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Category Archives: Fall

Pawpaw Season.


Over the past week, Catherine has made a pawpaw cream pie, pawpaw pancakes, and we’ve had pawpaw ice cream made locally. I’ve been pretty impressed at how useful pawpaws can be. And I’m amazed that this the largest native North American fruit has never made it into American cuisine until now, because it fits in […]



In the Mountains.


Alta petant aquilae.


A day off, and I couldn’t help myself – I just had to get into the high mountains.  Here’s where I spent much of my day, on this rock.  Almost ready to burst with the happiness of being immersed in the unearnedly beautiful.

Some Thoreau.


What a writer this guy is.  And so beautiful a soul.  On loneliness: But like those women of Malamocco and Pelestrina [towns on the Venetian lagoon], who when their husbands are fishing at sea, repair to the shore and sing their shrill songs at evening, till they hear the voices of their husbands in reply […]

Working the Garlic Festival.


For the past few days, I’ve been frenetically busy, but framed, as hard work often is, by quiet, melancholy moments – and in those moments I’ve heard this music. I worked the Hudson Valley Garlic Festival for Catskill Native Nursery this past weekend, and the carnival atmosphere and silly joy of these events is always […]

Cutting Wood.


The woodcutting has started in earnest, and it’s such pleasant work I have to stop my body from doing it so much I’ll get injured.  As sad as I am to say goodbye to summer, there’s just something about fall.  It’s beautiful.

Wildcat Woodstacking.


Down in the upper 30s at night.  Beautiful, early autumnal weather.  Time to stack up the wood for the winter.

The Face of Winter.


The leaves are gone from all the maples around here, and the ferns are all dying to the ground.  The forest is taking on its winter appearance, which will not alter much for the next six months.  The one exception is the beech trees, which are still going gold and brown.  But for vigorous fall […]

Hard Frost.


I stepped outside at 3 a.m. last night – I stayed up a bit to finish reading a book – and found it was 26 degrees outside.  Ice had started forming at 9 p.m.  When I got up in the morning, there was a half-inch of ice on water surfaces.  First frost of the season, […]