Come and gone, but not for long.
It’s the first of October and I am sitting on the cold, bathroom floor. Petey, the orange tabby is curled up beside me in a little nest. This morning, we made an emergency vet call because we were convinced that our orange companion, Petey, had a UTI or FLUTD. All vets are closed on Sundays on PEI, hence the emergency visit. He had a shot of antibiotics, pain medication and has been put on a special diet. I feel the need to sit with him for the day and monitor him – check on his pee and simply let him know that he has someone here with him. I do love him and hate to think of him in any kind of distress. The vet did tell us that it was caught early enough that he will make a full recover – but still, poor Petey!!! Regardless, I am still worried about him 🙁
And so, I am taking this bathroom time with a sleeping Petey to share with you the harvesting photos that I took over the month of September. I actually wrote much of this blog post last week so it may seem a little disjointed from my sweet cat, Petey.
My love for this earth bursts during this golden cast month. The mornings and evenings are cool while the afternoons are drenched in a favourable heat. I rejoice, knowing that the tomatoes on the vine will ripen and our pumpkins are finally swelling with each setting sun (in this case, in a tree). The tips of the maples are painted ruby red and the mossy forest floor is sprouting F U N G I !
In all Mother Earth’s beauty, I have been busy harvesting from our gardens. Organic food is so perishable that I have been hopping right on preserving. Jams, relishes, pickles or simply freezing. I grew up on a 2 acre property with a very large organic garden and was so accustomed to preserved food that I really feel like it’s a natural part of life. Sometimes, I feel like I am a 20 something year old who is meant to be a crone, living tucked away and dabbling in spinning a handmade home (refraining from turning my neighbours milk sour or destroying crops, of course).
The days, grow colder and colder and I am anticipating the deep, dark. We have had a steady harvest of beans, squash, tomatoes, beets, carrots, cucumbers and a multitude of herbs! Our small freezer is already packed full of stewed tomatoes, blanched beans and foraged berries (we need to invest in a deep freeze!). All of this food is coming from a relatively small patch of land. We live on a 1.25 acre plot, most of which is wooded, and the total area used for gardening is VERY small! To this point, I have done all of the gardening on my own, with just a shovel and a rake. Perhaps I should delve more into how, but it’s just so simple and very, very rewarding! Not only in the basic fact that you’re not paying for food but in the whole process of watching a plant grow, flower and produce fruit. In a season, you over see the cycle of life which ultimately nourishes your body and soul >.<
This evening, as I sit with Petey, Jamie is making Veggie Burgers using bulgar and plenty of kale from the garden. Roasting rutabaga and beets. I’ll likely come back in here to keep Petey company afterwards (we need to keep him from roaming because his infection makes him pee outside of the litter box, we don’t want him playing with the other cats and his food is separate from hugo & Pangurs).
This morning when we drove out to our vet clinic, we passed by the new Amish farms here on PEI. They are stunning – beautiful handmade homes and barns and gardens, arg! I gush over them every time! We took a different route home and passed by their freshly built, one room school house.
M O O D S
I am currently listening to one of my favourite musical groups – Boards of Canada They help me go into a meditative state when I’m writing or making art (and wondering how I actually provided the video in my last blog post…. WordPress evades me ). Reading Issue # 5 of the graphic novel Sweet Tooth (it’s super if you like apocalyptic stories) and hoping to do an Amazon order to get Dina’s Book by Herbjørg Wassmo and The Good People by Hannah Kent 😀 All of this while sitting on the bathroom floor, drinking a glass of wine while Petey rests.
Happy October, I very much hope your cupboards are full and your appetite for books and nature and art is being quenched in some way or another. It’s time for our veggie burgers <3 Goodnight to you all!