Well, it's fall on the farm and the chores have changed with the season and the lesser day light has us rising earlier and going to "roost" earlier too. In the early mornings before the sun has come up over the ridge and the air is still crisp and frosty, I go out to gather kindling from the woodshed, the smell of hickory wood smoke and the sounds of farm around me- wild turkeys gobbling in the woods and the horses neighing at me from the barn and pastures- I love this time of the morning.
Mama has kept busy these past months drawing and re-drawing the Homestead Blessings Coloring Book.Every page is hand sketched and is a work of homesteading art- each drawing reflecting our life on the homestead and many drawings are memories and have stories behind them. We are very excited about it being finished and available now, just in time for the holiday gift giving season.
You did a beautiful job, Mom!
Earlier this fall we spent some time on the back roads up on the ridge tops gathering wild muskadine and fox grapes.
We made quite a few jars of jelly from these gatherings.
We're back on the homestead after a trip out West to see Granny. Glad we got to go, but glad we are home again too. The garden is overflowing with veggies and weeds and we have been canning up a storm! One of the prettiest things in the garden are the zinnias that are in full bloom. We love to grow zinnias as they are bright and colorful and bloom till late fall.
The luffa gourds are doing real well and climbing up the trellis we built.
Tomatoes and green beans.
One potato, two potato, three potato, four...
It's always nice to have time to make some mountain music!