Layered

The sun rising up over Rose Bay on a Monday morning in September.

Above the the trees, over the bay, past the headland and through the clouds …

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An Historic Edge

The edge of the roof on St John’s Anglican Church, Lunenburg, Nova Scotia. 

Some of you may remember that this lovely lady suffered a devastating fire onHallowe’en  night, 2001. This site has been a place of worship ever since the Town of Lunenburg was settled in 1753.  It would have been an easy decision to tear down what remained, and build a spanking new church in its place. So, it is a great credit to the community (of the church, the town, the province and the country) that the decision was taken to do the right thing – not the easy thing. Instead, a massive and completely sympathetic restoration  was undertaken and completed in 2005.  

And here she stands. Lovely on a foggy September evening. 

Bearing Gifts

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Change always comes bearing gifts – Price Pritchett

Perserving season is here.  The time for hovering over bubbling pots.  Here, some lovely local peaches and pears change into a delicious (and favourite) chutney. If I don’t preserve anything else this season, this chutney is a must.  We reach for it in the deepest of winter to accompany any warming curry we are having for dinner.  But today, with the sharpness of the vinegar and the sweetness of the fruit rising from the pot, this house smells absolutely glorious!  Here the recipe – a gift for you…..

Peach & Pear Chutney

4 each, peach, pear & onion and 12 tomatoes (all peeled and chopped) into the pot.  Cover with 1 pint of vinegar, 4 cups of dark brown sugar and 3 tbsp of pickling spice (tied in cheesecloth). Bring to rolling boil, then reduce heat to simmer until reduced by half (may take a few hours). Pour into sterilized jars.

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The September Garden …

Glorious September!  The queen of the harvest season.  The potatoes and garlic have already been dug, cured and stored, but there are plenty of fruit and veg to tend to.  

We have been enjoying the cukes for about a month already, but they still keep coming…. And coming. Mmmmmmmmm!

  
How does that song go? “There are two things in life that money can’t buy – that’s true love and home grown tomatoes!” 😉

   
 
The Artic Kiwi is almost ready.  The trick will be getting them before the birds do. They are tiny – but tastey!

  
I’m trying a few sweet potatoe vines. I’m looking forward seeing what (if anything) under the vines. This is not exactly sweet potato country, so this is a little bit of an experiment. 

  
The borage and calendula provide some colour as well as nice teas for me – and happiness for the bees.

   
 
A little cute little Johnny-jump-up peaking up through the sage.

  
And Razmataz sunflowers!  

 
We probably have still another month or more before the garden goes to bed for the winter.  For now, I’ll focus on savouring the sights, sound and smells as well as the produce.