Wednesday, October 24, 2007

Blue skies and old barns




What a glorious day it is today! We had our first hard freeze over the weekend and our first snow on Sunday, thankfully doing away with nearly all of the flies. Today, the sun is back in it's full glory and it will soon be 70 degrees F. Tonight it will be down to 25 degrees or less. Indian summer we call this and it's my favorite time of year.

The third cutting of hay is in windrows, ready to bale. There's not much of it this year. We tried to put in grass alongside the alfalfa and we're not sure how successful we really were. It's always been alfalfa for us so we don't really know what a successful crop of grass hay looks like. We've actually had a pretty good year for rainfall. The last few years were drought years, with less than 8 inches of rain in a year, but this year we had intermittent, but heavy rain and at opportune times.

The old barn still looks somewhat picturesque surrounded by the aging trees and the fading fences. One day it really will blow over and I'll be sad. Until then, I can complain about how shabby it looks and how ugly it is, compared to the barns others in our area have. It sits not 30 steps from my back door and perhaps that's the real problem. Rustic, encroaching on an attempt at civilized living, makes the whole works look messy and old. Ah well, it does it's job and does it well. And the price was right, since it didn't cost us a penny to build and put to work.

I was struck by how utterly clear and blue the sky is this morning. That's not unusual for us, but somehow this morning, it just bowled me over. Have I said before how much I love the life I lead?

6 comments:

Casdok said...

It does look very picturesque!

elizabethm said...

what great pictures - the sky is blue as blue! your life sounds great. i love mine too but the weather in wales is very different - come over and have a look.

kathleen said...

Do you remember when the old barn was built? We were only kids, and the horse colt kept carrying off the tools...lots of great memories live there in that barn, and then there's the memory of So Bars clubbering me in the gut...that one's worth forgetting...but others! All those babies born in there, all those sick ones nursed back to health, all those kids playing in the hay! It's still a good old barn.

Posie Rosie said...

Brilliant to link up with you, I am really going to enjoy reading about life on your ranch and see how it compares to our farm! We have a mixture of sheep here, black face, and cross sheep, the happy farmer crosses the black face sheep with Suffolks, Texel or Blue faced Leicester. We also have Highland cows and chickens. Posie.

KittyB said...

Lovely pics - it looks an interesting place to be. And I love the alpacas - such sweet faces.

yarnplayer said...

Beautiful photos! You have a lovely place. The crocheted sweater is fabulous!