Oh my goodness, what a last couple of days. I've gotten more done than I dared hope for. First of all, the goose is 100% back to normal. Wound looks great and the bird is stomping around like nobody's business. The garden: wow. I am SO happy with how much work has gotten done out there. Even more has been accomplished since these pictures were taken because my tot was happy to dig a hole in the dirt out there for two hours this morning while I worked. He would dig it, than fill it back in and dig it out again. TWO HOURS. It was like that Paul Newman movie where he's in jail and has to dig a hole and fill it back up again and again, what was that movie? It was the one with the scene where he wins a bet by eating like 30 hard boiled eggs? Ugh.
Anyway. After that morning of work we came inside and had cookies.
I can't lift all of the dahlias and cannas for storage until we get a hard frost. So we get to enjoy them a bit longer.
The dehydrator is running drying herbs: parsley, rosemary and sage along with some extra mushrooms I bought the other night.
I butchered a couple of young roosters and we had "chicken paprika " from The Joy of Cooking. It was delicious. The roosters were TINY but if you look at the old recipes birds were back then (before the invention of the Cornish Cross). The recipe I used called for a 2 & 1/2 lb. bird for example. I had some misgivings about getting rid of those roos that little but we are awash in young roosters right now.
Still to do: pull and preserve the leeks, move the perennial herbs to the other side of the garden. Trim asparagus bed. Cover crop. Butcher more birds. Maybe make and freeze pasta with all of the quail eggs piling up.
Read, relax, enjoy my family and friends. Maybe do some sewing. Anyone else looking forward to winter? Just a little?