A Novemberish day

by Oak Hill Studio

A few leaves are still hanging on, even after windy Sandy blew through earlier this week!  Some chilly air and gray clouds have moved in making it feel quite Novemberish today.  Even so, it was a good day to get some yard work done.  The garden now has a blanket of leaves covering it, just waiting for God and nature to break them down and enrich the soil for next year’s crop.

The pleasure of eating should be an extensive pleasure, not that of the mere gourmet.  People who know the garden in which their vegetables have grown and know that the garden is healthy will remember the beauty of the growing plants, perhaps in the dewy first light of morning when the gardens are at their best.  Such a memory involves itself with the food and is one of the pleasures of eating.  The knowledge of the good health of the garden relieves and frees and comforts the eater.  (The Pleasures of Eating, an essay in Wendell Berry’s What Are People For?)