I always say that time seems to speed up around the fall. There’s so much to get done, projects that have to be completed before the rainy season hits and of course a garden to harvest, preserve and put to bed and let’s not forget firewood to be cut. But then I also say this during the holiday season……and during the craziness spring planting and kidding time……..and naturally summer is just a blur…..so basically life is rushing by in high gear and I’m just hanging barely hanging on. All this to say that I’m a bit behind in writing about our updates.
With the drought our farm pond has been at an all time low and as a result we now have a resident heron who likes to hang out and snack on the fish. We’ve named him Big Bird. He’s getting quite large and very healthy looking from his regular meals. In fact if he yellow instead of gray he would truly resemble Big Bird, hence his name. Murphy chases him off every chance he gets and it can be quite startling to be working outside and suddenly have a large pissed off, pterodactyl-looking beast fly by. It keeps things interesting around here.
In other news the goats broke their feeder. We knew it would happen soon since they also use it as a scratching post and I’m only grateful that I found it when I did. We happened to be hanging out in the goat pasture after feeding time and I noticed that Karma had her head buried in the feeder and was making some odd noises. This really isn’t that unusual, since she makes odd noises when she’s eating all the time (she’s an enthusiastic eater and I can totally relate to that. It’s why she’s one of my favorites). Anyway, when I went to pet her I noticed that her break-away collar was caught on one of the metal bars and she was stuck. Good and stuck! I tried to support her body weight, keeping her from fighting and hanging herself and Hubs came running to apply some brute force to the bars. We finally got her free. Guess what on the list to be fixed today?
Other than working to finish our summer projects, including the front pasture fencing and working on the hay storage area and dealing with those unexpected projects that keep popping up we’re settling into the fall routine. This consists of working in the garden until we’re exhausted and just can’t stand it anymore…..then we move to cutting wood for a change of pace. it’s a good life.