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September 2013

First full day of fall

 Good afternoon from the mountain. Today from the calendar is the first full day of fall. Well let me tell ya,, its been warmer in December.
 It is barely 40 degrees and the wind chill well  let say if it were raining  I would be seeing snow flakes.
Kitchen stove is burning, comfortable in the house. Dreading the loads of blankets that are headed to the clothes line,, my hands will freeze. Guessing time to make some mittens to fit my hands.
I have a nice turkey soup simmering on the wood stove and biscuits to go with it shortly.
 
Good day to do some baking also, if I have to burn the wood, might as well make something in the oven.
 
Got the new stove pipe today for the wood furnace, the new blower motor should be here this week. Be nice to have it going , take the chill off the basement. Rob needs to move log trailer around so he can get the wood close to the house an dump it so I can stack it inside for the winter. No pawing through snow for this farm girl,,, have done it to many winters. He was informed 15 cords of wood please. Weather man says bad winter and lots of snow,,, I am not hunting for wood in the snow.
Took pictures today of the changing colors up on the mountain. Pretty soon they will be all changed and look like a fall  patch work quilt. here is a picture outside my driveway Looking at Mt Cardigan and the mountain range. Just beautiful.
 
 
Just wanted to stop in and say hello,, hope your all safe and warm..
 
God Bless -- take care of each other
 
 
Donna
 
simple farm girl

First day of Fall

Welcome to fall. Our colors here in NH have started changing. The mountains change more each day. Cooler nights and warm days are helping the process.
 
The vivid colors of deep red and bright oranges and yellows will soon be all we see.
 
Its like God puts a beautiful patch work quilt of fall colors for us to enjoy before the winter of white comes to visit.
 
The farm has been very busy with lots of canning going on. This week has found  everyone with tints of orange to our hands,, carrots were seen in our sleep.
 
The green beans, pickled eggs, stewed tomatoes, now carrots are finished for the year unless we are blessed with more gifts of them.
 
Last week we did the meat birds 10 were placed in  the freezer, 8 processed for canning. Then we ended up we 6 jars of wonderful stock for soups and meat pies. Some of the drum sticks from the chickens look like they came from turkeys instead of chickens.
 
I do believe next year we will do 2 different batches of birds since we will be putting food up for 4 families. Just easier spring set and then a fall set.
 
Would like to raise 12 turkeys also,, we eat turkeys year round not just for a holiday. Would love to be able to put some up in jars also.
 
Cutting back on the number of laying hens we will have, in do all the figures we sold a lot of eggs but when the numbers were in we still lost money. If we have what the families will use and just sell the extra if any,, makes more since. I am keeping my ducks,, I love using duck eggs in my baking.
 
In another month or so the 4 adult pigs will be processed. We have replaced them already with 8 piglets. We will keep them thru the winter and sell and process the rest for spring and summer food. In the spring we want to get enough to put in the top pasture to help with clearing the stumps and fertilizing at the same time.
And the process will start all over again.
 
Plans for the farm next year are awesome. All animals will be moved up back and be able to be more free ranged in the pasture and have more gardens down here in the main part of the yard. More vegetable, flowers and herb gardens.  Hoping to get a few hives of bees also.
 
One more step in being self sufficient. Less dependent on the stores.
 
Anyone who says living simple has never tried beating the rain to get hay in, watching the rain wash out your gardens. Sun dry out everything til its crispy.
Waited for new liters to be born and depending all  to be healthy to be able to sell some to make the animals pay for them selves. Farming is hard work, but at the end of the day I wouldn't live any other way.
I have lived in the (city), I have dressed in the high heels, and wore the make up and dressed, and this was how I was expected to dress. An image to uphold, guess what,, if I don't brush my hair before I feed the kritters they don't say a word. If I go in grumpy and just sit with my goats,, I come out happier. I have the best co-worker around. Well they might get a little pushy and climb in my lap once in awhile,, but hey how can ya beat and little pig coming over and laying at ya feet waiting for a belly rubbing. Or even kisses from the goats. I have a flock of chicks who follow me around like I am their best friend. LOL. Especially when I have the scratch feed bucket in my hand.
 
Well ok guess I have bent your ear enough. I have a canner full of tomatoes which are now ready to be cooled and moved to the shelves. A pile of laundry waiting to be hung in the sunshine, while it still can be.
 
I pray you have a blessed week and enjoy life to its fullest.
 
God Bless
 
Donna
simple farm girl
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