Early morning walking, just to clear out the cobwebs before breakfast. The leaves are coming down now, all colours, collecting, gathering, under all the trees.
There’s also been an abundance of acorns – I can’t remember such a plentiful year. Good to see the trees have it all under control, even in these strange environmental times.
There’s something about the symmetry of growing veg – you start with earth, and you return to earth. Dust to dust, ashes to ashes. Or something like that.
I have harvested the rest of the pumpkins. A beautiful orange haul – mostly handed out to friends now. There’s only so much pumpkin you can eat! I’m going to try some different varieties next year.
I cut back the enormous sweet potato plant to discover only 1 knobbly tuber and 2 small ones…. but in the process I also dug up a load of really good red potatoes, which must have been left over from the previous occupant. They were much better than the ones I’d sown myself.
Generally I have been tidying up, composting, pulling out the spent plants. Everything collapsing back down to soil.
I did note, however, at Sissinghurst they are still harvesting beans and other veg. That’s what a team of experts does for you. Not jealous… well not really!
I had a great day doing some painting with Jacqueline Summer. It’s ages since I have really done any art and I really enjoyed myself, working with charcoal and then paint. We started with Mary Fedden’s paintings as inspiration. I didn’t know her at all, but her pictures have such an amazing sense of colour, and a strange sense of perspective. It was quite liberating! She lived a long life so there are plenty of pictures to look at online. I especially liked Lilies at Moonlight, and one with a bowl of spaghetti, although I have now hopelessly forgotten it’s name. In the latter the tomatoes almost disappear into the red background. I felt inspired by that with my plums.
A few more pics of the veg harvest from Sept, things have moved on quickly as the light departs. But these still show the allotment looking (mostly) green.