Monday, September 27, 2010

Time to Embrace Autumn

Hanna and I headed out into the misty morning on Saturday. Even though we live on the edge of town, there was peace and silence( and the crowing of many roosters). I just love this time of year, the changes, colors and stillness. Autumn entices me to be still and really see God's handiwork around me. The mist hanging in the air was like His breath on the world. I saw old autumn in the misty morn. Stand shadowless like silence, listening to silence
- Thomas Hood

Hanna gives the flock a wake up call!

Delicious Autumn! My very soul is wedded to it, and if I were a bird I would fly about the earth seeking the successive Autumns -George Eliot

I'm always amazed at how Hanna interacts with the chickens. She's eager to head out in the moning and open the door, chasing them out onto the yard. She tries so hard to catch them to bestow a hen with her kisses. This morning, while Wayne and i did yardwork, she sat in the garden. Surrounded by chickens and zucchini in hand, she was content to sit and make sure they all got a bite of her offerings. The chickens have definitely been extra work this summer but so worth the effort. We do have too many roosters and I'm planning to butcher a few. I hardly have the heart for it and definitely don't want Hanna watching. However, soon the hens should be laying eggs, and I can just see her heading out with a basket in hand to the henhouse.

A time to pluck up that which is planted. Eccl. 3:2
I'm so glad to have the gardens tilled up, makes me feel like a huge load of work has just been done. What a beautiful day it was for yardwork. Now this week I tackle the flowerbeds, dig up all the canna lily bulbs, tidy the garden shed and do some pruning. Then I will sigh and say 'I'll be back in the spring'


  1. It is kind of sad to pack up and wrap up summer, but I bet for those of you with gardens and grain farms it's kind of nice to have it done too!

  2. Great post! Love the pictures of Hanna with the chickens! Too cute.

  3. The beautiful pics of Hanna & the flock are so amazing. Blessings to you & yours! Looks like you have a large garden. I am dreaming of a box garden. I hope by spring.