September Arrives

September has arrived with a bit of a nip in the air, a hint of the autumn to come.  The whirl of the summer season of hosting volunteer groups has come to an end, and we are settling into school and work.

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Harvesting and preserving are in full swing as well.  Apples and grapes were gleaned from near our former home.  The whole family helped with the picking.

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After the children harvested all the grapes they could reach, they settled in with library books.

Today we canned six large jars of grape juice and forty-four quarts of applesauce.  The day was long, there were several mishaps, and I am bone-tired; but there is deep joy and satisfaction in working together as a family to preserve food and drink for the winter.

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