Saturday, October 17, 2009

A Picture perfect autumn day...........


The weather could not be more perfect for this time of year. Clear, brilliant blue sky. Beautiful yellows, golds, oranges and reds dot the tree line. The colors closer to the house are beginning to dull as the weather turns colder. Our wood stove has been burning much of the week and we had ice on the water buckets the last two mornings. The animals all seem grateful for their straw beds and they are not overly eager to get out of them :)
Acorns are falling from the oaks and they are plentiful. They sound like machine gun fire on my Mom's metal house roof. A brisk breeze ushering in the smells of fall. When the wind is just right you get a whiff of smoke from a neighbor's wood stove. I love the changing of the seasons. I think it's the anticipation of what's to come. I am a fan of winter. I enjoy the "blanketing" of the earth with snow; it quiets everything for a few months. It means hopefully I've gathered enough nuts to see us through until spring arrives and new life begins again. Gathering around the stove, enjoying my tea and a good book or good conversation with a friend. I don't necessarily enjoy moving mountains of snow when we get a nor'easter every other day, but you take what you get in the Northeast :)



My boys have been busy this week. Five cords of wood has been neatly stacked in the woodshed. Before days end they will have a pile that needed to be split in the shed as well. I wasn't much help to them this week. The migraine bug bit me hard on Tuesday and I was pretty useless other than morning and evening chores. Friday morning I was back among the living and feeling like myself again.

Today Mom and I finished shelling all the beans and prepared the remainder of the carrots for canning while the shop was open. The turtle beans are dry and ready for storing. We have a nice variety of winter squash stored in the basement as well as leeks this year. We hope to pick a bushel of apples later in the week and can applesauce. That will be our last canning for this year.

This is the new flag that welcomes folk at the shop entrance. Isn't she sweet? I love decorating for autumn but I'm really looking forward to decorating the shop for the holidays, inside and out. We are developing a clientele of regular customers that come every week and it will be nice to share the holiday spirit with them and others who stop in to browse and shop.


Speaking of chores....out to the barn we go.

Have a great weekend everyone :O)

8 comments:

threecollie said...

What a wonderful pile of wood! Sorry you were feeling poorly for a while.

cowgirlwannabe said...

I find that if I can catch that nasty migraine quick enough with some Advil, ice pack on the back of my head, cold cloth on my forehead and darkness and rest for half an hour it seems to make it tolerable to be able to function. Hope that helps.

kristi said...

I promise one day to be a customer at your store but I might have to persuade you to give me a farm tour:) Now you know I am loving that flag!!!!

lisa said...

Deb, I love the flag! Isn't it nice to have two strong men to help with the wood? We worked on ours this weekend but we sure have alot to do yet! I get migraines sometimes and I am usually lucky enough that they don't last to long and aren't as strong!

Gayle said...

Looks like you have one hard working son to be proud of. I look at the farm, the animals, the gardening and I'm in love with it all. I wish I would have had the opportunity to raise my children in such a setting. You are very lucky.

Callie said...

I love this time of year too. The flag seems made for your farm. Having all that wood ready for winter is such a great feeling. Hope you are feeling better. I changed what I eat and I don't get migraines unless I slip and eat something I shouldn't.

Snappy Di said...

Oh that's a lot of wood! Such hard work too. Hubby used to chop ours when we lived in Maryland, never THAT much, but still it was hard work.

Di

DayPhoto said...

Gosh I'm sorry you weren't feeling well.

Your flag is great!

Linda
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