Autumn, Thanksgiving, Frost…

Yesterday was Canadian Thanksgiving, and it was a quiet one here at Mist Cottage. We didn’t buy a turkey this year, as they were only selling them at a single price point for a weight range, and that price point was $49, ouch. So we found an 8 ounce piece of pork in the freezer, roasted it to perfection, and enjoyed it with garden Green Beans, Carrots, Onions, and garden Peas. It was lovely. Our dessert was non-traditional as well, Ground Cherry Oatmeal Squares, made with our very own Ground Cherries.

Autumn brings some nights of frost. Attila has been working hard at covering the garden with sheets of plastic, every time a frost is predicted. We are still enjoying a few things out of the garden, Cabbage, Edible Pod Peas, Tomatillos, Ground Cherries, Squash, even Jalapeno and Serrano Peppers. Attila has brought in the last of the green Tomatoes, 30 pounds. They will be processed a wee bit at a time, as they ripen.

Our garden harvest this year has been outstanding, providing us with fresh produce since late June, and much to preserve as well. Attila and I work hard for our food!

it is such a beautiful time of year!

Last Autumn we managed to avoid turning on our heating system until October 18th. So far this autumn house is warm as toast without having turned on the heating system. We are hoping to make it further into the autumn without having to resort to using the heating system, time will tell. There is a real difference in the basement temperature this autumn. Usually by this time of year it is around 14/15C down there. With the new insulation in the basement, it is still 18C. I guess we won’t be using the basement as an ad hoc refrigerator this winter! The floors on the main floor should be, in theory, much warmer during the colder months.

In Ontario, Canada, where I live, Covid-19 is spreading. Infection is on the increase, 9% of our publicly funded schools have seen at least one case of the virus, one of them just blocks from our home, a child. When Attila picked up our latest small grocery order, he said everyone he saw outdoors was wearing a mask, which is a big change from a month ago.

Attila’s health has improved immensely, his “colour” has returned to normal, he can breath easily again. He has another assessment this week, we are optimistic!

Stay safe dear friends!

The final Tomato harvest. We have many varieites this year, Beefsteak, Health Kick, two types of Roma, and two types of Cherry Tomatoes.



Date: 5:00 PM EDT Tuesday 13 October 2020
Condition: Partly Cloudy
Pressure: 101.3 kPa
Tendency: Rising
Temperature: 16.1°C
Dew point: 7.7°C
Humidity: 57%
Wind: W 17 km/h
Visibility: 24 km


“I have come to believe that the whole world is an enigma, a harmless enigma that is made terrible by our own mad attempt to interpret it as though it had an underlying truth.”
Umberto Eco
1932 – 2016

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Joan Lansberry

Beautiful tomatoes! I’m glad Attila is doing better!


I’m so glad Attila is feeling better! It’s amazing how much food you get from your garden! We’re praying for a mild winter in the Midwest.