Autumn Farm Scenes

Friday, the Mariners secured a spot in the post season for the first time since 2001.

It was great fun watching.  I had gone to the previous post season against the Yankees after 9/11.  It has been too long.

On Saturday morning, I thought the peacock looked dramatic on the hay barn roof.

The swimming pool kept leaking so now I am trying dew retting for the flax.

I have been drying herbs in the kitchen,

and in the living room.

The bull continues to look more and more bully.

We are feeding lots of apples to the animals.

On Sunday, we rooted the Seahawks to a win.

This morning the sunrise was gorgeous.

The fodder beets are huge.

And the pig butts are getting bigger.

Those are the autumn farm scenes from Schoonover Farm.

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Garden Produce for the Animals

Increasingly I am using our garden’s produce to feed the animals.  We had tried to sell produce at farmers markets and in our farm stand with very limited success.  Eggs are the only thing that sells well in our stand.  So I have been using the vegetables that grow well here (squash and root vegetables) to supplement their diets.  Here are the pigs eating pumpkin, and they had been nibbling on the beet greens.

The chickens are enjoying a beet and pumpkin.

The sheep are enjoying a pumpkin.

This is what is left of a sunflower that Jaylene brought over on Sunday.

In other farm news, our older peacock is down to only 2 feathers and looking a little silly.

I started retting the flax.

The white turkeys continue to impress.

As does Rory.

I also noticed the vultures circling today.  I was worried that Jewel’s grave had been disrupted, but it hadn’t.

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Farm, Historic Cooking and Grandkids

As for farming, the tragedies are over, for the moment.   These are the hayloft chicks that I had moved out of the pen the other day.  They seem to be doing OK.

This is the peahen who lost her chick.  She also seems to be doing OK.

I was able to scratch Starsky’s back today, which is a first for these pigs.  No luck with Hutch, but I did admire the coppery red sheen from his back.

I also took a moment to appreciate the farm buildings we have here with the green trees

And in the evenings we all relax on the couch.

I continue to participate in A Taste of Old Colony History zooms once each month. This month was Poor Man’s Cake.

For some reason, I did not have high expectations for this cake.

But it is surprisingly good.  It tastes like carrot cake without any carrots.  The frosting isn’t as creamy as cream cheese frosting, but it is still yummy.

I also found out that out that one of our December recipes should be started early.  It is Aged Egg Nog.

So I got this going as well.  I have never aged nog before so this is fascinating to me.

Today the grandkids came for a visit.

Piper was pretty tired so spent quite a bit of time on this chair.  She was able to collect quite a few peacock feathers as well though.

William mostly rode around on his quad.  But there was also a Seahawks game in the afternoon so we watched that as well.

The grand-dogs Sammy and Bell visited as well.

William got the Seahawks light going, but it didn’t seem to help them much.

Ryeleigh was initially excited by the dog visitors but then got jealous of the attention they were getting.  So she was in a little bit of a huff most of the afternoon.

It was a very nice visit.

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