September has finally left town and alas has taken with it the last of our tomatoes. But who can complain? 2010 was a banner crop, at least nel Giardino Pezzelli. Maybe it was all the warm weather, but I don't think we've ever had such big, beautiful, delicious tomatoes, and in such abundance! We couldn't eat them fast enough. Same for the zucchini and summer squash.
Nature is amazing. A few hours of work putting plants in the ground in the spring, a few minutes of daily watering, and maybe some occasional weeding after that, and you get repaid a thousand fold. Come the end of July when everything started to ripen, all we had to do was walk out every afternoon and pick a few tomatoes off the vine. Take a bite of one and it was like eating sunshine. Later Corinne would cut them up, pour some olive oil over them, throw in some basil and garlic and a little salt and pepper, and we were set. Grab a nice loaf of bread and what else do you need for dinner on a hot summer's night?
But you know, nice a month as it was, and as much as I'll miss my tomatoes, I'm not sad to see September go. October is really my favorite month of the year. I love the Fall when the weather starts to get that little chill in it, and the air is crisp and dry and comfortable, when it feels so good to be outside during the day and when you can finally get a restful sleep at night. And of course I love it here in New England when the leaves start to turn and the trees come ablaze like camp fires. You feel so alive! It's just one of the reasons that I've always felt blessed to live in this part of the world.
I love the transistions from one season to another. There's something exciting about their coming, and at the same time comforting and reassuring about their regularity, that I can't quite describe. I sometimes think God set the world on its axis the way he did just to make it all happen so that we'd know that, no matter what, there's always something new and different for us to look forward to. Who knows?
Anyway, I'm glad autumn's here. Get out and enjoy it!