Fires and friendship

by | Apr 16, 2012 | Uncategorized | 6 comments

 I took a friend out to the bach for the weekend. We enjoyed our first fires, with pine cones burning brightly.

 Weeding the garden together, and harvesting my one pumpkin.

 Walking to the beach, enjoying the freedom of open space, and the sweep of the lagoon and stream against the black sand.

 Ripples of wind on the water,

 frothing of surf

and plenty of kelp washed up on the shore. This family was taking it back to get their garden ready for the planting of garlic at winter solstice. They told us about the importance of watering the garden through the spring months of September and October, then letting it dry and shrink back a little in readiness for harvest in December. I thought of all the hanks of kelp that I’ve gathered over the years for the bach garden, but for today I let my arms swing free,

and enjoyed another warm fire in the evening, with pine cones gathered last week. We ate feijoas straight from my friend’s tree, golden delicious apples and dark red plums during the day, and in the evening a hearty dinner, sharing rich conversation about lives well lived, with many interconnections. Autumn is such a satisfying season.


  1. Hotly Spiced

    I love the image of the pine cone in the fireplace. Don’t pine cones burn well! The images of the beach are lovely and relaxing and holidaying looking. It must be wonderful to have a bach to escape to on weekends xx

  2. juliet

    Hi Charlie, thanks. I am so lucky to have the bach, and the pine cones burn so easily.

  3. lifeonthecutoff

    It sounds so relaxing and peaceful, Juliet. Glad you enjoyed it so with your friend – and shared it with us.

  4. juliet

    Penny, it is always very peaceful out there, like another world. Thank you.

  5. Lynley

    We need those super heated pine cones here today Juliet as the damp, cold surrounds us.

    Thanks for sharing the tips on garlic growing. I am thinking about preparing the bed for the garlic planting in June. Seaweed is great.

    What space was open to you on that wonderful beach.

  6. juliet

    Lynley, they said the minerals in the seaweed were good garlic food. Yes, the space on the beach is fabulous. Wishing you warmth as the weather cools.


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