Today on the farm

Musings on a fall day

This morning it was nice to walk outside, even though it was cold. The sun was trying to break through, there was no wind and it wasn’t raining. The first thing I saw was the goats trying to get on the roof of what used to be a nice little house for geese, then goats. At first I couldn’t figure out why. Then I noticed the leaves on the roof. The goats have been munching on the leaves that have fallen into their pen all this week, but last night there was a heavy frost and the mulberry trees which were still half full of leaves, are suddenly bare.

At 8 am they were still falling, but by 10 there were just a few left. It was quite pretty. The front yard is now brown and dead. The leaves there fell last week and the week before and have turned from yellow to brown. The little dwarf burning bush has just a little red tuft left, and the forsythias that turn a beautiful plum color aren’t looking as nice as normal. But the carpet of green leaves on the driveway and amongst the raspberry canes was nice to see after the past few days of grey and brown.

Bethany took my camera and took some pictures of the piglets and cats.

I’m thankful that the ground was drying up somewhat after all the rain the other day, as the chickens needed their hanging feeder AND water bowls refilled. Apparently they were hungry and thirsty, as this hen flew up on my back as if to say, “Get a move on – we’re hungry!” This is the second time in two weeks this has happened, and this time Bethany was there with the camera to capture the moment. I don’t know if it’s been the same hen both times. I’ll have to pay more attention if it happens again.

On Wednesday I knew we were going to have some frost overnight, so I went through what was left of my garden and was happy to find 3 acorn squash and 2 butternut squash -the only 2 that grew this year! I also picked a bunch of green tomatoes and hope some of them will ripen. Despite planting more tomatoes than ever before, our harvest of them has been almost nothing. Most rotted on the vine because of the erratic water supply, or the chickens and bugs destroyed them. So if we get a few, that will be nice. Otherwise – they’ll be chicken food.

So now it’s time for lunch break to end and I get to read aloud to the kids. We’re getting close to the end of The Witch of Blackbird Pond. Maybe we’ll finish it today. It looks like the weather will be nice this weekend. Enjoy!