Shifting seasons

I have slowly been getting my life back in order and recovering from a little souvenir illness I brought back from Peru. After so many weeks away or otherwise indisposed I feel like the world has got away from me a little.

Still, the list of things to do is – very slowly – getting shorter, as are the days. Although it’s technically still autumn, winter arrived here in Hobart a few days ago. I’ve been enjoying the frosty mornings, cold blue-sky days and crisp, starry nights. Having the wood heater going really does help with enjoying the cooler weather, I must admit, and I’ve purchased another load of ‘sustainably-harvested’ firewood.

Meanwhile there’s always work to be done in the garden, no matter the time of year. I’ve harvested the last of the beans, tomatoes and potatoes, plus the surprise Jerusalem artichokes (thank-you former tenants). While I was gone the lettuce went to seed, so at some point I need to dig the seedlings out of the lawn and find a better place for them. The winter brassicas are coming along nicely too, with staggered plantings of broccoli, kale, cauliflower, Brussel’s sprouts and tatsoi to get me through the coming months.

Really though I’m looking forward to the slower pace of winter; to quiet nights in front of the fire, slow cooked meals, sleeping in and time spent with good books. The challenge now is making that happen, with everything else I want to do, and still finding time to research and write.

Somehow, though, I always find time to stop and appreciate the beautiful world around me.

Fall Triptych

What do you like best about winter? Tell me how you celebrate the cold season.

7 Comments on “Shifting seasons

  1. I love Kale during winter. I make smoothies out of it. Winter isn’t bad after all as long as you have a good harvest.

    • Providing you’re lucky enough to live somewhere you can harvest crops in winter! I feel for my friends in colder places. Meanwhile I grew up in the tropics, where winter was the main growing season as the summers were just too hot and wet. There’s no kale where I grew up, yet here the first frosts of the year are turning mine sweet and tender.

  2. I make loads of vegie soups and casseroles for freezing. Sleeping in definitely and red wine šŸ˜€

    I also exercise more, sounds funny but for me, there’s a lot to like about a brisk 30-40 minute walk on cold days (you burn up more calories too which is probably good for all those casseroles and red wine).

    Stay warm in frosty Tassie!

    • Ah, yes, slow food, red wine, relaxation.

      I like walking on sunny winter days: the cold makes me feel more alive somehow. I don’t think I’m going to lose any weight over winter though! I always exercised more in winter in Brisbane though, as the summers are just too hot and humid for getting out and about.

      It’s gorgeous down here at the moment. Cold enough for the wood heater and red wine, but the days are still mostly sunny and dry. Perfect weather in my books!

  3. I understand how the world can get away from you. We all wish the best for blogging friends.
    I am not thinking much about winter now. Ninety degrees doesn’t say winter very well. šŸ˜¦
    The leaves you posted are very beautiful. I have seen so many lovely nature pictures in the blogs. So I guess I have learned to appreciate nature even if it looks barren and bleak and dead in winter.

    • *laugh* No, 90 degrees does not speak of winter! Does it every get cold where you are?

      I didn’t grow up with cold winters. I’m from somewhere warm and humid. I’ve learnt, however, to love the winters here, where life slows down and nature hibernates. After a proper winter, the spring feels like re-birth, filled with so much energy and promise.

      • I live in southern US. And it gets cold but rarely snows. When it does snow, we all run out and act silly. Grab cameras before it melts. I must remember to take that trunk of winter coats and boots and mittens brought south 40 years ago to somewhere and get rid of them.

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