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Harvest

This weekend it has started to feel like fall around here; there have been a series of rainy days and the air is cool, even when the sun shines.

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The changing season and the start of a new school year remind me of my own good fortune as I get ready to return to work in times that are so difficult for so many.

In the garden the end of summer is apparent as well.  Peppers are ripening,

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and so are the tomatillos.

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The herbs continue to grow as well, with sage,

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thyme,

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and sorrel still green and fresh.

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Some of the plants are still flowering, including peppers,

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cucumbers,

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chives,

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and eggplants.

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We’ll have to see how far they get before the first frost.

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Picking and pickling peppers

Today I decided it was finally time to pick some of the peppers that are ripening on the deck.  Even after I picked all of the ripe ones there are still a few more out there that are not quite ready yet.

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After picking a selection of ripe peppers (we have jalapeno, cayenne, and a third kind called a Tunisian Baklouti), I brought them in and got them ready to pickle.

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There is nothing fancy about the method I used for these pickles.  I cut the stems off the peppers, peeled some garlic cloves, quickly blanched a few spring onions, cleaned the baby carrots some friends had brought us from their garden, and squeezed everything into two wide mouth, pint-sized, mason jars.

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I tossed in some whole pink peppercorns and some Penzey’s Shrimp and Crab Boil, and filled each jar to the brim with boiling white vinegar.

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I let the jars cool and then refrigerated them.  These pickles will need to stay refrigerated, and should keep for at least a month.

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In the front

Even though I see it every time I come home, for some reason I don’t usually think of the front of my house as something worth photographing.  The roses are lovely

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and so are the other flowers.

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It wasn’t until this morning, when I went out to get the paper and realized that the roses needed some attention, that I found this visitor:

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a Large red slug (aka European red slug).

This particular slug really is quite large (at least 2 inches when not fully extended) and seems to have made itself right at home on the stem of what I think are peonies.

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Good thing we have these guys guarding our door.

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