Monday, October 19, 2015

First Frost

We've had our first frost.  The volunteer tomato plants that had sprung up in various places gave up the ghost, but the kale, brussels sprouts and cabbage Erika planted are going strong and, we're told, will even be better for the frost.  The zinnias are finished as are the pepper plants, but the turnips and rutabagas Christian planted (from seed) are doing well.  Geese are congregating at the ponds on the farm across the road and the goats look for sunny spots for their ruminating sessions. The light is changing -- longer shadows, dark earlier and later and the humidity is gone!  Hooray! We're enjoying this change of season and bundling up and going on walks in the crisp, chilly air.  I hope you enjoy some of the photos we've been taking.

Geese walking.
Geese flying.  (Not the same ones who were walking, thank goodness!)

Finley has started noticing things that fly -- bugs, airplanes, leaves and birds.  She just noticed these geese struggling to get into their V formation and she wanted to be sure I saw them, too.

The first of many, many (I hope) pumpkins to grace this front porch.
A frosty morning view from my bedroom. 

Don't worry -- there wasn't a drop of Pumpkin Spice Latte left when I gave her my cup. 

An Eco-Till radish that is nearly as big as she was when she was born!
Now that Mr. Cochin has learned where he fits in the pecking order as it relates to we humans, he has settled into being a very good rooster. 

The calling card of our building crew's superintendent.  

Thursday, October 15, 2015

This gorgeous time of year

This area of the Virginia Piedmont is beautiful any day of the year, but in the Fall there are days when it is just spectacular.  The hazy, humidity-ladened skies of summer are replaced by brilliant blue skies, and the clouds! I never get tired of looking at the clouds. 

Then the leaves start their performance -- gold, brown, red, yellow, orange.  On the trees, blowing through the air, on the ground, pushed by the wind into mounds in every corner and rustling in the wind.  At first, the colors are muted and there are just a few leaves, but slowly they become much more vibrant and they are everywhere.  I never get sick of looking at them, shuffling my feet through them and taking photos of them.  

I hope you don't get sick of seeing the photos!

Farm Girl likes leaves, too.

Tuesday, October 6, 2015


Ahhh.  Our goat-boys.  How sweet all three of them are.  But, there is something special  about Barrow.  He is by far the friendliest and most personable.  

We love all three of them, but Barrow!

Monday, October 5, 2015

After the rain

While we've been spared the torrential rain some areas south of us have experienced, we've had three days of nearly non-stop drizzle mixed with heavier downpours every now and then.  Everything is wet -- chickens, geese, goats, flowers, gourds, the ground and as of our afternoon walk today, Farm Girl, too!