Yesterday passed like a speeding locomotive.
We had signed up for a seminar at PSU (an hour's drive),
so I had an entire's day worth of work to get finished before noon.
It was also farrier day,
so while Jack attended to the ponies and the farrier
(and I am told that everyone behaved themselves, thankfully)
I went out early for morning chores,
and found the crazy biker chicks in their usual roosting spot -
up in the tree above their yard.
So far, it seems to be a safe spot,
but I cannot imagine why they wouldn't rather be inside a warm house
on cold, rainy nights.
Except for this reason....
While Hubbs stayed outside with the farrier,
I stayed in the house and cooked.
I braised a whole chicken to make chicken salad for today's visitors.
(We are having toddler time on the farm today and I am making lunch for the Mums.)
I also made a huge pot of root stew for last night's dinner and put it in the crockpot
to finish simmering.
(I use bison cubes and make stew with carrots, parsnips, turnips, potatoes, sweet potatoes,
onions and peas... comfort food for a chilly, damp Autumn day.)
And baked and decorated these shortbread cookies - the perfect treat for Toddlers.
(These are seriously easy to decorate and can be made to look like
oranges, lemons, limes or grapefruits.)
Shortly after noon, we headed up to State College.
We've been attending short classes through the OLLI learning center of PSU
on a variety of subjects.
They are informal, informative and fun.
Yesterday was a travel class about Central Iran (Persia...
a place I don't think I will ever go.)
Several rain showers caused a double rainbow...
seen on our way back home.
By the time we returned to the farm,
it was the golden hour.
It was actually the first that the sun had been out all day.
Most of the day had been drizzly.
I love the light at this time of day.
Everything on the farm glows,
and the grass turns the most electric shade of green.
It was a very quick golden hour.
More like a golden 5 minutes,
as the sun sunk behind another dark grey cloud.
But I was happy to have been there for those 5 minutes!
A quick stop in the garden to check on the last blossoms of the year...
which yielded some saffron for drying.
This is the official end of the 2018 gardening season.
With the exception of a few kale plants that will hold on til January,
our harvest is finished.
I'm already planning and dreaming of next year's garden.