Tuesday, October 11, 2016
It's Fall on the Farm!
Mr. Ripley believes he should be part of every adventure. My daughter, Laura, and I were suddenly overtaken by the need to 'Fall clean' the house. Included in that endeavor has been all kinds of odd sorting through things and disposing thereof.
We went through a couple boxes of fabric scraps...
We have a solitary grapevine on the garden fence. My son planted it 10 or 15 years ago and the most it has ever produced was a box or two of grapes. This year has been a phenomenal fruit year and we harvested 6 big boxes of purple grapes for juice and jelly! It's all canned and tucked away in the cellar.
We had a cider-making potluck party with a group of friends and sent them all home with jugs of the fruits of their labors!
Today I picked a box of Jonagolds and one of Libertys to store in the outside fridge. I tasted my way through our 20 year old orchard. We planted it when we first bought this land and we are definitely reaping our reward in harvest this year!
Many long hours of crafting were represented in my shelves & bins at the show. This buzzard was one of a kind and didn't last long.
Our next show is only about 7 or 8 weeks away and it's a Christmas show. I've already started on a dozen Old Worlde Santas and some little snowmen, Lots of work to do to be ready, and of course we still have things to can!
Well, the garden is finished for the year, other than mowing the remaining vegetation down and trimming back the raspberries. I've closed some of the windows in the rabbit house and we've combined the young and old chicken flocks. Four of the goats will head off to the auction, the haying equipment will be moved under cover and the porches de-cluttered and ready for Fall & Winter winds and rain.
This morning we had the first frost of the season and a fire in the cookstove. The sun came out later and it was warm enough to open the windows once again, but the weather forecast is calling for winds & rain for the next few days so it's time to fill the wood box and get the kindling chopped. Soon the sunshine will be gone for good.
Mr. Ripley is growing and learning how best to torment Maddie the chihuahua. He appears out of nowhere and then disappears just as fast, but can usually be found if you put out a box or basket.
My son & younger daughter and I were talking at
This is just a smattering of what we've been up to on the hilltop and there's still much to do before the farm can sleep for the winter. What a blessing it is to have such a bountiful harvest!