Around here in mid August, Saturday’s sound like a wood splitter, looks like a hottie in ripped jeans and boots (back off ladies, no spectators aloud, he’s all mine!), and smells like a chainsaw and a campfire. The pull of Autumn is upon us and that means wood needs to be split and the garden needs to be harvested and preserved. Plans and lists are being compiled for school materials. The calendar is being filled with the end of the August and early September trips that mark our last hoorahs of summer and transitions into Fall.
We are still experimenting with the soil of the top garden. We produced a bumper crop of potatoes this year but are still struggling on producing quality tomatoes and pickling cucumbers. Our plan for next year is to keep the horses off that part of the garden and to source enough woodchips or even mushroom soil to finally start this gardening technique.
After much thought, we purchased a truckload of firewood this year. Heating with wood is great, but it consumes Brook’s time. Last year we ran low on our wood supply and every Saturday in late winter/early spring was consumed with splitting wood. Normally Brook sources the wood at his parents property, but again that takes time on a Saturday to cut up dead trees and then haul them home to unload and split. In pursuing this lifestyle we are always asking ourselves the question of where to spend our time so that it does not take away from family. There always needs to be a balance of work and play. After a long day of working as a family and individually, we most always celebrate the days end with a campfire in our favorite spot on the property. It does not matter how hot it is because we are already sweaty, dirty, barefoot, in our bathing suits, or all of the above to even care about the heat of the fire. We enjoy a simple dinner some, more work in the garden, and top it all off with a good old fashioned s’more or two.
Have a beautiful start to your week my friends! I am off to pick up our meat chickens and turkeys and then we are headed to the pool to savor these last few weeks of summer.