Warm Weekend Walk

It’s another busy weekend around the farm, but I wanted to take a moment to share some photos from yesterday’s goat walk with you. It’s been unseasonably warm, and the goats have been anxious to stretch their legs by running around the yard.

Our son loves his time here on the farm (he is only with us part of the time) and looks very much forward to taking our little herd out for adventures around the property. This year, he’s tall enough to reach the lower hanging branches on our Maple trees, which he brings down to goat-level so that they can enjoy one of their favorite treats. If you ever visit, you’ll probably notice that the lower parts of our Maple trees are stripped bare!

Winter is right around the corner, and we just read recently that the meteorologists are predicting a particularly harsh season this year. However, we also just learned that an old farmer’s rule was to watch the wooly bear caterpillars – specifically, the width of the brown stripe on their bodies, and the wider it is, the milder the upcoming winter should be. There are some scientists who say that this actually indicates what the previous winter was like, however. Which has left us a bit baffled, because all of the Wooly Bears we’ve seen around our property have a lot of brown this year, and last winter was terribly harsh. It will be interesting to see what actually happens this year. We are hoping for mild, but preparing as best we can for frigid cold.

This weekend, however, we are just enjoying the sunshine and autumn colors, and hope that you are, too!

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