This was one of those golden, beautiful weekends which need to be plucked from the vine and preserved.
If only one could go to the pantry on a gloomy February morning to retrieve a few hours of the balmy, vibrant bliss of a sunny September Saturday! The closest we are able come is to crack open a jar of sweet raspberry jam, made from the fruit harvested on such days.
My thoughts now are not so much with preserving (my poor garden this year was pitifully neglected), but on preparing for winter. The necessary fence repairs, replacement of water tanks and heaters, barn and corral cleaning and set-up, making doubly sure to have enough hay on hand. I've learned it makes for a far easier winter if those tasks are thoughtfully executed well in advance of freeze-up.
Let's hope October is kind to us as we batten down the hatches in anticipation of another Minnesota winter.