Fall is officially here, as we have passed the Invernal Equinox. Somehow the weather heard about the astronomical event, and so we have been enjoying some crisp mornings at The Havens.
In fact, the weather prognosticators believed that we were going to experience a low in the mid-40s last night, and so we performed the annual fall “Migration of the House Plants” ritual last night. The jungle has returned to the living room.
It’s clear that the peace lilies need some attention. They do get sunburned when they are outside. I didn’t really have time to perform proper maintenance procedures last night, I’ll tend to them later today.
Of course, while we were moving the plants in we also moved in a few other critters who thought they had found a nice place to live. As soon as the plants were in the living room we had a couple of confused wasps wandering around. We moved them outside, and thinking we had corralled them all did not really inspect the rest of the house.
Imagine my surprise when I found a wasp sitting on the handle of the spoon that was in the apple butter pot. She thought she had found Wasp Manna from Heaven and was enjoying the free meal. Alas, I disturbed her when I picked up the spoon to stir the pot. She did not sting me, but landed on the hot metal of the stove. As she tried to scurry away from view, she burned her feet. I scooped her up onto a piece of paper and took her outside.
Jim brought home a 40 pound box of golden delicious apples on Saturday. He got a heck of a deal for them as they were all bruised and basically un-sellable. He got the whole box for $8.00. So we cut them up, cooked them, ran them through the strainer and wound up with over 5 gallons of apple puree.
That is a ten gallon pot, by the way. I took out about a gallon and made apple butter. The rest I seasoned gently with cinnamon, cloves and nutmeg and canned as apple sauce. In the end, there were 17 quarts of apple sauce, and 6 pints of apple butter. Not bad for $8 and an afternoon’s work.
Out in the garden, the sweet autumn clematis is in full swing.
AT the base of it you can see that the sedums are also in full bloom. The pollinators are quite happy about the situation.
A video would really get the “busy-ness” of the sedum patch across. Meanwhile, the asters are also popular. This is a little mason bee.
Out behind the pond in the wild garden, the bittersweet vine is wearing garlands of berries.
Makes me think of a phrase I thought up yesterday while I was walking Ruby.
“The water oak draped itself in a tapestry cape of grapes.”
Maybe I’ll remember my camera today, and see if I can catch that image.