Autumn was hot and long, very dry, we only got water running late in the month after a huge storm severely affected the vallee des gaves. Good to have it running again…..dug up the last of the potatoes/carrots, cut some cabbage …..the parsnips are germinating very late, so maybe i will have some by May ! I picked my last courgette in late october, i’m surprised this high, 1000m etres, that the frost didn’t come sooner. planted in some new fruit trees, i hope they do ok with the snow arriving in early december. I mulched them with the hay that was left over from the little wild meadow…..hopefully keep the very low temps away from their roots. some of the new trees include an apple, gala and a pear, pyrus communis. I must make a design of the garden and take note what i have planted, labels get lost, as do names in the brain !!
september came in as august went out, hot sunny and very dry. The water hasn’t been running now for a couple of weeks and the garden is beginning to look dry. The potatoes have stopped growing almost, but what a crop I got from them, the biggest ones I have ever grown ! enough to see me going for quite awhile……next year more will be planted. they took very little work and except for the horse manure i gathered from the ‘horse’ invasion in May they have managed with just the dug out soil from the ruin…….like all the veg i grew this year……..carrots were long thick veg …..I only had a dozen or so, germination was eractic, i must get them germinated when the water is still running next spring……still, like the potatoes have more to come out. the rhubarb was brillant, so much of it and it was just a seddling i transplanted from last year…..I must put another one in ! Cabbage was sweet as so were the onions, growing at this height on a mountain gives a depth of flavour which is hard to decribe …….after all the snow we had last winter all did very well ……the clours are just beginning to change now and we are into the rutting season, last week i heard a couple of stags battle it out and will hopefully get up there another night to listen to them……wilderness where animals roam free…..
Climb the mountains and get their good tidings. Nature’s peace will flow into you as sunshine flows into trees. The winds will blow their own freshness into you and the storms their energy, while cares will drop off like autumn leaves.