Sep 29, 2012

Shine On Harvest Moon

It is the season of the Harvest Moon,
that pale amber orb of light
smiling down on a bountiful earth
on these late September nights.
Now is the time to gather in.
The fields and forest are ripe
And abundant now for harvest;
The apples are red, the pumpkins gold
And the harvest moon is in the sky
And the nights are growing cold.



  Full Corn Moon or Full Harvest Moon –  "This full moon’s name is attributed to Native Americans because it marked when corn was supposed to be harvested."
It is also known as the Singing Moon,Wine Moon, Elk Call Moon...In English Medieval times it was called Barley Moon.... 



The Harvest Moon is the full moon closest to the Autumn Equinox...It is during this time  that we take stock of what surrounds us, a transitional time...discarding that which holds us back...many clear out old things in order to welcome in the new ...I have read a lot of blogs lately talking about the de-cluttering that they have been doing....the hubby & I have been doing the same thing as well.. in a very big way...

I relate more to the moon because of its association with water...my Scorpio sign is water so it would seem natural that I would be drawn to it... there is something soothing about the moonlight as well as the coolness, calmness  & quiet that seems present in the night air..... This moon is a signal that the time is near to go into hibernation...For me, that means books & studying, genealogy research, movies, crafting & sewing but especially planning next year's garden.... It has a strong association with gardening from planting seeds around a full moon to the gathering of the food with this Harvest Moon... We have worked with the seasonal cycles & now it is time for a rest for not only ourselves but Mother Earth...a time to replenish...

                 
Harvest
By the Harvest Moonlight, the farmers were able to gather the food until well into the night...Maybe some still do...Corn, pumpkins, squash, beans, apples, tomatoes, onions,  pears appearing at Farmer's Markets everywhere... So please support your local growers!!!
Nothing better when straight from Mother Nature!!



I wanted to share this photo I took this month of the moon...I was pretty happy with it because it's the first time I have gotten a picture of the Crescent Moon that actually looked like a Crescent!!

 

Enjoy tonight's Full Moon....It's not in the stars for those of us in Maine to see it tonight because of the cloud cover so hopefully tomorrow night...

Happy Harvest!



Photo credits: unless otherwise noted  photos are courtesy of Pinterest

Sep 26, 2012

"Chickens" of the Corn

I will be back next week with Wednesday Women so I thought this week I would post a Chicken Chronicles post. It has been a while since I posted about the girls so I thought it was time to update....Summer is over & it was hard on my girls...I have only 6 left...After Chicklet died, I lost two more to old age, then recently lost one to a neighbor's dog which I unfortunately saw......I had also lost the two Roosters to predators quite a while ago...wandering too far from home... So things have gotten sadly quiet around here...

The girls have become a very tight little group & I am spoiling them a bit more...
The corn garden is getting a clean-out next week 
so I opened it up for a playground for them 

& they are having fun!!

 & talking up a storm.....it is nice to hear them so happy...

 nibbling on the little corn cobs that are left on the stalks...


 loosening the soil......

  eating up the bugs....
 & tearing down some stalks too....

they are great little clean -up gardeners...

So here in a Maine garden dwell some "Children" of the Corn... 
I wonder if Stephen King would agree...:)


Sep 24, 2012

Birthdays & The Autumn Equinox

Today is my son's birthday...

So I thought it would be a good time to not only wish him a Happy Birthday but celebrate the beginning of Autumn which actually started on the 22nd.......
One of my favorite times of the year....So I spent the afternoon in the woods today...just me & Mother Nature...I decided to build a Maine Mandala in honor of the equinox....


I had been wanting to make a flower mandala all summer but never got around to it.....Maybe I was suppose to wait until now...Because today felt right & it was gorgeous out...


 They say you can see the signs of winter in the Autumn season...They are right...I was amazed at what emerged from my gathering of nature items...Pine boughs & cones, acorns, & asters, maple leaves & rag weed... It reminds me of Christmas...


The nights are getting longer & colder...The pantry is filling with good things from the garden....The sunlight comes through the trees at dusk at a softer angle.....Sweatshirts & blankets are being brought out...Even the politics have been enjoyable for this Liberal Obama Supporter...
The Hubby want to rebuild the rocks on the left...I am not sure what it was...it may have once been the foundation of an out building from one of the neighboring farms...we are going to do something...I am making this a scared place...I have been reading about sacred spaces that other fellow bloggers have made,...I think I have found mine...




"Autumn is the celebration and the accumulation of the fullness of growth.  It is the season of harvest and sacrifice, the gifting and the letting go, and the knowing that it is time to face the darker months to come.  Each year there are challenges and not every flower makes it to seed. 

The fall season, with its shedding, change, and the going within, reflects what is shifting in this moment.  Astrologically the planets have aligned to facilitate the dissolving of old forms, patterns, and the release of old ways.  We are pushed to go within. As the established authority is tested and reshaped, we are brought to question what the source of our own authority is. Saturn in Scorpio on Oct. 5th calls forth our strength and courage to live from our inner truth and authenticity and will call for more transparency, integrity and accountability. We came here to wake up, to be present, real, and authentic so we can embrace the higher light. Only when we live aligned with universal truth our purpose begins to flow."

Sep 18, 2012

Harvest

I love this time of the year...the food in the garden is reaching its peak & there is something comforting about putting up your own food to use on those cold winter days.....I think working in harmony with Nature to grow these plants makes you appreciate not only the food but Nature itself. Your well being is dependent on her...

I tried something new & dehydrated Swiss Chard this year instead of freezing it... 

I want to become less dependent on a freezer for food storage...This will be nice to throw in soups...
 The last bunch of Oregano for the year...
The plants are spreading so when
all dried I was very happy with how much I ended up with....

Two pints & almost a quart...

& the cute little label courtesy of the Graphics Fairy

The basil was outstanding this year....
what a difference some good compost can make...

Parsley & Cilantro 

My cukes did not do as well this year...the plants were huge but the fruit was sparse so I need to find a new place to plant next year...but I did get enough of them to get a batch of Bread & Butter Pickles....So I thought I would share my favorite recipe...



Bread & Butter Pickles

15 cups sliced pickling Cucumbers
3 onions sliced ( I like Vadalia Onion) 
1/4 cup pickling salt
4 cups cracked ice

In a 2 gallon crock, place the ingredients and mix well...
Place a small plate on top & weigh down.... I put a gallon vinegar bottle on top...
then I cover it with a towel... I usually let this set for the afternoon on the kitchen table  
hen before bed I take the vinegar bottle off  & put the crock in the refrigerator overnight...
The next morning drain the cuke mixture well & begin heating the water in the Canner.

In a large pot mix:
2 1/2 cups vinegar
2 1/2 cups sugar
3/4 tsp Turmeric
1/2 tsp Celery seed
1 Tblsp Mustard seed

Add cukes & cook over medium low heat. Bring almost to a boil but not a boil!
Remove from heat. Spoon into sterilized jars & process for 10 minutes in a 
hot water bath... This will make 6 pints of pickles... 

These are yummy so enjoy!! Now on to the tomatoes!!


Sep 14, 2012

Welcoming a New Family Member...



I am back after a forced hiatus from the web world...my computer decided to end it all & leave me stranded for a bit... But I am back & my first post is one of very happy news for our family...My Baby Girl is now engaged to a wonderful man & isn't he handsome!!!....we are so happy to welcome Alex into our  group...actually he was already embraced by our clan...this just makes the membership official!!! 



So Congratulations to Melody & Alex.... 
We love you both so miuch!!

First comes love then comes marriage.....then.....

You know I had to put that in Baby Girl!!!! :)

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