I actually did a double-take as I drove into the service station and saw that the "E10" fuel (10% ethanol-blend, normally 3c per litre cheaper than regular unleaded) was $150.4 per litre. At the bottom of the cycle.
It cost me $99 to fill up. Ouch.
I must have still looked a bit pale and shocked as I walked in to pay, as the lady at the register looked at me sympathetically and said "Did you ever imagine 5 years ago that you'd be now paying $99 to fill up your car? My car is diesel, so it's even worse!". I mentally added - "Yep! And it's not going to get any better!!". Good Lord, what will it be by Christmas?
I had to make myself a cup of my favourite chai tea when I got home (I wonder how long it will be before I can't afford to add imported cinnamon quills to my grocery list?), and take it outside to contemplate quietly for a while. Mostly, I don't feel I am doing enough, fast enough, but frankly, I don't have the energy to do any more than I am. Hopefully that will change once I have treatment for my Graves' Disease in July. Until then, a bit of a wander around my garden, taking note of the autumn sights, helped improve my mood.
The last of the "Lazy Housewife" bean pods, fat and heavy with seeds, are browning on the vines, and will soon be ready for harvesting for their seeds. This is my first attempt at deliberate seed saving, as opposed to just letting plants to go to seed and hoping they come up as volunteers.
The yacon (Peruvian Ground Apple) is starting to droop and brown off, and the large tubers are starting to push out of the ground. Am very much looking forward to our first taste, they are supposed to taste like a cross between an apple and a potato:
My "Misty" blueberry bushes have begun flowering, with berries starting to form on one branch of one bush already. The "Sharpblue" blueberries won't be too far behind I suspect, as their branches are covered in swelling buds.
Despite losing it's leaves for winter, the dwarf mulberry is throwing out some last sweet berries:
The English spinach seedlings are coming along nicely. It won't be long before baby spinach leaves are on the menu again:
The carambolas are getting fat on the trees; they should start to yellow and ripen soon.
Despite low overnight temperatures (including getting down to 2'C/ 35'F one night this week), this cherry tomato seedling is flowering and developing lovely trusses. Although small, the tomatoes are actually ripening :-) The plant is growing in front of our rock retaining wall, so I suspect that enough warmth is radiating back from the wall during the night to allow flowering and fruiting.
With some help from low-toxic snail bait, my pea seeds are all shooting this year, unlike last year when they were all nibbled off as soon as they popped out of the ground:
It might not be "enough", but it's progress :-)