For several weeks I’ve found it impossible to get a post written, and difficult to even to download my camera. The reason? I’ve been enslaved by TOTH.
Perhaps you’re familiar with this mighty force, which strikes in late summer and fall. It’s full name is “Tyranny of The Harvest”, and when it takes hold, It keeps me trapped in the kitchen for long hours and days at a stretch. By late afternoon, I have barely enough energy to cook a simple (and I do mean simple!) dinner, let alone get creative on the computer.
I know what you’ll likely say: it’s a good problem to have. I agree. So I’m not exactly complaining…just explaining.
Our garden has outdone itself, and the “waste not, want not” attitude that was drilled into my childhood psyche has been running in overdrive. Since mid-August my life has been non-stop food production: pickles, relishes, chutney, canned tomatoes, frozen tomatoes, plum butter, plum syrup, mulled plums, frozen soups and pesto of various types, more canned tomatoes…more plum concoctions… I’m putting so much food away that I’m beginning to feel like a giant squirrel.
And now our harvest of hardy kiwis has begun. Yikes!
To be honest, though, answering the call of TOTH isn’t the only thing that’s kept me busy this summer. I’ve been preparing the prints for my solo photography show, which opens October 15 and runs to November 30. I’ll be showing lots of new images as well as some of my old favorites. If you live on Gabriola, or if you have the chance to visit our island this fall, I hope you’ll check it out. Here are the details.