I titled this post ‘Back to Blogging’ because that is my goal…get back to blogging. Most of my pictures from the farm have been going on my Kenleigh Acres Facebook page, but that really isn’t a great platform for stories. I originally created this blog to share photos and stories from the farm! Time to get back to doing that.
The following story is one of those pieces that needed its own showcase. It is a story/poem that our son wrote for school. He has had more than his fair share of challenges, but I am a firm believer that all challenges come with rewards…if you are willing to look for them.
He has a unique view of the world and his observational skills have always inspired me.
One of his homework assignments recently was to take a walk outside and observe the changes of the seasons. I was blown away by what he wrote. We put it together with photos I have taken this Fall. I hope you enjoy!
Fall is here.
It is getting colder.
The fog is back.
Leaves are changing colors. Some are still green. Some are orange. Some are red. Some are even purple. Some are bright yellow. Some will never turn colors.
The grass is green. I saw a hawk go for a mouse. It came from a tree and caught the mouse. It ate the mouse.
The birds are back. The rain is here. It is freezing in the morning. The birds are chirping.
The leaves are crowding the ground.
The trees are sleeping. Winter is coming soon.
The mosquitoes are back. The geese are back. The ducks are back.
The hills in front of my house are changing colors because of the trees.
I am feeling a little crazy right now and this title seemed fitting for several different things…but the most important is at the bottom of this blog post!
The Fall colors have been beautiful! I took advantage of the leaves for a felt pup photo shoot and…
and a photo shoot with the cutest kid 🙂
These guys certainly fall under the ‘color me crazy’ title!
They will be making their way to TX for the Whippet Racing Association’s National meet.
Lambing is just around the corner and some of the girls are starting to show it.
This weekend was part 1 of 2 for getting the barn and ewes ready for lambing. My dear husband cleaned the barn…
a big job!
Luckily, the weather cooperated and it wasn’t pouring rain!
The straw was spread in the sheep area and the panels were rearranged for better flow.
He even spread the big pile of wood chips behind the barn! The rain has done wonders for our grass, but with it comes mud. The wood chips help a lot!
The last bit of news for this blog post is that ‘color me crazy’ is going to be the naming theme for this year’s lambs. I came across a website that has hundreds of names for colors from many different languages. Some of the names mean a specific color and others mean the color of something. A few of my favorites are – Delaney, Gwyn, Finley, Fenella, Broderick, Emerald, Scarlet, and Donaghy. Time to start my list, leave me a comment if you have a suggestion!
Shearing is next weekend 🙂
I can’t believe how much the pastures can change in just a couple of days. We left for the weekend on Thursday evening and the pastures were brown, we returned on Sunday evening to a beautiful carpet of green!
As I mentioned in a previous post, I have been holding the sheep off the big pastures to encourage the grass to grow…but the girls have been begging to go out there and the days have been so nice.
So, while I was feeding them, I let them out for a little bit.
The Chicory we planted is really starting to take off…
and the sheep are loving it!
‘I think that is a little too big of a bite for you Petunia.’
‘Yes, Sahara, that makes you look like a walrus…now stop playing with your food.’
Not everybody was focused on the chicory though…Veronica went for the clover.
Chevelle was stuffing her face with dried up dandelions.
While Hyacinch wanted the yellow dandelions.
Mac was going for good ol’ grass.
and Bronwen was eating thistles until she had to pose for the camera.
I’m glad they all have different tastes because there is a lot of variety out there!
The rain never seemed to stop at the beginning of summer, but once it stopped…it stopped – 3 months of no rain is quite a while for the Northwest. I am secretly happy to see the rain again. I am not a lover of the rain and the mud and the never ending sogginess, but I do love what it brings…
The pastures have been awfully brown, except for the chicory we planted. It started growing and turning green with just the little bit of dew we were getting towards the end of summer. The chicory is new for us and we are hoping it can help choke out the foxtail.
So far, so good – it is starting to pop up everywhere!
I have been holding the sheep off of the bigger pastures and will continue to do so for another week or two. I am excited to see the fall forage…
but I think these guys are even more excited!
Another reason to be happy for the rain is for the trees we planted this summer. We got a really good deal on some sugar maples and paper bark birch trees, but the middle of summer is not an ideal time to plant trees in the pasture where there isn’t easy access to water. I spent a lot of time toting water out to them.
Unfortunately, the rain also means we have to say ‘good-bye’ to the blackberries.
and my son, feasted on the last of them.
It isn’t very noticeable, but you can feel a little bit of Fall in the air. There is a crispness in the morning and the shadows are getting longer. With the small change, the quail have returned! I have missed them while they were gone and am happy to welcome them back. I love listening to them talk to each other and call out their warnings.
I woke up to this guy chattering away. I grabbed my camera and headed out to see how close I could get. I didn’t have high hopes because they are very wary and oh so quick.
Luck was on my side! He would duck down behind the rock and I would quietly sneak up.
At this point I thought I was busted, but he stayed!
He had a little friend in the pile of rocks and they finally flew off together.
Along with the quail, we had a little shore bird visiting what is left of the pond.
It was digging and scooping little morsels out of the mud.
I am sad to see the days getting shorter, but the lighting has been absolutely lovely in the evenings.
Fall has been absolutely breathtaking this year. The main difference from past years is that it has been very dry. The leaves usually just start turning color and then the rains will come and rip the leaves off the trees. This year they have had the opportunity to reach their full potential.
The colors created a beautiful backdrop last weekend.
The rains started yesterday and the leaves are quickly falling to the ground.
I used to hate this time of year because I really don’t like the long, wet, cold winter – but I now have lambing to look forward to. We are at the halfway mark with only 2 1/2 months left to go, which I’m sure will fly by like the rest of 2008 has!
I can feel fall in the air, but on my drive to lure coursing practice yesterday I found it in full swing…
not only did I find beautiful colors…
but I also found a bunch of wild turkeys.
Lure coursing practice was well attended with a lot of Afghan’s – I love photographing these dogs!
Their hair has a tendancy to take on a life of it’s own 🙂
They are such elecgant dogs…but definitely not for me with all of that hair 🙂
Here is a picture of the little speedy girl – Danica.
It was a beautiful day for a drive and a run!