Yesterday was officially the last day of fall and I thought I would send off my wishes for a happy holiday with a collection of photos from our autumn here on the farm.
September: Ushering in the Autumn
What better way to usher in the spirit of autumn than with a squirrel. At the end of August, a squirrel moved in under our outhouse. We could hear it under the floorboards everytime we visited the throne.
At first, I thought it was a tree squirrel, an unwelcomed pest to cabin owners all over the state. I was sure the cats would take care of it. After a few days of hearing the little bugger chatter away under the outhouse with no sign of interest from either cat, who love to eat squirrels by the way, I began to wonder what was up.
Finally, the little guy showed himself and he turned out to be an artic ground squirrel; apparently they are not on the cat’s dietary plan. He made himself at home in our yard and we watched him go about his days gathering food for his long winter’s rest. We named him Remmy.
Not long after Remmy’s arrival, the first frost blanketed my garden signaling it was time to harvest.
Once I start pulling crops from the garden, I invite the chickens in to forage.
One early morning in September, a bull moose walked on to the farm as if he owned the place. If you want to know how this visit played out, you can read about it here.
Growing tired of yellow yet?
October: Winter Sets In.
As gorgeous as the fall foliage is, a fresh snow is equally beautiful.
By October 13th, we had our first snow. It was time to pull the last of my carrots from the ground.
November: Temperatures Plummet.
November generally brings the first cold snap and when it dips below zero outside it’s good to be inside making kraut.
(I know, I know, I have crummy lighting for inside pictures, so let’s get back outside.)
The cold certainly couldn’t keep the boys inside, so, with a hot bucket of water and a mop they set out to turn our tiny duck pond into an ice skating rink.
December: Walking in a Winter Wonderland.
November’s cold snap froze up the creek near our property where we usually collect our drinking water. When this happens we snowmachine down to the Nizina River, a mile from the farm, to fill water containers. This December brought back warmer temperatures and even rain. As you can see in the pictures below, the boys are dressed lightly.
With the garden put up and jars of kraut lining the kitchen shelves we take more time to enjoy winter’s offerings.
Today we harvest our tree so I thought I would throw in a couple of pictures from our previous Solstice and Christmas.
Wishing you and yours a beautiful Solstice and a warm, happy holidays!