Sunday, October 25, 2015
Sunday Reading - Winter is Coming, Eventually
Yep it's pretty much that time of year again. Winter should almost be here although this year it seems to be dragging it's feet by a long margin. So far around the Small-Hold we have had no frost and we are still turning on the AC occasionally.
The grass is still growing although not enough to warrant a mowing. I could more than likely get another cutting off the front hay field if I wanted to but it wouldn't be a lot. Maybe another 12 or so bales total so I am thinking about just brush hogging it before I put the implements away for Winter.
The nights have been getting cooler. The sheep love the cold nights and are once again running when we open the gate into the main field of a morning. The yearlings do the traditional air flop and jump like a trout hooked and fighting the line. The ewes still frequently come back to the barn lot several times per day but not to nap in the shade or drink a gallon of water, they come back to tease the rams through the fence. Suddenly food is not the only driving force in their lives anymore.
The leaves are turning brown and blowing everywhere and the cats once again want to snuggle and curl up next to the humans at night. The dogs now nap in the yard looking for sun light instead of shade and the wild birds are no longer stealing every bit of wool, horsehair or grass they can find.
There have actually been a few days recently where the bees were not flying and getting into everything as well.
We also only have to fill the water buckets and troughs once a day again and there are now spider webs floating everywhere.
Weekend traffic now contain just as many trucks with firewood loaded on the back as trailers with zero turn mowers and you cannot find an ad for a used log splitter for sale anywhere.
Will it be a harsh, cold, wet Winter this year as most predict every year or a drier, warmer one?
So far it looks to be a drier, warmer one but I have been fooled by that often over the years. Best to keep preparing for the worst and hope for the best.
Keep Prepping Everyone!!!!!!