Wine is bubbling, Perry is ready to be bottled, Pasta sauce is canned and mutton and lamb (from Emancipation Acres) are at the abattoir, wood is stacked and projects are lined up in wait for winter.
The wine from our grapes is fermenting and about ready to be racked and I received a wonderful 10 lbs of windfall pears from a friend that I made into perry (think hard cider but with pears instead of apples).
I finished spinning the Shetland samples from my Sheep & Wool class and made a hat using a Shetland lace pattern. It turned out great, the pictures don’t really show the color gradations very well.
Now I am back to my monster Kiwi fleece but have a goal of finishing it this winter to start a cardi.
I also picked up some unskirted Shetland fleeces from Emancipation Acres and hope to at least have these skirted, washed and carded by the end of the winter…oh wait I work full time again don’t I?
My tomatoes did much better this year but still not enough. I canned 7 quarts of roasted tomatoes and only got 18 pints of sauce. Had onions, peppers and garlic enough for much much more but that was all the tomatoes. We have a years worth of garlic and a few months of onions. My potato tower got us a whole 8 potatoes! They were amazing, but that definitely needs work next year. The raspberries, rhubarb and currants all look great for heading into winter. I am not as sure about the gooseberries, we will see.
The two older girls just finished their molt and the two youngest are just starting so we are having to supplement with eggs from the Co-op. I was making brownies and cracked two store bought and one homegrown into a bowl…