Now, this... this is Autumn!
Finally, the weather has changed to brisk and windy.
The soundtrack of the day is one of my favorites - dry leaves blowing on a chilly October wind.
Our weekend weather ran the gamut. Friday it was 80 degrees and sunny.
Saturday - rain. But with that rain came three "Littles" visitors to the farm. I somehow missed getting a photo of little Eli (maybe because he spent a good portion of the visit napping).
Mackenzie could hardly wait to get out to the barn and spend some time with her Pete.
She loves this kitty. It's hers, she says. I'd have to agree.
I was excited to show the kids the finished gnome houses... although they will be much better when they are in place along the trail in the woods.
Our clinic Doctor arrived just on time... he checked out Hubbs' thumb and was pleased with his healing. I made him a Mayo stand for all of his instruments. Although, when I made the stand, I had no idea that our little gnome physician was so vertically challenged.
Between rain showers we took the kids on a trip to the woods in search of new mushrooms. This dead tree is almost entirely covered in fungi. Without the help of fungi, old dead trees would not rot and nourish the forest soil.
These two get just as excited over fungi as their Grammie.
We found the tiniest specimens... this one smaller than a pencil eraser.
These orange ones were quite small, as well!
Mackenzie found theses lovely ones on a broken branch... they remind me of delicate blossoms.
Friday was World Fungi Day... perfect timing.
Sunday the weather turned much colder - finally, what one would expect at this point in the season.
I worked on another gnome house... this time a flower shop. I will finish it by mid week and share the finished model then. In case you were wondering.... we are making all of these out of recycled barn wood and bits and bobs, and half-used paints that have been stored in the barn (except for the gnomes and accessories). This one is a work-in-progress.
Thanks to the wet weather we've had, some of the pumpkins that decorated the farm have started to rot. The chickens enjoy them as a treat... although it takes them a few minutes to figure out that they are edible.
By afternoon, half of this large pumpkin has been consumed. I had read that pumpkins are a natural de-wormer for chickens... so the chickens are in charge of pumpkin recycling.