Endless Autumn


Eliot (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I recently came across this quote from George Eliot:

“Delicious autumn!  My very soul is wedded to it, and if I were a bird I would fly about the earth seeking the successive autumns.”

Yes, so would I.  Years ago, I took a trip to Costa Rica.  It was supposed to be 10 days, but stretched out to 3 weeks because I didn’t want to come home.  When I did come home in mid-July, I immediately began mental planning to move to C.R.  I inventoried everything in my apartment to discern how much cash I could assemble, I listened to my Spanish language tapes a few dozen times, bought a Spanish-English dictionary, began researching “teach English overseas” websites.  I daydreamed about the conversation I would have with my boss to tell him I was quitting.

And then Fall arrived — I got home from work one evening, and That Fall Smell was in the cool dusk air.  And I gave it all up: pura vida and gallo pinto simply couldn’t hold a candle to wood smoke and chilly air.

Eliot’s quote reminded me of the movie Endless Summer, where two surfers follow summer around the globe so that they can have optimal surfing conditions.

So, I say forget summer (I already have), what fall activity would you want to carry on in every corner of the world?  Me, I’d have a campfire in as many chilly, gold shimmering, cold-smelling places as I could.  And I would inhale That Fall Smell deeply.

In the beginning . . . .

Oh, the pressure of the first blog post.  I’ve been writing entries for months in my head, but now I’ve finally gone and done it and actually started this little sucker up.

We are myself (Lisa), my husband (L’Homme) and our daughter (L’Oiseau).  There’s also a maniacal cat (Biscuit) and a dog that’s almost too mellow (Popcorn).  Yes, I do realize that I’ve named my pets after food.  If you keep reading this blog, you’ll soon see that was no accident.  Food occupies a central role around here.

The supporting roles are filled by organic market gardening, child-rearing, knitting, crafting, etc., etc.

More later about what is going into the garden right now.  That’s right, I said what’s going in, even though most gardeners around here (southeastern United States) are taking more out at this time of year.  We reverse the seasons here at Etc. Farms — we grow only for ourselves in the summer months and do most of our growing and selling during the Fall-Winter-Spring.  So, more later about what we are planting.

Thanks for reading!