Bringing in the Wood

This is how one dresses for wood collecting…

Remember these huge squash shaped vegetables hanging on the nets in our veggie garden? Well, we finally found out what they are, I sent a photo of them to Sean over at Livingseeds and he identified them as Zimbabwean Manhaga Pumpkins! We still have plenty ripening on the vines and I can’t wait to see how they taste.

The days are definitely becoming shorter here and the sun is rising later in the mornings, much to Richard’s dismay, this means less bike riding time for him before work. I love Autumn, the coolness of the weather, the falling leaves, how the garden slowly ‘goes to sleep’ for a few months although our garden is still green and bursting with life. I know that this will soon change…

We have been bringing in the wood from the wood pile, preparing for winter, Caiden moved quite a large amount of wood next to the fire places and Kye was there helping him by giving instructions about how he felt the wood should be packed.

I think I am going to be dyeing the wool for my Tea Leaves Cardi today, wish me luck!

Hope you have had a lovely start to your week.

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13 Responses to Bringing in the Wood

  1. The Handmaden April 3, 2012 at 11:33 am #

    It is a beautiful time of year, though I find the shorter days takes a bit of getting used to. I’m really enjoying knitting now that the days and nights are cooler.

  2. Tracey April 3, 2012 at 11:36 am #

    I love fall too and am not looking forward to what is already shaping up to be a very hot summer [and it’s still spring]!
    Good luck with the wool dying, it sounds like so much fun and one day I really must try it.
    Oh, and thank you for the squash information, I have never heard of them before. Let us know how they taste.

  3. The Knitty Gritty Homestead April 3, 2012 at 12:42 pm #

    It’s so funny to think of you preparing for winter while we breathe a brief sigh of relief that the wood we brought in lasted the whole season, and prepare to get NEXT winter’s wood delivered (while starting our summer gardens)! The world is a wide and wonderful place!

  4. Kim Corrigan-Oliver April 3, 2012 at 1:29 pm #

    Lovely pics!!! Can’t imagine getting ready for fall yet, we are just into spring here, and much looking forward to summer. I have to admit though I do love the fall season – enjoy it!

  5. Denise April 3, 2012 at 2:56 pm #

    Wow, those pumpkins are awesome. Here in Canada we’re just gearing up for Spring and LONGER days…finally.

  6. Sue April 3, 2012 at 3:11 pm #

    we had a fire last night, first for a couple of weeks as we thought Spring was well on the way!! Always amazes me as one side of the world welcomes the warmer weather the other is getting colder. Keep warm, although lovely log fires to sit and knit in front of

  7. Rachel April 3, 2012 at 3:24 pm #

    I was looking out the window yesterday morning as I lay in bed realizing that it is getting lighter out earlier now….. our cherry tree in the last few days has started to flower, the grass is turning green, bulbs are up and flowering. SPRING!!!

    • Het Wolbeest April 3, 2012 at 4:50 pm #

      I love autumn too! The variety of colours is so inspiring! Best regards, Alexandra.

  8. Natalie April 3, 2012 at 4:49 pm #

    Even though I KNOW we have opposite seasons, it gives me a little shock every time I see you getting ready for winter (or eating garden goodies during our winter). I am curious…do you have a harvest festival?

  9. Lori ann April 3, 2012 at 5:38 pm #

    i bet it’s really lovely there, that squash is amazing, and your little helpers are adorable! we chose this time of year to come to your part of the world, well, namibia, since it will be cooled down (hopefully) when we are there next month. 🙂

  10. Baa-Me Kniits April 4, 2012 at 2:32 pm #

    Love the wood collecting outfit 🙂 We call those fruit Spagetti Squash, I wonder if they are the same thing? The Tea Leaves Cardi is gorgeous, cant wait to see what colour you are dying, are you using natural dyes? I noticed that your little Ellie is is the Ravelry top 20 today….Congratulations! I’m still driving family here there and everywhere and trying to make some fast beanies for the Alice Springs Beanie Festival, but no blogging. Never mind that will come back 🙂

  11. Brittany Stone April 5, 2012 at 9:46 pm #

    Thank you for the link to LivingSeeds. I live in New Mexico (USA) and I was super excited to see so many wonderful heirloom seeds that we don’t have here! Sean was so helpful and I am now excitedly awaiting my order from your wonderful part of the world! Thanks again for sharing!

  12. K April 6, 2012 at 2:52 am #

    I always feel that giving instructions to people who are doing things is my calling. This is when I feel the very most useful and significant. And if I can wear a striped sweater when I’m doing it, or move through crisp autumn air, feeling that I’m accomplishing something – then that, I will admit, is heaven. How exotic to have pumpkins from Zimbabwe. Although I suspect this is no more exotic for you than pumpkins from California or Montana would be for me. Except that there are no zebra or lions between me and those places.

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