We are enjoying Autumn bliss this week.
and beautiful blue skies.
The trees are beginning to turn...
One of my favorite things to spot in autumn is a patch of purple asters
against the brilliant yellow of the goldenrod.
To me, it's nature's perfect color combination.
Sadly, this year asters seem to be few and far between.
Perhaps it's been too dry?
This fabulous week has been the perfect opportunity for hay farmers
to get in a third cutting.
Nights are warmer and daytime's abundant sunshine and warm breezes
are exactly what is needed to dry hay.
One of our neighbors cuts our hayfield and bales it for his cows.
We have no one who can do square bales for us,
and round bales are too large for us to manage...
so the neighborhood cows eat our hay instead.
If there is ever a hay shortage, I would consider turning our
hayfields into pasture land.
For now, though, it all works out just fine.
Yesterday morning we got the equines fitted into their grazing muzzles and
walked them up to the upper pastures.
Moonbeam apologized for the previous day's temper tantrum
and happily set about munching.
All is well when everyone is in the upper pasture.
It is definitely their favorite place.
I did a little sewing yesterday... making a couple aprons
The lemon balm that I had hung to dry a few weeks ago
was ready to make into tea...
So I picked off all of the leaves and stuck them in a jar.
Lemon Balm makes a soothing herbal tea...
perfect for an evening cup!
I had some orders from the previous day to take to the Post Office,
so we seized the opportunity to go for a bike ride.
The Post Office trip is a 15 mile round trip and it is through
some beautiful countryside....
farms, creeks, woodlands...
I also feel good about the fact that anything that I sell
either gets taken to the Post by bicycle,
or by electric car (powered by our own solar energy).
I am trying to do my part in all that we do...
even my Etsy shop!
Lastly, if you have time,
you might enjoy listening to a podcast that our Amanda produces
In this particular podcast, Amanda is interviewed.
She is quite passionate about the subject of food insecurity
and has made it her mission to stay on the frontlines of this
always relevant subject.