Some Days Pass Too Quickly

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.


Lynne said…
Sometimes a “golden five minute” is all we need . ..
I will always enjoy your photos . . .
Liking that final bloom and the
Handsome Roosters indeed!
This N That said…
Days pass quickly when they are jampacked as yours are. Actually, the older you get the more quickly they pass. You always make good use of your time and enjoy your life. That means a lot to you and everyone around you. xxoo
Anonymous said…
The "orange cookies" look so great I can almost taste them!
What a lovely idea and how creative you are.
Jennifer B. said…
I braised a whole chicken to make chicken salad for today's visitors. ... I also made a huge pot of root stew for last night's dinner and put it in the crockpot
to finish simmering.

My reading brain got ahead of me and I really thought you were going to say ROO stew ... like no more roosters to keep the birds in the trees. :)
diane in northern wis said…
Love your pics Bev....and all those lovely ladies perching in the tree far away from the roosters! Love your orange cookies...they always look so delicious and they look HARD to make. Your stew sounded scrumptious too. Thanks for an always great blog!
Dee J. Hartman said…
I wasn't aware you could collect and dry saffron! I use it in rice recipes, and it can be so expensive to buy, depending on the quality.It takes about 70,000 crocus blossoms or 210,000 stigmas to yield just a pound of saffron. (That's a football field's worth of crocuses.) The wholesale price of a pound of saffron can vary from as little as $500 to as much as $5,000, with retail prices anywhere from $5,000 per pound to $10,000 per pound.