some celebratory bunting and tomatillo garland (D’s big projekt this year – adorable), heading to the Farmer’s Market and making a lovely dinner of seasonal goods.
We’ve already been stretching the celebrations – we went for our ‘change of the seasons’ walk in the woods: spotted an American Woodcock and were followed by a Red-Breasted Nuthatch and a Black-capped Chickadee. It’s been so dry that there weren’t a lot of mushrooms to be found but we did find a large patch of spent Chicken Mushroom, and collected some medicinal Birch Polypore. It’s been cool and crisp the last couple of days, the extra blankets are already back on the beds but we’re holding out until at least October 1st for a fire in the woodstove, it’s the principle of the thing – ha! We will continue to celebrate this week – taking it easy – reading and playing games (our favorites right now are Evolution, Ratatat, and Parcheesi, though I am always up for Trellis and Tsuro), attending to putting some of the gardens to bed, finishing touches on homestead projekts (like coldframes, caging the young trees, saving seeds), collecting apples to press, putting up more jams/pickles (like grape for the former, and jardiniere for the latter), making handpies and parmesan sourdough rolls, and revamping our business ideals.
To celebrate the seasonal shifts we have themed family gifts (Spring is Art, Summer is Music, Fall is Books, and Winter is Handmade): for our family gift this year we got Robert Macfarlane and Jackie Morris’ book ‘Lost Words‘. It’s a gorgeous large format hardcover book with lovely nature pictures and poetry to conjure back words of nature into our story lexicon. We highly recommend it.
Enjoy the changes, enjoy each other.