Green (and red and orange and yellow and russet and umber and vermillion and mauve) greetings to you.
We are up to our elbows – and beyond – in apples. We are pressing apple cider; and drinking three-week old cider with a kick. We are stewing apples and making apple sauce; and then going on to apple butter. We use a mix of apples, so there’s no need to add sugar, but I do grind up some stick cinnamon with a little salt (to help grind those hard sticks to a fine powder) and throw that, plus a whole cinnamon stick, into the pot. Want a taste? Here’s our ultra-simple recipe.
We are also hard at work on the rebuilding of the goat barn, and the erection of a glorious goat tower. Foundations are being laid; plans are being drawn up; supplies are being bought; helpers are standing by. The next time I write to you (in two weeks), I will share photos of our progress. The preparation stage – now! – is slow. It requires attention and double-checking, and super focus on details. But once we are above the ground, with plans in front of us, and supplies and helpers at hand, work will proceed at a dizzying pace.
Join with us in your prayers and your ceremonies, or at any of the three upcoming work weekends, as we raise high our monuments to our dearly beloved friends, the goats – in the secure knowledge and sparkling hope that they will once again bring their special joy to this land.
And, no, it is not too late to harvest herbs. In fact, this is the perfect time to dig roots and make a hardy greens salad. Want to go for a walk? Good! Let’s go.
~ Hardy Greens Weed Walk ~