So yesterday was a day of blasting blustery wind and driving rain. The harbour was closed, and mad as I am, I went to the markets to try to sell stuff. I should have known better and stayed in bed.
I soon learnt the value of low profile display stands, and how a stack of books can shelter lighter items from being blown away. For the first time I appreciated the heaviness of two of my display stands, as they stood solid when everyone around was having things blow over.
You could hear the big gusts coming, and if you were listening for it, get up and hold onto whatever was the most vulnerable item, while trying to chat to customers with their faces in the teeth of the gale.
I was very glad to be able to pack up and head home, to nap on the couch, knit, read and watch rubbish TV for the rest of the day. Here in our hollow, the wind roars overhead while we sit safe. Everyone went to bed early and slept soundly for the first time in weeks.
This morning, what a change! Summer had blown itself away, and there was a welcome coolness and stillness in the air as the gentler days of Autumn set in. Clear blue skies and gentle breezes, but most of all that tang in the air of ‘change’. The seasons turned last night and today is a fresh start.
After the misery of this summer, when all we could do was huddle beneath the elements, it’s time to make plans for the future and to plant. My fingers are itching to get food seeds in the ground.
It was new moon on Saturday, so now is the time to plant leafy things for winter. Those in the USA will think I’m mad, but while we don’t get snow, our summers are our off season for the garden, and winter is the gentler season, when things grow well. In summer, the humidity is fierce, the rain is very heavy, and the sun savage. There are of course some plants which will thrive in these conditions, but few are edible, and even fewer have seeds readily available to the home gardener. If I hadn’t joined the local organic gardening group and done some experimentation of my own, I would be lost.
So this year I am going to crack the lettuce growing challenge. Tropical insects are enormous, and tender tasty lettuce is a favourite treat, so there will need to be exclusion netting, automatic watering, and most importantly the right seeds. There are onions to plant and sunflower seeds to save, basil seeds to test and a myriad of other tasks.
I might even tackle thinning the bamboo.
But right now, I am going to have another cup of coffee and enjoy the cool breeze across my shoulders.