Today is the last day of summer. Usually this makes me all blue and wistful and wishing to turn back the clock and enjoy summer again rather than moving on into the slow but steady decline into cold and gloom and darkness and more cold and just blerghhhhhh.
But this summer has been great. It feels like it's been going on forever. Unofficially (just on my memory) we seem to have had close to a whole month of days over 30 degrees. Day after day, every day for a month. That's what I call summer weather!
The garden had mixed results, aphids nixed the snake beans leaving us with a harvest of one single, solitary bean. The corn was amazing and I have my fingers crossed for the second crop. They are fattening but need a little more sunny weather to ripen. The tomatoes were fabulous. We tried some heirloom varieties and got less volume than last year but seriously yummy when we did get them. The salad greens all shot to seed really early with the heat (the very weather when you want to eat salad you can't harvest any...) but we let them go and hopefully will be enjoying salads way into jacket and jeans season. The cucumbers completely got away from us. 20 odd plants times oodles of cucumbers and we were just overwhelmed. Friend and neighbour A salt pickled about 40 kilos of them all together. Me? Only 5 kilos of kimchi. I just don't need that much salt in my life!
We're behind on the Autumn plantings but only just. I mean it's not Autumn until tomorrow, right?
We got more chooks so that was a huge yeah (ignoring the reason we needed more...) Meg learnt how to use the horizontal bar and was thrilled, Amy stopped being so laissez-faire about bed-wetting ("I didn't get up because I was too tired." "It was dark." "You didn't come and wake me up." etc etc) so I have stopped washing bedding multiple times a week- hallelujah!!! We got through pool season without getting mizu-ibo (molluscum contagiosum), tobihi (impetigo contagiosa) or natsukaze (adenovirus or enterovirus) (don't these things sound better in Japanese?) which was fabulous and a 100% improvement on last year! We got through Meg's first school holidays, K's amazing lack of holidays, my juggling work and holidays, English Summer Camp, BBQ marathons, visiting friends, friends visiting, phew....
After all that Autumn is really a bit of a much needed rest I guess. Well other than pulling up the summer garden, digging everything over, planting the winter garden, the apple harvest, the tomato harvest, tomato sauce making, three sport's days, PTA recyclable collecting, Autumn roadside cleaning, two little girl birthdays.... Ahhh I'm tired just thinking about it!