Harvest Moon

8 Sep

Tonight will be the harvest moon–full moon closest to the fall equinox.  And a supermoon.  Closer to earth than usual.  I’m feeling its pull.  Awake since 2:30.  Not good.  Not bad.   But clearly EARLY.  So this, this early morning, a little cloth–the beginning of  Harvest Moon ’14. Moon will be appliqued. Probably some kantha stitching. What else? Maybe nothing.

sort of colored corrected but still a bit dark:

And it’s been raining. Hard. Constant. Straight-down rain that means the basement is getting damp because the lay of the land changed when the neighbors behind me cut down their forest. The run-off has changed. And where the next-door neighbor’s retaining wall fell over in May, now this:DSC01523


It’s hard to get the sense of the drop-off but it’s quite steep, and the dozer man is building up a dam of sorts to keep the water on my side of the hill. It’s a fine solution even though I’m losing some yard space, and all I have to pay for is the dozer man hauling the chain link fence to the land fill. Oh–and the new fence. Overall, it’s about a 50′ span that will be re-erected.


As soon as it’s daylight, I’m going out to see what’s left of it all. Last night a red river was running down neighbor’s driveway, down the driveway, down the street, heading down to Canie Creek.

9 Responses to “Harvest Moon”

  1. user107055 September 8, 2014 at 9:36 am #

    oh my heart and smiles..possible full of chagrin..but still smiles go ou to you and your rive of red..last winter the retaining wall crumbled..causing great angst and anxiety …while there is a meadow..currently full of two cows and milkweed and monarchs..at least a few of them…a meadow whig i didn’t le anyone hay this year for that very reason..the monarchs not the cows…between the meadow and the house there is a very slippery slope and i have been wildly planting and replanting it the past few weeks..with one eye on plants i want, love and a general eye on compassion..but really both eyes on maintaining the integrity of the slope, building up the soil and spending as little money as possible..the majority of all funds this summer went into this retaining wall..and so i trudge..happily but definitely carefully …with wheel barrels of field stone we have dug up and huge bunches of wild day lilies, sweet annie,,joe pye weed..what ever i find that i am happy with taking from the hill in front of the house ..to the slippery slope in back..

    i even have welcomed the frequent ..truly pounding rain storms…they have let me see where the bank is solid and where i need to work..it is slow..and sometimes i just stop..giving in to the questionable? joy of planting bulbs zillions of them on the slope hoping that next spring will be full of surprise and daffodils…

    and i am simply moving from the farm to school summer program with the kids to after school..and some where between science fridays and harvesting we are making pickles and studying the world that grows around us..it is amazing..and busy and beautiful..but oh in the meantime i am as always in awe of the work you share here..and in such harmony with your thought..the strong and vibrant ones..and the moments in the middle of the night..i find myself there frequently..and it is a comfort knowing somehow there are other minds wandering..gentle day to you..cynthia



    • Patricia September 9, 2014 at 5:39 am #

      i’m seeing this landscape by way of your description here–the cows, the milkweed/monarchs…the wheelbarrow and rocks and bulbs, and yes, imagining the slope in the spring–daffodil covered. what a joy that will be. thank you this lovely visual painting.


  2. Mo Crow September 8, 2014 at 3:12 pm #

    oh the colours of your Harvest Moon!


    • Patricia September 9, 2014 at 5:40 am #

      the colors ARE intense. i’ll try to get a better pic when it’s further along. and it was too raining last night to see supermoon. hope you basked in its light.


  3. grace September 8, 2014 at 8:58 pm #

    am thinking.

    may you bask in moonglow…and maybe go OUT and look at this in the light of this Moon


  4. grace September 8, 2014 at 10:02 pm #

    it’s almost bed time and i find self here again, looking.
    Looking at how things can be changed, having Nothing At All to do with our own
    moments. How they can be pulled from under our feet.


    • Patricia September 9, 2014 at 5:41 am #

      did you see it? here–too much cloud cover. still more rain. mud and red river. but it’s good to know moon is out there. now if it would just let me sleep.


  5. grace September 9, 2014 at 9:23 am #

    i have looked and looked at these pics….and there’s no reprieve from the extreme.
    something to think about when you look at places to move to….neighbors. But then,
    that can change too. maybe a good plus on the side of rural….more buffer


    • Patricia September 9, 2014 at 9:21 pm #

      i think for now, at this time in my life, the commitment i made to be here was the right thing. and although the urban/rural pros and cons thing look pretty lopsided, i’m here because of family…right now that seems to be trumping everything else. i buy my garden supplements at LOTUS–living organically through urban sustainability–d on’t you love that. it can be done, i think, just looks a lot different. and the neighbor thing–well we lived out in the middle of nowhere in WV and had the neighbor from hell and even though she was . 3 mile away, it was amazing the stuff she .could up. thinking about that, i’ll take this mud slide any day! love you


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