As I look outside I see mist on the mountains. The mornings are beginning to get that chill and so I am in double layers and my favourite ugg boots. Autumn seems to well and truly have arrived in our parts, although it had a few false starts this season. We had some rain over the the past week. Much needed rain. The poplars have turned a brilliant shade of yellow.
We spent most of the weekend out in the garden again. I moved some self-seeded seedlings around, pulled out a few weeds and admired how well everything was growing. Which is not something I've been able to say much in the past year. Fingers crossed, but it looks like rocket, kale, silverbeet, broccoli, radish and mustard salad will be the mainstays of our winter garden.
We lit the fire for the first time on Friday night. Daniel has been busy lately carting wood, which he seems to prefer to do with friends, preferably manly flannel wearing ones. He found an old tank at the local tip, and so we now have some handy storage, closer to the house, for all that wood. One of the good things about wood is that it is free, as long as we source it off one of our relative's properties. One of the local sayings around here is "there is wood and there is wood". You want the good sort that burns really well. Preferably a tree that has dried out over several seasons (since we are never organized enough to start our wood pile in Spring). This year we found such a tree and so I look forward to a season of easy to start fires, because I have used the other type of wood many times before, and it is not fun on a cold evening to try lighting a fire that does not want to be lit. We reluctantly purchased a brand new chainsaw this year, and Daniel opted for a big Stihl model with a reliable reputation, but eventually it will pay for itself in savings.
So how was your weekend?
Did you feel a change in seasons too?
Did you manage to get out into the garden?
Do you heat with wood too?