Thursday, October 16, 2014

Autumn on the Homestead

It's hard to believe I have been here three weeks.
The days are just blurring into each other.
I can't recall the last time I had so much to do, but I am loving it.
Makes me feel good that my little homestead is keeping me busy.

Let's take a walk around the yard and inside the house for this autumn month of October.
Such a pretty time of the year around here.

When I moved here at the beginning of October these trees were still green.
They just seem to turn colour overnight.  And on one particular tree, all the leaves have fallen.

This morning I walked around the property and picked up fallen twigs.
My son this weekend will cut the grass, but for now I love just looking at all the coloured leaves on the ground.

The neighbouring farmer's soy bean crop looks to be harvested soon.

 Think I will sit on my back deck, on my swing, and watch the show when he does.
 Funny, you always see the farmers in the field when you drive along a country road,
but when they are in your backyard, up close and personal, it just seems that much more cooler.
Until of course the Spring when they spread manure in the fields! ha

Of the two sets of chickens I have, the younger birds have not started molting yet, while the older ones are.
My new young birds are not laying eggs either, getting a little worried about that.
I know that in the fall and winter months they stop, but they are still getting natural sunlight, so not sure why they are not laying.
I will be installing a light in their coop over the winter, but was going to start when it snows, when they can no longer go outside.

Inside the house, I added touches of autumn.
Last weekend we had our Thanksgiving, took a few snaps before the family arrived.
The family keeps getting bigger, will have to buy a larger table for next year.

First Thanksgiving in my new place.  Loved it, can't remember when I had so much space.
For past years, I always had small rental places and we were all elbow to elbow.

Just as fast as I unpacked my Thanksgiving/Fall decor, I was packing it back up again.
And bringing out the Halloween stuff.
The Saturday before the family was to arrive, my new dining room set was delivered.
Then I spent the entire day and well past midnight that night, unpacking and decorating for our Thanksgiving gathering.
Like I said, can't remember when I was so busy.  But it is a healthy busy.  A good one. :)

Wonder what this set will look like this time next year.
Would like to paint it, thinking some sort of shade of grey.  Add a few baskets to the top of the cabinet.

My favourite antique china cabinet.  Will not be putting a paint brush to him.
It holds my Royal Albert china.

A few scented autumn candles burning around the house.
Pumpkin spice.....heavenly.

I am so glad I started this blog.  It allows me to chronicle my journey.
And this journey is extra special to me.
My first autumn at my first homestead.

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  1. Your younger hens may not be laying as they may not be of age or if they are of age, it could be they need time settling in and getting used to their new surroundings. When we moved our hens last spring, they stopped laying for a bit. Despite the warmer temps, mine have already slowed down. They also won't lay when they are moulting as they need the extra calcium to grow in those new feathers. I'm not chicken expert so I could be wrong but, that's what we have learned having chickens. Love the fall colours. We are expecting a storm this weekend and I suspect that will be the end of our colourful leaves.

  2. Such a beautiful place to live with all the scenery! We don't have colorful leaves yet.

  3. HI Diane, your trees are so pretty in red and gold. I can just picture your yard and barn in the winter with snow. It will be so pretty. You should get a big fir wreath for the barn with a red bow on it. :) There are farm fields around us too and they just cut the grain out back last week and baled it on Monday. And there's a distinct smell of eau de poo in the air around hear too. LOL You get used to it and hope for rain. Have a great weekend.

  4. Oh, I forgot to add that your Thanksgiving table looks really pretty! :)

  5. What a lovely job you have done getting settled in already! I can't wait to see more!!

    Cheryl @ The Creative Me and My McG

  6. What beautiful Fall color!! And a lovely table you set. So glad to hear you are having a good time being busy, it's the kind of busy we love!! xoxo

  7. Such beautiful scenery, love those colors of Fall.... Great decorating, your home is so inviting and cozy.Blessings Francine.

  8. My motto is that manure on the fields smells better than a housing development.....

  9. Your home is looking fabulous Diane and the Fall colours in the yard are amazing. Enjoy your first Christmas in your new surroundings... I can't wait to see how you decorate for the season ahead!