Well, that's it - gardening season is officially over.
That's not to say there's not plenty of work that remains to be done, in and around the garden. Not a chance.
It's just that our short growing season has officially come to an end.
Because of this.
Yup, you're seeing that correctly - when I woke this morning the temps were in the mid twenties.
I walked over to fill the bird feeder and there was ice on the deck and frost on the deck railings.
And there were tiny birdie footprints in the frost. Poor little things!
I've been watching the weather forecast, of course, and I knew it was coming.
Which is why yesterday I spent a couple of hours in the garden, harvesting everything that was left.
Not a bad final harvest for a tiny little crooked garden! We certainly got our money's worth out of those seeds I bought last winter.
After I got a big pot of soup simmering on the stove, I settled down at the kitchen counter with that pile of dried beans...and a martini...and got busy shelling.
These gorgeous beans will make a few amazing pots of soup this winter!
The autumn sunlight streaming in on this frigid morning was so lovely, I couldn't stop snapping photos.
The wood stove has been lit continuously since Sunday, and truly does an amazing job of keeping the house cozy and warm.
In the mornings before work, I sit in that leather chair closest to the fire with my coffee and a good book.
What a perfect way to start the day!
Of course, no photo of my home would be complete without a few doggie toys thrown around.
This little monkey belongs to....guess who....?
THIS little monkey!
She loves to find the sun puddles in the mornings and settle in for a snooze.
As we move into the next season I am so grateful for the months of warmth and sunshine that gave us such a wonderful harvest this summer. Our growing season may be short but we sure do pack an awful lot of garden goodness into such a short span of time!
Now it's time for cozy fires and good books. Which is just fine with me - I could use a little rest and relaxation!