Oh, how I love this time of year.
The days have shortened a bit and evenings are quite chilly.
The last of summer's color (and the best of summer's color) hangs on until
that first frost chases it away.
It seems to take forever for Spring's plantings to become full and lush like this...
and then suddenly one night it is all gone.
The ground remains parched, and the leaves are falling off the trees
brown and crunchy.
I doubt that this year's fall foliage will be colorful.
It's been too dry.
As I go about my afternoon chores, I throw some hay to the horses
and pause for a while to watch them eat.
I love how this mis-matched group of equines has grown to be such a tight-knit family.
They stick together like glue...
all day and all night.
Each night as I lead them up to their pastures,
the ones left behind whinny their displeasure.
Once all of them are re-united peace returns to the herd.
Their pecking order seems to be organized by size...
with Moonbeam the herd alpha.
I have never witnessed any discord amongst them...
they just seem to love each other.
Red's abscess is healing rapidly.
This will soon be nothing but a memory and a temporary scar.
Isn't that amazing?
I have to admit... I am finding it quite hard to stay focussed this week.
The packing is done and the farm has been readied for our absence.
There are a few errands left to run before we leave.
I am so excited for this trip.
It will not be a restful vacation...not one for catching up on reading.
No, this trip will be an adventure...
many miles, many sights, many activities.
We will slow down in the middle of the two weeks for a five day stay in Tuscany with friends.
This is the part of the trip that appeals the most to me.
Wrapped around each side of those 5 days will be visits to Rome, the Amalfi Coast,
Pompeii, and traveling by train to Florence and Venice.
And by the way....
the secret to slowing time is looking forward to something really exciting ...
the time passes so much slower!
"Ciao, amici, ci vediamo domani!"