Last fall I wrote a piece for Wild + Free on fermenting with children. It is one of my favorite articles I did for the magazine because everyone in our family helped with the photos, the recipes, and the fermentation! One year later, everyone is gathered around again, making a new ferment: Giardiniera. Jeffrey’s endless enthusiasm for fermentation experimentation is contagious. I think we are raising a whole brood of wildcraft makers and brewers.
After the Giardiniera project, we made wild grape soda: one of our September traditions and favorite ferments!
These two cousins have been spending lots of time together!
One moment they might be best buddies and the next moment they might be rolling around, tugging on one another like two little puppies . . . !
The night we walked down to the Harbor in an 80-degree balmy breeze and walked back up the hill again with the cold autumn wind chasing us home.
I traded my roses in for nasturtiums.
Spicy instead of sweet.
Hardy into the autumn.
So abundant, the beds are overflowing with their leaves and blossoms.
And so very filled with light.
You may be wondering if Wallace is very sad and misses his girls terribly when they are at school. After two years of homeschooling, it is certainly a change to have them gone during the school day. And, yes, he does miss them. A lot. He asks about them when they are gone and he likes me to tell stories about them. But, he certainly keeps busy! And he keeps me busy. And he keeps Jeffrey busy. And he deconstructs many things around the house whenever I try to “get something done.” But it is a joy to have so much time one-on-one with Wallace; I feel like I’m getting to know him differently without his sisters. And, oh boy, is he excited when the time comes to pick them up every afternoon!
Because we know it won’t last much longer.
And because when the house is a mess, this is the best place to be together.
I go now
out into that morning
with my black dog
and green boots,
ready to get saturated
with September dew,
tears like jeweled spider webs.
This is where we go after a day of school.
Where the woods are still so green.
Where the light is still so September.
With many thanks to Boppa and Uncle Scott we moved the greenhouse to its new fall and winter home. Ellen is giving it a thorough washing before we fill it with lots of compost and plant it with greens. This will be our first year attempting to grow in all four seasons in Northern Michigan! Jeffrey and I were inspired by listening to a podcast with Elliot Coleman, and now here we go on our first winter gardening adventure . . .
When I showed this photo to Ellen, she said, “It looks like an engagement photo! What would you say if I decided to marry Theo?”