“The ultimate goal of farming is not the growing of crops, but the cultivation and perfection of human beings.”

Masanobu Fukuoka, The One-Straw Revolution

Signs of Autumn

Autumn is here.

And although the temperature belies that fact right now...
there are other signs.

The Purple Beautyberry is spectacular.

The chicken pens are lined with heath asters. (And ragweed.)

As I gather eggs, I walk through the middle of these wildflowers...

and the sound of insects buzzing from blossom to blossom
is all I can hear.

Dry leaves are starting to accumulate on the ground...

causing that familiar "crunch-crunch" as I lead the pigs and sheep out to pasture.

No one has much energy when it is this hot out!

With cold weather right around the corner,
we took delivery on another load of hay.

One hundred bales needed stowing... and only Hubbs and I were there to do it.

I loaded each bale on the hay elevator,
sending it into the hayloft of the barn, where Hubbs neatly stacked it.

Thankfully we finished this task during the cool of morning.

Some consider themselves exempt from such chores!

Others watch in fascination.

As you can see, Fancy Nellie is taking one of her many baths for the day!

In case you were wondering how Sam is doing...

He is doing great!
He walks on all four legs now and only has a slight limp.
I am so glad we did not put him through an ACL reconstruction.
I honestly think...

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