Monday, November 28, 2011

The off season

 As much as I love summer and the farm season, the off season has it own particular charms. Not having a garden full of flowers forces me to notice the beautiful leaves, berries, and dried flowers available.
 The sunsets are often brilliant, especially when the sun is breaking through after a rain shower.
I also love the contrast of dark sky and light on the bushes lit by late afternoon sun.
 We have lots of time for napping, even if the nap place of choice is not very comfortable.
And, everyone loves the long winter evenings spent by the wood stove with a good book. I usually have a stack of books and knitting projects waiting for these evenings, as summer is just too busy for long spells of either reading or knitting. Summer will be here again before we know it, so we are truly savoring the slower pace of the off season.

Thursday, November 3, 2011

another season has come and gone

The flowers in the garden are mostly gone, killed in an early freeze.

The remnants of a really good pumpkin display

Farm kids going out to harvest pie pumpkins in the morning fog.

The boss, supervising the dismantling of the hay fort.
Another season on the farm has come and gone. It was a good one, and we are grateful for the good harvest we had. In spite of the crazy business and the sheer exhaustion of the summer, I love what we do. Especially the winter of hibernation and rest!