I LOVE FALL!!!
What splendid fall weather we had yesterday...
partly sunny with lots of wonderful grey clouds, windy, cool and dry.
I spent most of the day outside catching up on extra chores.
While the horses were busy running around the front pasture,
the pigs and I got busy cleaning up walnuts in their yard.
For some reason (some may say it's a sign of a hard winter to come)
There are so many walnuts lying around that it's hard to walk in some areas without
twisting your ankle.
I imagine it cannot be too easy for the pigs to walk around all of these walnuts as well.
As you know... I am never alone when doing chores.
There are always lots of friends interested in what I am doing!
I love these pigs... always so tolerant!
I am not sure what this fellow was up to, but he had his neck feathers ruffled like he was
thinking about flogging me. Yikes!
By the time I finished, the gator was full of walnuts.
The dogs and I took a ride over to our hundred acre wood,
where we deposited all of those walnuts.
They will either be winter food for the forrest creatures or eventually grow into trees.
I also spent a little time cleaning up the garden for winter.
I was surprised to find the saffron crocus blooming (for the fourth year in a row)...
Saffron is extremely expensive, so growing my own makes perfect sense.
I also harvested the rest of the carrots, some broccoli and kale....
and beets, which I peeled, cut and roasted for supper.
Also for supper was THIS recipe...
I buy a freezer full of local, pasture-raised, whole chickens every year,
so I am always looking for recipes that use a whole chicken.
There is a little extra work associated with a whole chicken...
like cutting it up into pieces.
I also use them for soups and stews throughout the winter.
Although buying local pastured poultry direct from the farm is a little more expensive than
buying chicken in the grocery store,
I feel a sense of satisfaction in not contributing to the inhumane way that commercial