I know some of you may have already experienced the first blanket of snow, or a night around the fire. We haven’t. The first storm is rolling in today, so we have officially started the season. Autumn is my most favorite season. I love the colored and the changes in the wind. I love how it brings everyone in. Cozy blankets, hot drinks, plenty of reading and movies. It’s the only season I really get into baking. Soup is very common. I just love Autumn. Don’t you? Autumn is when our goats get bred. I can’t wait for fresh milk again. Our turkeys will soon be processed and frozen. Last year’s turkey is in the frig defrosting. The garden is cleared and needing tending for the fall planting. The jackets and coats are coming out. The dresses and shorts are set aside. The nights are longer, the days shorter. The hens aren’t laying so much. Things are getting quiet around the farm.
As I’ve hung clothes on the line again (thank you warm weather), I have really been pondering the seasons’ changes on the farm. We have been out here in the country for a full year now, and I’m barely feeling like I have a better understanding of what each season brings.
We are coming from winter, which is the least busy of all the seasons. The main goal is get animals bred, stay warm, and rest from the hard work of the rest of the year. I see it as the stay inside and fatten up period. Baking becomes frequent, and reading is plenty.
When you are stagnant for so long, it’s very difficult to kick into full gear Spring. We made it through baby goat births and building garden boxes, and now we’re gearing up for planting the seeds and selling the babies. This requires paperwork, advertising, disbudding, castrating ect. In just a few short weeks I’ll be back to milking twice a day. We have drip systems to fix, fencing to build, and trees to trim. It’s about time to decide which hens are no longer laying and, therefore; need to processed. Spring is the busiest and most work here.
I very much enjoy the rest of the Winter, but I am definitely ready to begin the work of Spring, so as to profit from the harvest in the Summer. Things are picking up here. We are praying for a blessing on this little farm. May He give the increase for our labor.