First Hard Frost at Wishetwurra Farm, Fall 2015

The first hard frost of this growing season arrived last Tuesday night. Tuesday night was the night for a Special Town Meeting, and it was cool and chilly as I walked from the car into our elementary school auditorium. There was a quorum, and we finished the night’s business in fifty eight minutes.  As I started home shortly after eight, the thermometer on the dashboard of the car went from 32° to 31° to 30° to 29° to 28°, in the mile and a half, five minute trip home. At home, out of the car, I looked up through the oak branches. The hard black sky was jeweled with untold thousands of stars. I went inside, started a fire in the woodstove, and not too long afterwards, went to bed. At dawn, it was still hard cold. The house thermometer registered 29°. Out at the airport, where the ground is lower, to where cold air sinks and flows to, their thermometer read 19°. I put shoes and a jacket on, and went to see what the cold had brought. A wire Buddha sculpture made by my youngest daughter is where the greenhouse themometer hangs.

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The oats and radish cover crop were almost as white as if they’d been snowed on.

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Why hadn’t I picked that last bouquet of nasturtiums?????

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Parsley leaf edges were perfectly limned with a frosty fringe.

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Was there any conversation between cousins parsley and celeriac?

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I heard nothing.

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