Another week of pretty fair weather for us and still so much not done. But then so much has been done. Things progress slowly since nothing has been done with other than human power, not even the horses have been used yet this fall. Aerron is planning to harness the team today and hitch to the single row cultivator to make up seed beds for next season. These newly made beds will, if there is time, be marked with planting grooves for seeding into or for transplanting into and then covered with a layer of straw. Depending on where the beds are being formed and what we plan to seed into those spots, there may also be leaves and compost spread on these beds either prior to just using the horse drawn cultivator or before covering with straw. Which ever way we do the beds, we do the same thing to the beds in the spring, which is to pull back the straw, perhaps retool the grooves, and then plant and close the straw back on the grooves.
It is really nice to be able to get work done when the temperature is relatively pleasant and as well this week the winds were mostly calm and there was little rain. So a lot of firewood cut and brought under cover. But Marie and I burned quite a bit in the house as we like to stay more comfortably warm. When we are burning wood to heat we are running the cook stove and all our meals are cooked on the stove plus most of the water for our coffee and tea is boiled on the stove. We do need a good bit of firewood.
Everyone else in addition to us humans is also quite happy with the week’s weather. The chickens continue to lay well, sheep are still finding a good bit of grass on pasture, cows and horses not so much and they are getting hay.
We still have some veggies growing in the garden but much of it is showing the effects of the cold and frosts that we have had over the past few weeks.