Wednesday, November 26, 2014

First snowstorm of the season

After receiving several visits from the snow gods, we finally saw a decent snowstorm today.  A noreaster ladled about seven inches of wet, white stuff through the afternoon.

I (Bryan) had the superbly bad timing of choosing this day to drive our daughter to New Hampshire and back for a medical appointment.  The roads were sometimes thick with snow, sometimes crunchy, and usually slippery.
Looking out at central Vermont, somewhere between Randolph and Hancock.

Back home, chunks of snow keep sliding off the roof to land on the ground with loud WHOMPFs.

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Last day of the hammock

A rare warm October day leads me to the hammock:

Into October

We're halfway through October here on the homestead.  Here's an update.

Now is serious autumn time.  Leaves have largely turned or fallen. Temperatures often drop to the 30s°F, especially at night.  We've started the main house fire, even running it an entire day.




And yet we get flashes of warm weather to remind us of the season just past.  Today's temperature may rise to 60 °F.  To an extent fall and spring are seasons of oscillation, alternating between the seasons they separate.

Nearly all of the plants are done.  Our plots are either empty or filled with lonely stalks.  The exception is our main potato patch, which Ceredwyn is letting finish, giving each spud a smidgen of extra growth,

The light has changed, as I describe in this story on Cowbird.
November is just around the corner.

Sunday, September 14, 2014

The season's first fire

Autumn has settled in with a vengeance this week, with temperatures in the 40s during daytime.  This is too cold for Owain and Ceredwyn, so we lit our first fire of the season.

That was wood from last winter, and it burned well in the kitchen stove.

Friday, September 12, 2014

Summer fled this morning

Today is chilly.  It was about 40°F when I got up, rising to 47°F by 8:30 am.
This is autumn's first major swipe at summer.

Friday, September 5, 2014

Today's little harvest

Ceredwyn snagged some cucumbers from our gardens today, along with a bunch of blackberries.

Cucumbers have proven a reliable crop over the past few years.  Blackberries are relatively new for us; we experimented with cultivating them this year.

Monday, August 25, 2014

One day's small harvest

It's been too long since we blogged here.  Time to remedy that.

Now it's August and summer is upon the cusp of autumn.  So harvesting is in the air.

For example, Ceredwyn plucked these from one of our plots today: