Monday, October 14, 2013

Indian summer activities

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

Sweet Harley

happy horses

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 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...

happy dogs!

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


Anonymous said...

We've had a beautiful October here - lots of cool mornings and warm, sunny afternoons. It's starting to turn colder now, with some rain, but I love this somewhat more subdued fall weather too. Horses are getting very furry . . .

Carolynn Anctil said...

These are beautiful captures. We had one day of warm spring-like weather yesterday. Overnight the temperatures dipped to 5 degrees below zero again. The wind tore the leaves off the trees so quickly here I was barely able to notice that they'd even turned colour before they were gone.

You have some happy animals there. Here's hoping for more warm days in the coming days for you all to enjoy.


aurora said...

Your beach trip sounds so dreamy! As mentioned before, I miss the ocean - experiencing it vicariously is the next best thing.

Great pics of your happy animals, warmed by the sweet Fall sun. Your grapes look so yummy. There is nothing like fresh homegrown produce. Just yesterday I dug up my first leek for homemade chicken soup, what a difference from store bought.

As far as Fall, our weather mirrors Kate's. I just posted the first of a four part series of our favorite Fall tradition ~ trail back riding in the northwoods.

Cindy Garber Iverson said...

Oooo! That quarter of beef will be nice over the winter won't it? I'm enjoying the beautiful fall weather down here too. You're right. It's the perfect weather for bonfires and autumnal outdoor activities.

By the way, your grapes are beautiful!!!

Cindy at Rosehaven Cottage

beth said...

i love ruby and annie :)

Lea and her Mustangs said...

I hope this works. I haven't forgotten you but have had trouble getting a comment to post. Love LOVE you pictures. You are much more ambitious to me. I have been riding Sage every day. She has her good days and then days like today. She just stops and goes backwards. Half the time I was off lunging her in circles, getting back on and going a little way and then start the process over again. Don't know what the problem was. She did not win though. Chico is doing fine. He will go and get gelded next week I think. Then I will get her up for sale. Hate to but we have too many. Love you dogs. We take our little ones with us but Maggie is so old she can't get in and out any more and prefers to just stay home and lay in the sun. River is not a take with you dog. She is our daughters and hope that she will come get her before too long. Hope you get away to the beach. Sounds like a dream.

fernvalley01 said...

I looks lovely there , we are busily "gathering nuts" for winter too, preparing to wean etc, but I have taken a few days here and there to just coast and relax, it has been very nice

Karen said...

We've had beautiful weather... and although I could smell the grapes along the field edges, I never did find any actual grapes this year.. weird.

I just love Harley's appy coat... he is beautifully marked.

Lori Skoog said...

Eagle and Berlin could be related! They have that same look. Thanks for checking in.

Grey Horse Matters said...

Beautiful pictures! I love Autumn. Hope you get to enjoy a beachfront house getaway. Sounds wonderful.

Stephen Andrew said...

Gorgeous! The horses look beautiful as always...and I envy homegrown grapes!