We’ve been enjoying our fall schedule on the farm these days. Not to mention the incredible week of warm weather and the glorious colors in the trees. We traveled through West Virginia last week and our hearts soared. So beautiful this time of the year.What a treat to witness the constant flux that seasons bring.
Our hens are sort of spoiled. I’ve been harvesting apples a few times a week for them. In this photo you can seem them running to our truck for their afternoon treat! It gives me great pleasure to spoil our girls with delicious fruit. There are 2 apple tress up the street from us that no one seems to care about. I got permission from the owner to pick them. I think I’m eating about 4-5 apples a day. I’m too lazy these days to make apple butter. But still need to get a pie made before apple season is over.
Now that our schedule is more relaxed we take our time moving the cows, enjoying the landscape and hanging out with Jack, Buxton’s guard dog! Jack will be headed off soon for some winter training. He needs a few refreshers on how to be the best guard dog he can be. Michael and I worked with him all summer to help eliminate a few bad habits but he needs the big guns now; female guard dogs who take their job really seriously. We figured out what schedule works best for him. He likes to go to work about 4;00p.m. work all night guarding the eggmobile, then he likes to come home and sleep in the garden, next to the farmhouse where he can keep an eye on all of our activities. He does not like to be alone and he needs a break from the cackling hens or he acts out! He must have bones to chew on to keep him occupied. I feed him raw eggs with his dog food and frozen liver from Polyface cows. His fur coat is amazing. He’s not Polyface’s Michael but he’s special in his own funny way. I must admit, he’s grown on me.
Michael has been feeding hay to the cows only as a supplment. They need a bit more roughage in their diet. They’ve been terribly happy these days. Cooler weather, plenty to eat, and no flies. I love watching them lounge. The change of seasons make an impact on us and the animals. It’s great watching things constantly change, always improving.