October gave a party;
The leaves by hundreds came-
The Chestnuts, Oaks and maples,
And leaves of every name.
The sunshine spread a carpet,
And everything was grand,
Miss Weather led the dancing,
Professor Wind the band.
Autumn on the farm marks the transition from Summer to Winter and as the days get shorter and the temperature cools the weather gets erratic and dramatic.
The hedgerows are full of berries and the trees are groaning with crab apples, pears, plums and apples. Our kitchen has gone into preserves, chutney and crumble mode not to mention delicious pies being created. The autumn sun glows golden and emits just enough warmth to take off the chill.
We are still calving – the easy, the complicated, the happy and the sad. It can be draining if a new calf is rejected by its mother and you have to play midwife and health visitor in one encouraging maternal love and successful feeding at midnight after a long day. The Tups (rams) have been released in with the sheep to have some fun and provide our lambs for next year. The cattle are being moved in to settled down as the nights draw in and the rain pelts down turning the fields into a mud bath.
Spring seems like a distant memory and winter is approaching. Looking back and forwards taking stock of the summer and making new plans.
Take a walk and breath in the cool crisp air, watch the falling leaves, feel the frizz encouraging mizzle and enjoy what has to be the most colourful season of the year.
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