Tuesday, October 6, 2015

I'll Tell You A Secret

Wanna know a little secret?
I'd trade you 5 summer days for 1 autumn day anytime...
in a heartbeat!

Yesterday may just have been the most stellar day of the entire year so far.
Long-sleeve-cool temperatures, brilliant blue sky, light breeze, no humidity...
do I need to go on?

I awoke with more energy than I've had in months...
and so I put it to good use!
After morning chores were complete, the farrier arrived
to trim all of the equines' hooves.

I took the opportunity to groom them while he trimmed their feet.

Curry, curry, brush, brush, buzz, buzz, snip, snip.
Each one got a complete makeover from head to tail.

Were they grateful?
Probably not.
But they were well behaved and I have learned to be satisfied with just that.

When the farrier was finished, I headed back to the house to fold a load of laundry
and do a week's worth of ironing.
Next on the list was cleaning the front pasture.

Sam is always willing to accompany me for chores
and loves to ride shotgun.

For the most part, he sits in the passenger seat while I pick up horse manure.

That is, until the donkeys get a little too close for comfort.

"Maybe if I close my eyes, I can pretend they aren't there!"

Eventually he makes a hasty exit out the driver's side.

The pasture is a peaceful place this cool October morning...
everyone just nibbling and enjoying the day.

My next stop was in the pig pen, where I also picked up "poop."
After emptying my buckets at the manure pile, I decided it was time to do a little mowing
(hopefully the last of the season.)
I trimmed a few bushes and picked the last bucket of tomatoes and peppers
and headed home to cook dinner.

If this had been a hot summer day, I could never have accomplished all that I did.
I am thankful for these days...
and only wish we had more of them each year.
But, I won't be greedy.

No, I'll just take advantage of them and enjoy them,
remembering that winter is coming and life will slow down considerably then.


  1. what a lovely productive day you had, I love sunny calm Autumn days they are great for working outside :-)

  2. What a fulfilling day. So glad you are enjoying the cooler temps. It's starting to drift down this way. S-L-O-W-L-Y.
    What do you do with all that manure?

  3. I'm with you! It is hands-down the best time of year. Enjoy!

  4. Daisy G.....we compost it for several months and then it gets spread on our hay fields.....recycled!

  5. Lovely photos ! I like the cooler temps just not the dampness with them that hurts me but I get done what I need to get done to with out sweltering so that's a good thing . Thanks for sharing , Have a good day !

  6. i could live in autumn all year long!

  7. Just one of those kind of days, every once in awhile . . .
    Spurs me on with an energy unmatched . . .

  8. Spa Day at the farm! I love that final photo you posted -- very evocative.

  9. great post and fabulous photos...I much prefer Autumn...I wonder if it is a sign of getting older and not being able to deal with those extremes as we used to or are the extremes just getting more extreme...I still prefer Autumn! I love your chore companion...such a gorgeous boy!
    Cath from Cath@Home

  10. I get a lot done in Fall, too. Much more than I do any other time of the year. I think it is partially because I know winter is coming so I better work fast. lol
    Love all of your sweet farm-life shots. I always do. xo Diana

  11. Good evening Beverly,
    How right you are... I am still waiting for the cool weather. It has cooled down some, but not enough... I long for the cool breeze of fall. It looks as if everyone is enjoying the cool weather.

    Thank you so much for leaving such a kind note... And thank you for the reminder.... How could I forget to list his name... Milo !
    Enjoy your week, and thanks again.


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