This morning there was a definite chill to the air, and the sun is not rising as quickly as it has over the past weeks (or at least it seems that way). It has slowly dawned on us that summer is coming to an end and autumn is creeping in. Normally we would lament this, but now that we are more keen than ever to increase productivity we are welcoming the cooler weather; there is so much to do!
We need to prepare our ewes and rams for tupping; this year we’ll be tupping in October as lambing earlier worked well for us. The chicken patches need to be dug over and more bark put down for scratching. All of the vegetable patches need to be checked, harvested and where necessary turned over, too.
At Firfield, we’ll be checking on the bees and making sure that they are healthy going into winter as well as looking forward to our first harvest of walnuts! At Number 28 we’ve got some building plans and will be making a brick-built herb garden as well as some gold frames to bring on plants over winter. Finally, at the field there is the ongoing task of hedge maintenance including dry stone walling and hedge laying.
No rest for the wicked, and we love it!