Sweetness and light
Tuesday September 15th 2020, 10:43 pm
Filed under: Garden,Knit

So many things to catch up on that I’ve been trying to figure out where to start.

And then I discover it’s not letting me add pictures now.

The next fish just needs that little bit of yellow wool that I never got around to buying, because I don’t, but I will.

Last Wednesday you couldn’t tell where the sun even was, and we’re far better off now, but still, the figs have been refusing to really sweeten in the heavily filtered sunlight; they ripen and split open and I pick them early in the morning but they’re not what they would normally be nor are they going to be.

A squirrel got to one–I opened the bathroom window and scared him into dropping it and running so he was totally busted–and then the half a fig lay there on the ground, untouched, for two days. Finally something sampled the edge. Nope. Left it there.

The day after that it finally disappeared so I guess something got hungry enough but in the meantime no other fig was touched because man, if they all tasted like that one why let those clamshells snap against one’s prying paws.

It amused me.

This morning I picked two that were split badly, curling in pieces from the bottoms up; I figured this was as sweet as they were ever going to be.

Not much. All the color and fully formed, though, so they were, y’know, healthy.¬†After I washed the ashes that had gotten into those clamshells away.

The air quality index is 40 points better now than this morning, meaning it was unhealthy rather than dangerous to water my squash plants this evening.

I’m going to wait till we have brighter sunshine for a few days before I harvest that first one, and then, if need be, I’m going to sweeten the heck out of it and enjoy it because we’ve been waiting for it for so many months. Honey, brown sugar, or maple–it’s all good.


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It was much better tonight. We even opened the house up for a few minutes!

HEPA filters running non-stop the past few days.

One thing I will say about our Martian day – people stayed inside … social distancing at its finest.

Comment by Anne 09.16.20 @ 12:27 am

so glad you are back.

Comment by Sharon Stanger 09.16.20 @ 9:47 am

It is too bad about the figs; hopefully next year will be a great one for them!

Comment by ccr in MA 09.16.20 @ 12:17 pm

The smoke has been bad here – days on end with the air quality sensors pegged at 500. Today we celebrated that “Very Unhealthy” rating. But we’re fine, because we have a house to which we can retreat. That all could be so fortunate.

Comment by twinsetellen 09.16.20 @ 7:05 pm



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