Saturday, October 1, 2011
Soulful Singing & Apple Butter
Friday night was our first soulful singing circle welcoming fall and winter. Wendy's theme was "Turning", many of the songs we shared were connected to the idea of turning.... turning into a new season, or way of looking at ourselves and life in general. Wendy Luella Perkins is a real treasure, her song "What Am I Rushing To" on her newest CD "This Very Moment" is one of my favourites.
Among the many songs we sang was an old Shaker song by Joseph Brackett,
'Tis the gift to be simple, 'tis the gift to be free,
'Tis the gift to come down where we ought to be,
And when we find ourselves in the place just right,
'Twill be in the valley of love and delight.
When true simplicity is gain'd,
To bow and to bend we shan't be asham'd,
To turn, turn will be our delight
'Till by turning, turning we come round right.
It was a great transition into song after discussing the fall harvest and adventures into preserving the bounty for winter. Being part of such a wonderful circle of womyn is inspiring and nurturing, something I've neglected for far too long.
I spent the afternoon preparing apples for apple butter, hoping to have them done before I set out to sing, no such luck! I returned home around 11pm and spent a few hours canning before heading off to bed, I did manage to get 16/250ml jars of apple butter finished and ready to stash away.
Tonight, Chi and I hunkered down after dinner, along with a few helpers and managed to put up almost 8 litres of salsa. I've gone through two bushels of Roma tomatoes, I could easily have made use of another two. I do have 12 litres of tomatoes sauce done and will be able to do about 6 litres of canned tomatoes with whats left over. Next year I'll make sure my tomatoes are in better shape and supply so I can make more sauce and have more canned tomatoes on hand.
It's late, I'm off to bed
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