Monday, October 29, 2012

in autumn





The leaves felt like they changed color late this year, but once they did, if you blinked you'd miss all that grandness.

The stream to the pond finally started flowing again after a couple good rains to make up for a hot, dry summer. Three months with a dry pond. Oh how we missed that water. Such beauty and life returned the day the pond filled back up!

The chickens (or "bok boks" as baby likes to say), are all doing well, and growing lovely new feathers as they come through their annual molt. We haven't had any additional losses either, but we have them mostly confined to the (large) outdoor run attached to the barn. We're looking into some portable electric fencing as a possible way to allow more free-ranging again. I'm not completely convinced that will deter the fox, though. Anyone have luck with poultry fencing?

Our Sussex has been semi-broody for a couple weeks. I intended to let her sit on a clutch of eggs, but she seems a bit confused as to what to do exactly. One night she's in the top right nest box where the eggs are, and the next night she's in the top left. Oftentimes she sits near the eggs, but they don't actually seem to be under her. And she can't resist leaving them often in favor of enjoying a snack with the other hens. I told her that's perfectly okay - much of the time I have no idea if I'm mothering the right way either! 

We're tossing around the idea of breeding our two girly goats (also known as "ba bas" in baby talk) to the neighbor's buck. It's a big decision and one we need to make very soon!

All the garlic has been planted out! A couple old favorites: Sicilian Silverskin and Siberian Purple Stripe. Along with some new varieties: Russian Red, French Rose, German White, and Inchelium.

The cold frame is continuing to provide us with some nice fresh greens, and I'm starting a new row of lettuce soon.

These Autumn days are very good, indeed. 

10 comments:

  1. What beautiful fall foilage you have and I love the reflection pictures! :)

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  2. Sounds (and looks) just all around wonderful. Baby goats sure are precious, but can be a lot of work, too. We had two pygmy goats have twins whilst I was working at ZooMontana. They sure made the barn lively and precious. Forgive me if I should know this, but do you "do" anything with your goats? Milk? Meat? Fiber? Or are they your companion animals?

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    1. Hi Beth! Well, right now they are pets, lawn mowers, and fertilizers :) I'd love to have milk from them, though, hence the decision about potentially breeding them!

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  3. Gotta say the pics area great! Our fall turned really quickly too. The colors were great, but with all the wind and rain they went away fast.

    BTW I always eat some of the cookie dough when I make cookies too ;-) As do the kiddos!

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  4. So interesting reading about your Autumn when we are coming into Summer here in OZ!We are having an awful time with our chicken fencing at the moment...thank goodness we only have 3 as i am continually chasing them out of my vegie patch (like the wallabies weren't bad enough lol)So suprised a fox or snake hasn't taken them!Good luck...absolutely gorgeous pics too Jaime!

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  5. I bet it's lovely having the pond back!

    Goats can be grand when it comes to kids and dairy, but are quite the commitment. Will be interested to see what you and your's decide.

    Fantastic pictures....

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  6. Hi there Jamie! Even though you wouldn't know it, I am still here, following along... Yes, by all means, try electric fencing for the hens. We have the woven electric fencing from Premier. A similar woven fencing is available at most Tractor Supply store, but the stuff Premier sells is FAR superior and is well worth every extra penny you'll spend. I also get fence chargers from Premier - they outlast cheaper models and work better. As for protecting the hens, the fencing works very well. We have foxes, coyotes (TONS of coyotes), raccoons, etc and etc, and as long as we keep the fence charged up, we don't have any problems (. We still lock in the girls at night inside their mobile coop, but the portable electric fencing allows us to rotate the layers through the pastures easily and safely. Let me know if you have any other questions - I'm happy to help! - Sophie

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    1. Hello Sophie!! Thank you so much for all this invaluable information! I'll definitely take your advice and try the fencing. Yay!

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  7. beautiful - and bok-boks! i love it!

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