|Our park tree in full color|
|beautiful fall colors|
This may be the first real, true Indian Summer in the past several years, that I can remember anyway. We've had a couple of frosts and now the most beautiful sunshine. Many mornings have started out shrouded in mist, only to burn off and be beautiful and warm later in the day. This is the kind of fall weather I absolutely adore! Bring on the outdoor activities!! Bonfires, roasting marshmallows, picking apples, chopping firewood, riding horses, taking hikes in the woods, capturing all those gorgeous Autumn colors that abound...aaaahhhh, just splendid!
Hello October and all your glory!
|Walking in the woods|
|My beautiful (and round) Eagle|
|Lovebirds...Ladde and Missy|
|sometimes he makes her soooo mad!|
This past weekend we bathed the dogs, trimmed their nails, had a bonfire and burned our huge pile of tree trimmings that we've collected throughout the summer, cut some firewood, went out for breakfast, made homemade cabbage and tomato soup and I baked a marion berry pie. I'm needing to make some room in the freezer for our quarter of a beef that we're expecting by the end of the month. We haven't bought a quantity of beef in many years, so it will be nice to have this on hand. Grass fed, grain finished, Black Angus and raised by friends of ours...it will be so nice knowing that the beef we're eating is humanely and organically raised locally. The meat in the stores just doesn't taste good these days, so I buy very little of it.
Since we missed our horse camping trip last month due to bad weather, we're hoping to take a few days the end of this month and go to the beach. All the campgrounds are closed for the winter now, so no horse camping...but, who doesn't love time spent at the beach? I'm hoping to find an inexpensive beach house, and if I'm lucky, it will be beach front, have a wood stove or a fireplace, a full kitchen and a hot tub. Sounds delicious doesn't it? I envision long walks on a solitary beach, and then coming back for a nice, long soak in the hot tub, followed by a good book by the fire...or a movie, or maybe even a nap. *sigh* Mentally, I'm already there. :)
I've still got to do the usual groundwork in preparation of a short trip though, like finding someone to cover for me at the clinic and a caretaker for the horses and the cats. The dogs always travel with us. They'd plot some heinous revenge if we left them at home...
|Missy's eye (Sugar)|
|our 2013 grape harvest - a good year|
I'm hoping this beautiful weather sticks around for a while...through the end of October anyway, after that I've always said, come November and all bets are off. Haha! Winter is then upon us, as the monsoon season hits. But fingers crossed for sunshine, brisk mornings, clear skies and frosty pumpkins for a little while longer...
How's the weather in your neck of the woods? Do you have traditional activities that you enjoy this time of year??? I'd love to hear about them. :)
Happy October everyone, and blessings from
Lorie @ Cingspots