As the temperature and the leaves both drop, the forest that seemed so close in the summer opens up so that you can see the village across the river and the far mountains.
Now it is berries that add dashes of colour to the greens and browns of the forest.
The little Japanese garden outside my bedroom window also takes on Autumn colours.
red Azalea leaves
Another Japanese maple in the front yard
Whenever I clear some brambles and saplings to extend the garden, there is more burning to do.
Putting up a good supply of firewood for the winter becomes a priority, although it is work that continues all year round. I try to bring in as much firewood as possible. There are always fallen trees in the forest to be carried up to the chalet, cut up and stored under the eaves or in the woodsheds.
Bringing up a fallen tree from the forest
Piling firewood under the eaves
The trees take on autumn colours and lose their leaves, one species after another. It is so quiet that you can hear the leaves falling in the forest. If there is a gust of wind, the air fills with leaves like confetti.
Colourful carpet of fallen leaves
Watering a new Rhododendron
Planting another plum tree
It is also harvest time for my potatoes and jerusalem artichokes, my main food cropsDigging potatoes
The early fall is often dry, so it is a good time to do outside maintenance. I finished plastering and painting the outside of the chalet in 2005 after adding a layer of insulation in 2004. In 2015 I repaired the balcony.
Finishing the last layer of cement
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