Cold and windy, dark and ominous, October is marching in, leaving muddy tracks on my carpet to mix with the windblown leaves. I’ve been away from this blog and my shop for much of the warm months. I’ve been delving into gardening, raising chickens, working full time hours outside of the home, drumming, socializing, and…
Cold and windy, dark and ominous, October is marching in, leaving muddy tracks on my carpet to mix with the windblown leaves.
I’ve been away from this blog and my shop for much of the warm months. I’ve been delving into gardening, raising chickens, working full time hours outside of the home, drumming, socializing, and altogether being a happy and busy bee.
Now the cold is returning, and bringing with it my nesting instincts. I’m ready to clean and create. So far this fall, I’ve put away some applesauce and pie filling after picking at Stepp Orchard in Hendersonville, NC. I have one jar of peelings soaking in rum, and another in vodka, for making cordials. I have a jar of spiced vodka infusing in my cupboard as well.
I’m eying the plants outside to prioritize the autumnal harvest…the burdock is dying back and after the first frost, can dig up his root for eating and pickling, oh, and the chicory, too. The primrose is bright with flowers, and I’ve been pulling leaves of yarrow for drying. We have a big jar of dried shitake mushrooms, and I’ll soon be getting some pumpkins for carving, roasting seeds, and making pumpkin butter and pies.
We have recently used an extra bit of canvas to create a wind block for the chicken coop. The biddies are all fluffy and feathered out as the days get colder. They are happy, healthy, and producing well! Our first winter in caring for them is coming, and I’m confident we’ll all make it through with all of our toes.
Enjoy this crisp season of woodsmoke, chill wind, and rustling leaves. I’ll be in better touch with all you folks out there.
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Isn't it wonderful to "be happy and a busy bee?" Your blog tells that.
I love to hear all about you chickens! I used to have them growing up and I find them very funny and great to have around. We also had two goats. Both goats and chickens both where always the porch and would have gone in the house if we had let them. I always felt them a part of the family!!