October 2017

autumn-country-living

I know I keep saying this, but if I thought September came and went in the blink of an eye, it feels like I didn't even have time to blink before October was over.

We started the month off with 4 days on the beautiful windy Danish West coast. On our first morning back home, the sun rose and revealed itself as a beautiful perfectly round ball of peach and pink. I have never seen anything like it (if you are super passionate about weather phenomenons and know why it looked like that, please leave a comment below, I would love to know!)

october-sun

I love travelling and getting refreshed, but I also always love coming home, and at this stage in my life I feel that there is SO much to do here on the farm, tasks I love performing, a daily life I love to be a part of, and projects I long to get started on and see come to life.

I still have days, or sometimes even weeks where I feel overwhelmed, where stress or my depression seems to be lurking right around the corner. So many days where I just need peace and quiet, literally, and I wish I could put some earplugs in and not have to listen to the kids complain or fight, or not have to answer my husband's thousand daily questions. But overall I would say that I am very happy with where I am right now, and every time I feel out of balance or exhausted, I can always (after a few days) trace it back to at least one of three factors: 1. too much sugar/crap food in my diet, 2. not enough sleep, 3. completely forgotten to do my morning and bedtime meditation sessions. And then I wheel it back in and get my routines back on track and after a few days I start to feel lighter and more tolerant again.

This time of year also helps alot because now that wedding season is over and computerwork/editing is limited most of my work takes place outside, and with my hands deeply burried in the black soil. I naturally get a 6 hour daily dose of fresh air and exercise, utilising every minute of daylight.

There was still lots of colour in the garden in October...

October also marked the end of the wedding season here at Sigridsminde. Brooke and Jason ignored the rain and mud and chose to get married in the garden, and Holly and James' elopement gave me the opportunity to finally create the indoor ceremony setup that I have always envisioned in our little side cottage: a rustic wall, lots of candles and simple greenery:

 rustic wedding ceremony decor with green foliage and lots of candles

The main project in October was getting the new cutflower and vegetable garden under control, putting up a chesnut fence to keep the chickens out, and creating raised beds with Robinia wood planks and the central path lined with espaliered pear trees. It is and has been a long process and quite an investment, but I am so excited for the end result which will materialise next May.

The whole area right there is infested with dense mattes of  couch grass, so the only way forward was to cover the paths between the raised beds with thick black plastic and a layer of woodchips for a few years. Per the advice of the no-dig king, Charles Downding, I have covered the bottom of the raised beds with thick layers of brown cardboard and filled them with compost soil. Hopefully the lack of light will kill off the couch grass in those areas.

The chesnut fence covers a 10x25 metre area and in addition to our own vegatables, I will be growing lots of perennials, spring and summer bulbs, roses and herbs.