Monday, September 21, 2009

Fall has fallen

The image above is is of Persephone, by Dante Gabriel Rossetti, a Pre-Raphaelite painter.
In Greek mythology, the start of autumn coincides with the time the goddess Persephone returns to the underworld to live with her husband Hades. Persephone was abducted by Hades who fell in love with her and took her to the underworld. Persephone's mother, Demeter, goddess of grain and the harvest was so distressed by the loss of her daughter that in her grief, she withdrew her nurturing presence from the earth. Flowers wilted, and crops on earth died and became dormant. The earth became cold and barren.

It was eventually agreed that Persephone could return to her mother for two thirds of the year but would spend the remaining months with Hades. While Persephone is with her husband in the underworld, seeds lie hidden in the barren ground and when she returns to her mother, Demeter celebrates by resuming her divine duties and restoring fertility to the earth. Seeds burst forth in crops and fruits and life reborn.
We're still madly harvesting and putting up food for winter here at Seven Trees, but things are starting to wind down. Check out Newt, taking a break in a wheelbarrow of hay.

What are these two looking at? They were watching the mini-rodeo as we wrestled with Buddy.Buddy in the stanchion, getting his halter adjusted. Not long before Buddy & Doug will do their part in the cycle of farm life and feed us for a good long time. For now, we're giving them lots of treats and all the hay they can eat.


Kristen said...

Hey, you two... are you doing pigs this year? I hear they eat black walnuts, and I have a ton here I could bring over bit by bit if you'd use them. The hulls are so hard that I end up not using them.

Thanks again for the grapes... my friend made a good bit of jelly and juice... and her ducks liked the leftovers. :)

Seven Trees said...

No pig this year...we just couldn't squeeze it in with all the projects to finish up. We're still debating next year, since it's kind of nice to contemplate having a livestock break. Except for pony & chickens anyway.

Thanks for the offer though!

We ended up with jelly & juice too, and the cows had fun gobbling down the remainder.