Rockgate Farm

  (Conway, Missouri)
A Small Slice of Heaven!

Fall Arrives on the Farm

Well, it's here!

  I swear, I live for this kinda weather.  Cool, crisp mornings with a light mist floating above the pond.  The summer sounds of the "peeper" frogs are gone........just a lazy quietness.  Occasionally, I'll hear the low ball of one of the calves, or the quack of a restless duck...but mostly, it's like the farm is taking a deep breath and winding down for a long winter's rest.

  The leaves are starting to turn, and the nuts are falling from the trees.  The apples are all picked and the garden is tilled up.  I've noticed quite a few "free-range" lettuce, cucumber and dill plants coming up where I had let it go to seed.  But, that's alright, fresh lettuce is always welcome.

  I'm busy in the kitchen now, putting up the last of the harvested fruit and veggies.  I've a few late hatched birds to integrate into the flock...but mostly, I'm winding down also.  Soon the time will change, and the daylight will be gone.  I'll go to ground, just like the critters.  I'll spend my evenings with the remote control and a cup of tea....yeah, right!:)...Fat chance of that...LOL

  Time to break out the flannels and the mud boots.  The persimmons are predicting a snowy winter...again.  Ask your old folks to explain that one :)  Need to lay down gravel on the drive before it sets in.  I'm already in trouble for slipping the dually off the drive in the rain.  Makes ugly ruts.  Time to muck out the barn and the hen house and lay down new bedding before the cold sets in for good.  It's winter prep time.

  Lots of work ahead...But, I always do one thing first.....

Take a minute, about dark.....Walk outside.  Take a deep breath.  Stand perfectly still.  Listen.  Tilt your head back, and look up at the sky.  Take in all of the smells, sounds and sights.  Look at the stars.  Remember how blessed you are to be able to do that, and how wonderful these things can be.....on the farm!



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