It's happened. The first frost. A light frost, but it was a frost. So beautiful, outlining each and every leaf edge. The garden is largely cleaned up and put to bed for the coming winter, but the first frost is still an "occasion" to remind us that we are really nearing the end for this season. A few peppers and tomatoes were sheltered and are still available for harvest, and the kale, mustard greens and New Zealand spinach are hardy enough to survive this first frost, but we know that we are entering the time of slowing rhythms, hunkering down, and going inward (literally and figuratively) as we move into winter. And we feel ready.