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Archive for September, 2014

Well here it is…the first day of Autumn.  The past week has felt more like summer than autumn, but the week before that there was a hard frost, and that was it for the garden.

I love spring planting and preparing the garden, but I have to say I also love this time of year, when it’s time to put the garden to rest.

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I have spent hours digging weeds, pulling out dead tomatoes and beans and zucchini.

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Not my favorite job in the garden, and such a sorry sight.  If only I’d covered those tomatoes that night.

Then there was the garlic…a great harvest this year, and a satisfying job to clean and prepare it.

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Dead-heading the flowers from the peppermint left a lovely scent on my hands.

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Odin the sheep-herder, walking them out to the field this morning.

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Emma waiting patiently down the path.

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What did we find in the field today?

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Three Sandhill Cranes just walking around.

This past weekend we cut up firewood and I packed it home with the tractor.  (Love that tractor) Yesterday I stacked it all in the shed and last night it poured.  What a good feeling, to be tucked up warm under the covers, listening to the rain and knowing that the wood was under cover.

All these little autumn chores…preparing for the winter ahead.

In town shopping today, and I picked up my annual bottle of Jameson Irish Whiskey,

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getting prepared for the hot mugs of Scalteen this winter.  ( See the March 10, 2014 post)

It is the first of day of Autumn, kind of grey and rainy out…might be a good night for that first sip!

 

 

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Every day I find something that brings a smile to my face.  Often it is something the cows and calves do.

Here is Brandy feeding her calf Bobbie.  No Brandy is not pregnant again…she just has a full figure.

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Here is Olivia feeding Lily.

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I bet that brought a smile to your face too.  A very brave position for Lily to take…did I mention that Olivia has a bag with six teats, one conveniently facing straight back.

Olivia gave me quite a scare these last few days.  She was not herself, hardly eating, struggling to walk, keeping to herself, looking very depressed.

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Her symptoms didn’t worsen, and I kept a close eye on her and after three days she began to pick up again.  This morning when I got up she was down at the feeder, her old self again.

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Lily is growing up and every day she looks more and more like Olivia.

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Then there are the eggs…it is like Easter morning every day.  Today there were three, all before noon.  The day isn’t even over yet.  I can’t keep up with eating them and have begun to fill a carton.

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And…the double yolkers just keep on coming,

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as do the smiles!

 

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