I love Fall. I love the colors, the smells, the clothes, but more than anything I love putting my garden to bed.
The concept started years ago, the idea generated from a novel I was reading. It’s simply the process of removing the dead plants and any remaining weeds and covering the dirt with a good blanket of leaves and mulch. I still can remember the characters in the book working hard all day and then giving the garden tools a good cleaning, storing them for the winter and going into the house to enjoy a pot of stew. The season was over, and now it was time to rest. We still have several weeks before that happens, but the work is winding down, the mums are blooming and the leaves are beginning to fall from my walnut trees. Every day I look for peeks of color in the trees. The splendor is just around the corner!
I’ve always enjoyed “finishing” – starting is fun, but finishing is so much better and that’s how I see fall. Although I have weeks of picking up walnuts and blowing leaves, it will eventually be done and I will go into the house for the winter (which I love almost as much as Fall). I look forward to pots of stew, Sunday afternoons by the fire with whatever book I’m reading, and resting.
I hope you’ll join me this Fall as we prepare for our season of rest. I’ll be doing some traveling next month, and would love to take you with me. Let’s explore and celebrate life outside our circles of ordinary! Meanwhile I’m looking for some good stew recipes.
“I have fought well. I have finished the race, and I have been faithful.”
2 Timothy 4:7 CEV