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Bonfire Picnic

We had a little bonfire last night, made up of all the squash vines and old straw and tomato plants.  It was our way of closing up the bulk of the garden for the year, since we had our first frost on Monday.  There are still a few tomatoes around, but the shorter, cooler days mean they are ripening at a snail's pace.  Our meal was pesto pasta with cherry tomatoes, avocado, and monterey jack cubes.  Cranberries have appeared at the local grocery store, so I made some sauce for the freezer and we had some to eat.  I've canned cranberry sauce in the past, but I am done with the canner for awhile.  We eat a lot of cranberry sauce around here.  I laughed when I saw a Thanksgiving television special where they called it a condiment.

Armed with a pitchfork and a hose, we had our little fire.  It was more of a smolder, but the children were quite excited.  Willow danced through the smoke and Roan had a fine time as "Fire Chief."  Laurel found the last of the red raspberries.  This was all part of our Work Day, which is going quite well.  When I mentioned missing a work day recently, the children were very vocal about not missing it.  I have to say that really, really sticking with our weekly rhythm is a great motivator for them.  And it's fairly easy for me, since it means I just have to follow it to make it work.  Today is Baking Day and I know I'll have no complaints there.

A Blessed Wilderness

It was just like being in heaven, being in there. In those days there was no road. The park was all a blessed wilderness. I have often thought what a wonderful people we would have been if we had wanted to keep it that way.

~Adolph Murie, biologist, on Denali


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