Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Packing in Summer (to enjoy it later)

Summer is closing in on its final moments, and I am soaking it in as much as possible; trying to stay awake for each beautiful golden moment. The spiders are busily trapping the light (and the insects who follow it) in their webs, the geese flew south over our house two days ago, the squirrels are planting hazelnuts in my yard, and there is a crisp-ness to everything.

I have been busy getting Bronwyn settled in school and harvesting the abundance which is otherwise known as our yard and garden. This week, we canned plums into chutney, butter, and sauce. The chutney is a delicious Indian relish of fruit, ginger, raisins, vinegar, and sugar. It is the Indian answer to sweet and sour. We had so many plums that we decided to also make a plum butter (a reduction of plums with clove, cinnamon, cardamom and nutmeg) and also a plum sauce (like apple sauce).

A long time from now, when the rains have been here for more days than the sun, and when I'm feeling glum, I can open one of these jars of summer and be reminded of the cycle of the seasons. I will take heart and enjoy my winter days while I have them because I know I will be busy with being outside again very soon.


picciolo said...

hey congratulations on your anniversary, your picnic sounds great. And all your jars look full of deliciousness!
: )

Jenni said...

Beautiful pictures--you sure have been busy! What are the little flake-like things in the bowl? Ginger? Sounds like you're getting ready for a cozy winter :)

Colleen MacDonald said...

Thanks you two! Yes, the golden flakes are crystalized ginger that went into the chutney; YUMMY!

Victoria said...

Beautiful post! I wish I was a woman who canned instead of a woman who only opened cans. :0)

Stephanie said...

Plum butter... sounds scrumptious!!

P.S. You have an award on my blog!