Early arrival

Although the official arrival of autumn is not expected for another day or so the signs, both vegetable and animal, would suggest that it is already here. The corn and soybeans have dried down, hints of color have developed among trees dotting the high hilltops, and the animals have fattened and demonstrated that breeding season might be just around the corner. Our daytime temperatures rise into the 70s while nighttime lows dip into the 40s. This cycle of the seasons brings with it welcome changes in routine. Haymaking is over, haybine, rake, and balers have been cleaned, greased, and are under cover. I cleaned the big wood stove early last spring but did nothing to the cookstove. It will need to be attended to for we will want a fire in the kitchen before too long. Although our supply of firewood seems sufficient I called Skipper last night to ask if he might be able to supply a few poles to be cut into shorts as insurance against a very cold winter. We welcomed rain earlier in the week for it will augment the water table which had begun to drop. Pigs went to slaughter on Monday and we are anticipating having to feed the bees as summer’s last blossoms begin to fall. Pairodox continues to keep us busy, but the particulars of the routine have changed. Change is good, and it is here.

5 thoughts on “Early arrival

  1. I didn’t realize you were tending bees again! Hope they fare better than the last batch! πŸ™‚

    • Very, very impressive. You really did sign up! Yes, the bee hives overwintered and we were able to harvest a bit of honey at the start of summer. They didn’t work too hard for us so there is no fall harvest – but they look to be in good shape to make it through the winter though. Now that you are a registered user you’ll have to take a leisurely scroll through all 200+ entries! I think the blogging effort has evolved such that the older ones aren’t, in my opinion, as good as the more recent ones. Some folks say I should simply write about farm life while others say I should dump the writing and simply post nice images. Joanna thinks I should mix the prose with the photos. You’ll have to browse the full content and let me know what you think. D

      • I have already checked out quite a few entries and tend to agree with Joanna. The prose and photo combination is both informative (for a city slicker like myself!) and beautiful. πŸ™‚

        • It’s quite a bit easier to simply post photos. But, as a teacher, I’d like the images to be informative in one way or the other. Celia says that folks won’t read the stuff if I go on and on and that fairly short, interesting, prose is best. I take her advise. I’ve looked at quite a few blogs and the I lose interest in the ones that are too introspective. I try to keep it short and pretty. We’ve got a fleece to shawl competition at a large county fair in Bloomsburg today … and I’m taking my camera. D

          • Your eldest daughter is spot on! People can start to glaze over if the prose gets too preachy. There’s a fine line for sure. People enjoy a beautiful photo with an interesting story and then need to get on with their days. Here’s to many new photo opps at the fair. I bet cotton candy and candied apples could serve as fine subjects! πŸ™‚ Please wish Joanna good luck!

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