Monday, August 13, 2012

Weekend Musings

It was a quiet sort of weekend around the farm.
Most everyone, except me, had places to go and things to do.


Sure, I had things to do...
but they all involved one corner of the farm or another....
particularly the garden!

I took quite a bit of time and cleared my kitchen counters of a week's worth of
freshly harvested produce,
turning it into pickled beets, yellow tomato chutney, and spaghetti sauce...
all of which will help to fill the pantry shelves in preparation for the cold months ahead.


After finishing the kitchen work,
I spent a little time outside enjoying the "feel" of late summer.


Although the gardens are at their height and bursting with color,
the nights have turned cool, the days are shortening,
 and Autumn is whispering to me from just around the corner.
Do you feel it too?  Has Autumn whispered your name, too?


The grapes are ripening...
the last of Summer's fruits.

All too soon, life will slow down to a different pace than that of Summer.
Weeding, watering, harvesting and food preservation will be finished in the coming weeks,
and days will once again give us time to relax.


For now, though, we grab the moments when we get the chance,
taking time to snuggle and cuddle.


And the beauty of it all is this...
no matter how much or how little time we have,
there is always some sweet soul ready to fill our laps and our hearts.

Each evening, before retiring to our own nest,
we take one last trip out to the barn for bed time feedings.

Ginger and MaryAnn eagerly await our arrival with their chow...


and never cease to make me smile,
not just a little upward crease at the corners of my mouth,
but a big, wide toothy grin!
I love those pigs!

And then, there's pensive Daphne, with her dreamy, far-away look
as she munches on her bed time snack.


These gals make me chuckle ...

"But they're cousins,
Identical cousins all the way.
One pair of matching bookends,
Different as night and day. "
(You have to be old enough to remember the Patty Duke Show to get that!)


And so, with everyone happily munching their bedtime snack, 
we head home...
to the comfort of our nest.


Tomorrow is another day...
with sweet surprises that await us!



10 comments:

Diane Cayton-Hakey said...

That last shot is sooo sweet! And yes, Autumn is whispering here too.... BUT I can't wait until it's shouting at us. :-)

Cindy said...

What lovely pictures of your animals. I love to look at all that canned up produce! Reminds me, I have a huge basket of tomatoes calling my name. :)
I get your reference! Now I'll have that song in my head all day!

missy said...

I hope your day was met with sweet surprises..and yes, I'm old enough to remember the Patty Duke show..I've been calling autumn for quite some time..I'm glad it's finally calling back..Sweet post Bev..I love your "musings"...

Jeri Landers said...

I AM old enough to hum the Patty Duke theme, Funny! Oh Beverly, you are such a real farmer, what with your canning and superb fruit growing talents. I only got a tiny bunch of grapes on my vines, just enough for lunch. I was at a mountain fair this weekend, when a lady walked by with a pig wrapped up in her arms, I thought of you and your funny piggy friends...although I don't think you would be able to sling your piggy over your tiny shoulder!

Karen Bates said...

Just fabulous! Yes, I have noticed the cooler nights, shorter days...all too soon. We have had such a short summer. I hate to give it up..yet.

Country Gal said...

Wonderful photos and post ! I just read of another blogger I follow that has been busy with harvest from their gardens in their kitchen as well . It is that time of year . We to are getting cooler nights and mornings but the days are still presenting humidity ! Have a good day !

Tracy said...

Loved the Patty Duke reference- I got it right away! Made me smile even more than all the great pics and musings!

Michelle said...

Fall is my favorite season, so I am eagerly awaiting its arrival!

Mary said...

Wonderful! And Ginger and Mary Ann are indeed magnificent. How could you ever have a down day with those 2 around? And the rest of your animal friends. So much unconditional love.

Bernadine said...

What a sweet post. It's hard to believe that summer's end is being felt in other places. Here in Georgia, to me, it's always some form of summer. I'm just used to intense seasonal changes and here it is so mild of a change. All your produce canned and ready for storage is inspirational. Maybe in a few seasons, I'll be ready to start canning and preserving.

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