While summer is still officially calendar-wise going on, in reality and on the old 24 season calendar, it is already 処暑 shosho, the limit of heat. It's also the window this year between a rainy summer and the typhoon season. Long, hot, dry days have been few and far between this summer and I'm playing the weather lottery trying to suck the marrow out of these last days and get all my drying done. Being at the foothills of the Alps we lose the sun by about 4pm even this time of year. Just down the road at the girls' kinder it is still sunny that time of day but up here it's in the mountain shadow and the air gets cool and damp feeling.
But today we got the rye dry- yeah! The machine that separates the grains from the stalks broke down part way through the harvesting job and a lot of chaff ended up in the grain bags. Separating it out is a huge job but we're getting there- hence the random piles of chaff on the deck.
The blue net hanging up is full of halved cherry tomatoes I'm drying. I usually dry Roma tomatoes but they're not ripening yet this year (I see green tomato chutney on the horizon...) so I went with cherry tomatoes. Sundried tomatoes are amazing when they work but you need at least three days of dry hot weather or they just fester and mould. I think it's a gamble worth taking, though.
So come on sunshine, you can do it. Only two more days!