For the past 3 days, there’s been wet stuff falling from the sky! Yep, ’tis raining!  Quite a dramatic change in that it’s 40 degrees COOLER than it was just last week!

Today the rain’s coming down nice n’heavy at times.   The rain gauge reads at a little more than 3/4″ of an inch.  What a blessing the rain is for the garden and the salad greens.  I’m hoping the harlequin bugs drown in the deluge.

After months without any rain, the cats have already gone stir crazy and giving us humans that  “make it stop so we can go outside” look.  The goats and chickens who hate rain are hiding out; the ducks, on the other hand, are lovin’ the wet stuff.

Yeah rain!

Definitely more ideal weather for canning!  Still putting up some amazing homegrown goodies.  Made a bunch of pumpkin butter from our gorgeous heirloom pumpkins.   I kinda hated to cut the beauties up but it was time to put ’em up.  And, then, just when I thought I had the canning under control, Farmer Sergio brought us a truck full of pears and some tomatoes!

With those juicy tomatoes and this lovely basil (below) that’s growing in our garden, I am  going to be putting up some more tomato sauce for those long winter months.

Fall crop of basil

Mashing pumpkins



Is the rain over yet?


  1. Ms. Adventuress says:

    Adorable photos…enjoy the rain! (LOVE your site, what you do and I thank you so much for sharing it with us.)

    • Anais says:

      @Ms. Adventuress: Thank you for saying so!

  2. Fay (Ordinary Eco) says:

    Can we have some of your rain? We have had the driest winter here(Western Australia) for many years. Still loving my Little Homestead fixes.Enjoy the cooler whether it is bound to warm up again soon. BTW love the little kale poking it’s head out of all that Basil.

    • Anais says:

      @Fay (Ordinary Eco): Wish we could share. Do hope you get some rain soon. Yeah, you are so right but the weekend we’ll be back up to 90 degrees! Thanks for your positive comments, appreciate them a lot!

  3. Ginger says:

    We must have shared the same weather pattern. It rained so hard here, I thought we would float away. I’m jealous of your tomatoes and pears. Pumpkin butter is the best. I love to swirl a bit into my morning muesli. So how do you get people to drop off the good stuff. We get the occasional zucchini, but come on, Zucchini! Who doesn’t have zucchini? After awhile I use it for compost material. Rant over! Thanks for the lovely pictures that keep me wanting to move to CA. You are the best!

    • Anais says:

      @Ginger: The rain was a wonderful surprise! The garden looks as if it’s grown overnight. Nothing beats liquid sunshine however by the weekend temps will be back up in the 90’s. This seesaw weather pattern is crazy! I made a bunch of pumpkin butter with the pumpkins (forgot to mention that!) That’s easy, it pays to have a farmer as a friend who hates to see food wasted. Yeah, you are right, sure beats zukes! 😉

  4. Heather H :) :) :) says:

    The photos are great and I really loved the one of the ducks and the pumpkins especially well 🙂 🙂 When I lived in Germany, my friend showed me how to make a really nice p ureed pumpkin soup from REAL pumpkin 🙂 🙂 I also have a recipe in one of my cookbooks…It’s really nice and simple..and a touch of butter …yum!!!

    I’m glad you have some rain. I always lov e it when it rains because the colors seem to become more intense and beautiful 🙂 Have a great day 🙂 Love and hugs from Oregon, Heather 🙂

    • Anais says:

      @Heather H 🙂 🙂 :): thanks for the positive comments. OOOOh, pumpkins and butter! Rain’s finally over today, so hopefully “here comes the sun!” Have a wonderful weekend. Thanks for the love and hugs.

  5. christine says:

    Canning is never over when you think it’s over! The garden of friends always suprise you. Here in Wyoming we have pulled everything that was in a raised bed, but have stuff in the cold frames and the greenhouse is still giving up a few tomatoes every once in a while. The cole crops however are loving October!

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