After traveling much of August, we returned to a bountiful harvest from the vegetable gardens: Roma beans, wax beans, spaghetti squash, greens, cucumbers, and yellow squash.
While we were gone, the wildflowers burst into bloom: purple iron weed, pink queen of the meadow, yellow goldenrod, and a variety of asters. The hydrangea bush also began to show its late summer hues.
One of our neighbors on the trail shared some of his chicken of the woods with us. After dipping the fungi in a milk and egg mixture, followed by cornmeal, and frying in a bit of olive oil, they were so delicious that I ate until my belly was tight.
The harvest has started to wind down. The children dug the potatoes. We pulled the corn stalks and bundled them to take to the farmer’s market. The onions were harvested. After a number of days of very hot weather, the bean plants were dried up and ready to be pulled.
What remains in the gardens is carrots, tomatoes, cucumbers, and several varieties of squash and pumpkins.
School has begun for the children and me. It is a new year, and I am excited to be trying some new methods and ideas. Nature study is a once-a-week practice we are beginning. For fifteen minutes, we observe something in nature and make an entry in our journals either by sketching or writing. The discipline is a good one. This past week’s journals included sketches of a cluster of grass, a golden rod blossom, a hosta leaf, and a sassafras leaf. My observations this past week were of a butterfly (I think it may be a fritillary.) on a queen of the meadow bloom. When I first spotted the butterfly, and as I walked closer, it began to flit around the area. After I was settled in the grass, the creature lighted on the blossoms, and for nearly ten minutes, it stayed in one place and opened and closed its wings. The photos were as close as I could get, because it flew off as soon as I approached. Actually if you look closely, you will see two butterflies!
“You are worthy, our Lord and God,
to receive glory and honor and power,
for you created all things,
and by your will they were created
and have their being”- Revelation 4:11 NIV