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 🙂
also known as the loudest part of the day as all of the sheep start screaming for their breakfast!
The breeding groups are still together, but only for one more day. The boys will go back to their bachelor pads and the girls will go out on the pastures that still have some grass.
By my calculations, it is going to be a busy lambing season…33 girls were bred in 3 weeks.
Speaking of lambs…here are the ewe lambs we are keeping with the 2 retired girls, Holly and Dolly. We were only going to keep 4 ewe lambs – 2 for us and 2 for our son. Somehow there are 10 there…
but they are such a sweet group 🙂
They scream for their food, but they really like their morning scratches. This is Unzicker Rosalind and she often leaves her food to come get extra scratches.
These girls think she is crazy!!!
To get to the back corner pasture, I have to walk through the chicory that is in full bloom right now. Summer is still here, but Fall is definitely in the air, especially on the frosty mornings.
You can also sense the urgency in the bees as they prepare for Winter.
The two ram lambs, Roy Rogers is in front and will be staying…if he starts behaving himself that is! He doesn’t think it is fair that he didn’t get any girls and has been creating a lot of commotion because of it. He will soon be with the big boys and they will surely put him in his place, at the bottom of the ladder!
I enjoy my morning chores, but will enjoy them even more when the sheep aren’t all spread out. I love spending time with the girls and it is hard to do that when they are with the boys.
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.