Late yesterday afternoon, I thought that Mother Nature was playing a trick on us. The cold rain that had been falling all day quickly turned to heavy, wet snowflakes. Our beautiful maple trees, leaves still ablaze with autumn reds and oranges, were quickly transformed to white. New England is certainly well-known for its unpredictable weather, but in my lifetime I don't think I've ever seen [this much] snow in October.
We really weren't expecting snow. We scrambled to close up the barn the best we could by shutting the big awning door and all the windows. Luckily, there was no wind and the temperature hovered just below 30 degrees. The alpacas stayed cushed inside overnight, and were out first thing in the morning, as soon as the sun started shining and had melted enough snow to show the green grass in the pasture.
Mother Nature, we're still enjoying the fall weather. It's just way too early for snow!