Every autumn, after the first frost, there's a long period of nice weather that's just perfect for cleaning up the farm, and maybe getting ready for the holidays. This is the time when we tidy up the sheds and roll up the hoses, mark the tools that need repair, and start planning for next year.
Despite the crisp air, and, compared to the summer frenzy of getting ready for market, the leisurely pace of the work, it's a bittersweet time and we're often stopped in our tracks with sadness. A long series of long nights stretches ahead. Time for painting and reading, then sleep.