Mosaic season

I got the title from this quote by Stanley Horowitz: "Winter is an etching, spring a watercolor, summer an oil painting and autumn a mosaic of them all." As we wrap up autumn in a blanket of fallen coloured leaves, this post contains a photo essay of the things currently going on in our world.

First rains

The highlight of autumn for us has to be the first rain! After a very long and very dry summer, you can just hear the cracked earth and the dried out plants sighing a sigh of relief.


“Autumn is a second spring when every leaf is a flower” – Albert Camus

fall - sunset

Autumn sunset over fairy hill

Autumn growth

It may be bearing a bit late, but our young beautyberries are giving honour to their name:

Kale, beets and friends (with a long urban farmer’s shadow):

Fall - winter greens and friends

I just love the “green sheen” of our paths and seating areas growing:

fall - green sheen

In-between projects

Cleared this litle kikuyu and weed jungle to make way for an entrance path… But now, do we plant fescue and clover, knowing the kikuyu roots are going to grow out again?

Nets and covers

We’re lifting all the bird nets to let the autumn colours shine through – and to allow the birds and other critters back among the vines and fruit trees to do their natural thing.

Crucial work now is to put frost protection in place. I’m now putting shade net on the morning sun side of the avocados in order to reduce their “defrost speed” as the morning sun hits them after a heavy frost. Let’s hope it works!

Last quote

The last faded autumn leaflet hangs from a frozen branch, just a short fall from the tree to winter. – Terri Guillemets

I can’t believe it’s the shortest day of the year in just 3 weeks’ time! But we still have a long cold and hopefully wet winter ahead, so we’re enjoying these beautiful autumn days while it’s lasting. Next weekend, next rain…


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My name is Martin Rennhackkamp, I now live happily in Lara, Victoria, Australia with my wife, two children and two dogs. My interests, apart from the obvious Organic, Biodynamic and Permaculture Gardening and Farming, include sustainable living, surfing, horse-riding, a wide variety of music, dancing, nature, birds, reading, Christianity and a few other things which I never get to...

5 Comments on Mosaic season

  1. I just can not figure out what the allure of your half of the Planet is. Perhaps it is the contrast of what is happening here. Perhaps it is the similarities of such a different and foreign culture. I just can not figure it out. You will be getting your shortest day of the year at the exact same time that we will be getting our longest day of the year. While you are concerned about frost, we are trying to stay cool. It is fascinating.

  2. Jannes Fourie // June 6, 2018 at 2:20 am // Reply

    Inspired Martin… love this photo essay of yours. I wish our autumn was as nice. Yes we get pretty colours but the weather is downright aweful here in the Lage Landen

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