There is a coolness in the air that I can only recognise as Autumn at Fairy Wren Cottage. Today less windows are open, long sleeves are a must, woollen socks  are getting worn during daylight hours.

A heartfelt need to be outside as much as possible for as long as possible.

The deep clean on the front verandah became the catalyst to start painting the house. We’ve had the paint for three years, then changed colours about 18 months ago. One of those projects that goes from top priority when it is warm to the bottom of the list because something else becomes more important, to top priority again when we panic because we know from experience how many weeks of painting weather are left before wintertime.

On the weekend I planted out broad bean seedlings that I started in trays. It was good to walk around the veg beds and tuck  5 or 6 seedlings in together where there was little openings – we will harvest the broad bean tips, so delicious.

How are the white cabbage moths at your place, they have been brutal here. I know one experienced gardener on the mainland who doesn’t plant brassicas until the white cabbage moths disappear from his garden – it is a great strategy but unfortunately we don’t have that window of planting opportunity here.

I always under estimate how full the days are in Autumn. Planting fruit and veg and fruit trees also equals harvests and doing something with those harvests. Batches of zucchini pickles and relish are being made, fruit trees checked daily for ripe fruit. Baskets and colanders filled outside, emptied inside and contents washed and processed. Smaller than usual harvests due to the colder Spring but we are grateful for everything and stretching it as far as we can.

Today we celebrate Mabon, the Autumn Equinox in the Celtic Wheel of the Year.

Guided by the seasons.

Sending Light and Love,

Jude x



Autumn Equinox – Mabon

March 21, 2023



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