Tuesday, September 21, 2010

the first day of fall

This dark morning a chilly one. The thermometer read 39 here at Cold Antler. It was the first that I put on my red flannel, canvas Carhartt vest, and wool scarf to do my morning chores. It was the coldest morning so far, and my breath swirled around the flashlight beams as I carried scratch grains from the back of the truck to the chickens, still sleeping on their roosts. I walked the electric fence line smelling the dead leaves and faint wafts of a wood stove somewhere on our mountain road. I carried hay, poured grain, and tried not to trip over June Carter who follows on all morning and night rounds to make sure I am doing things right on her farm. I smiled. I smiled like I just won a thousand dollars and it was 5:40 AM and I had not even had a sip of coffee yet. I could smell it from the kitchen though, soon as I walked inside the warm door.

Tomorrow is the Autumnal Equinox, but today is the first day of Fall.

15 Comments:

Blogger daisy said...

"I smiled like I just won a thousand dollars"

I'd say you've hit the jackpot!
Happy autumn!
daisy

September 21, 2010 at 7:16 AM  
Blogger Alicia said...

There are many "jackpots" in life - far beyond fast cash. Happy Autumn!!!!

P.S. I am almost done with The Bucolic Plague. Great book.

September 21, 2010 at 8:05 AM  
Blogger Sarah said...

Ah....our favorite time of year! Only 9 more days 'til sacred October! :-)

September 21, 2010 at 8:16 AM  
Blogger Flartus said...

June Carter sure has come a long way since her first disappearance. Glad she's bonding with you and the farm.

September 21, 2010 at 8:35 AM  
Blogger Melanie J. said...

so. jealous.
Cranking up to 90 here. I'm wearing autumn colors tomorrow, and yesterday I bought a bunch of different colored squashes just cuz. Thanks for the opportunity once again to enjoy autumn vicariously through you :) Keeps my heart from aching quite so much.

September 21, 2010 at 9:08 AM  
OpenID hollyheartfree said...

I also live on a small family holding in Wisconsin where I have a few sheep and cows, some chickens, barn cats and TWO Border Collies. I know the feeling of feeding before dawn because I have a job in town that allows me to live as I do. It's the best way to start the day I think, the connection between human and her various creatures.

Autumnal Blessings in all her varied guises to you, sister farmer.

September 21, 2010 at 10:47 AM  
Blogger Debi said...

Happy Autumn Jenna! We're looking forward to the cooler weather here in Ky, hopefully it'll be sooner than later!

This is our favorite time of year also. Both my kids were born in the fall, My son in November, and my daughter was so eager to meet October that she was born three weeks early!

I finally made it to the farmers market to pick up some pumpkins. We used our first one to make a most awesome pumpkin pie. Thanks again for the great idea!

September 21, 2010 at 10:56 AM  
Blogger Geek 3000 said...

Hey Jenna! So out of curiosity, what kind of feed do you use for your chickens? We are using crumbles but i want to switch to a whole or cracked grain feed.

September 21, 2010 at 1:02 PM  
OpenID gileadgoats said...

Yay for Fall, indeed! We had 36 degrees this morning when I went out to walk the dogs, and feed the goats, sheep and llama. Poor Vigo was even shivering a bit, his coat hasn't fully grown back in yet. I love those early mornings in the fall, all misty, and crisp and just the birds chirping, and the gentle greetings of the goats. Paradise I tell you! Congrats to you for remembering to stop and enjoy those moments, even while gearing up for the long cold winter, and stressing about the finances. You totally win!

September 21, 2010 at 1:26 PM  
OpenID gileadgoats said...

Yay for Fall, indeed! We had 36 degrees this morning when I went out to walk the dogs, and feed the goats, sheep and llama. Poor Vigo was even shivering a bit, his coat hasn't fully grown back in yet. I love those early mornings in the fall, all misty, and crisp and just the birds chirping, and the gentle greetings of the goats. Paradise I tell you! Congrats to you for remembering to stop and enjoy those moments, even while gearing up for the long cold winter, and stressing about the finances. You totally win!

September 21, 2010 at 1:26 PM  
Blogger bookjunky said...

The equinox falls on 9/23 this year according to this site:

http://www.timeanddate.com/calendar/september-equinox.html

Can you wait? Or you could just celebrate all week. I am.

September 21, 2010 at 1:28 PM  
Blogger Llamabean said...

Thank you for this, it made my day, and it sounds beautiful.

September 22, 2010 at 10:11 AM  
Blogger treehuggers kitchen said...

**happy sigh**

September 22, 2010 at 1:46 PM  
Blogger 6512 and growing said...

How lovely to enjoy your morning chores as you do.

We just finished butchering the first elk of the season, eating the first winter squash and I wore a winter hat much of the day. I would say Fall, for sure.

September 23, 2010 at 12:04 AM  
Blogger Lorri said...

"and wool scarf to do my morning chores"

I read "and wolf scarf..." I thought that was very appropriate for you. Perhaps you can spin the wolf yarn to make one?

September 23, 2010 at 1:14 PM  

Post a Comment

Links to this post:

Create a Link

<< Home