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Windy Night

There is a clear feel that winter is on its way. The leaves have begun to wind their way from tree to forest floor. The grass is slowing its growth, and the animals seem particularly diligent in getting items set aside for winter.

Our part of Tennessee is immune to many of the hard winter concerns that other homesteads might have. While we will get cold, usually our cold sticks around for a week, maybe two and moves on. Likewise snow or ice. Our difficulty in both snow and ice is simply the hills and ability to clean out in a short time.

Tonight just felt like a soup kind of night when I left work. A hearty stew to take the chill away, and to stick to the ribs.

We tried to prepare for the upcoming winter season this weekend by taking down a couple of troublesome trees that were near the barn, by taking down fence that we should have not put up (at least until we had cleaned the woodline to remove shadows in the late day), by cleaning up the gardens to put out a cover crop, and by tightening up the chicken coop.

Part of me was very critical of the idea of bush hogging the garden. Seems like a decent farmer keeps the grass at bay, so at the end of the season, you don’t have to cut the jungle back. In the end, I reconciled that the garden provided what we needed, and was there for utility, and not just for looks. Bush hogging is ok.

The winds continue to switch direction and the back door shivers from the blowing north wind. Should be a great night for a book and sleep.

Friendship Tree

Few things in this world are more pleasant than friends. While much of the work that we do on the farm is solitary, both April and I are people people. We enjoy sharing our journey with those whom we come in contact with.

While most of us would agree that our job, is well work, we can also hopefully say that in that job there are people who make it worth coming in, and who its enjoyable to work with. A friend who I have at work, and who shares much of the frustration that I have at work gave me one of the kindest gifts the other day – a Cleveland Pear Tree. The Cleveland Pear Tree is a fast growing flowering pear tree that will make a nice front border to our homestead.

From the road, our home is fronted by lovely (not) Privet Hedge, which has grown to near 16 feet tall. Its bushy greenery obscures the front of the house. We can’t wait to cut it down – but I had set a condition of cleaning up the bushes we had already cut down, prior to cutting anything new. Well we did that a couple of weeks ago, and are now ready to clear that Privet. I’ll bring out the Stihl on Saturday for more Chainsaw therapy, and we will open up the front of the yard.

The Pear Tree is a perfect gift, as it is something that will outlast both the giver and recipient (hopefully – I’ve watered it well), and it will always cause a fond remembrance of the gift, and time that it was given.  Its also a perfect gift for folks who spend time working outside as a way to remain connected with friends on the journey.