October 26, 2016
Apple Picking Season!!
Yeah, not that kind of apple..... :-(
The horses are now going to be kept in the Wormhole and The Shire for the winter while we work on the rejuvenating other two pastures (post to follow). Since we cannot rotate pastures because of that nor let manure dry out for a couple weeks after being harrowed (dragged) we have to resort to picking the field again to prevent parasite issues in our ponies.
This means we get to pick the field every week! We've gone a couple weeks without doing such and it took us a while to get The Shire cleaned up today. It was a gorgeous breezy fall day so I can't complain. We need to do a final mow too so it will be easier to rake the piles and spot treat any weeds until we can let this pasture rest and reseed next spring.
Unfortunately our apple trees are still too little to get edible apples so we must be satisfied with pony apples. We are going in two weeks to get four more apple trees and a couple pear trees! Can't wait to have our little orchard fully mature!! I'm sure the ponies will benefit from it as well!
It's been a few nice weeks of fall-ish weather here in NC, some hotter than others and many trees are starting to change. We luckily avoided the flooding and other issues further south and east of us. The grass is becoming dormant despite the rains and I'm switching to hay...which means I am now able to get back into the feed room. Two weeks ago the hay was right up to the door so the ponies had the task of eating our way back into the feed room.
It seems our house and property are unending with projects. We have discovered mushrooms in our house windowsills so we need to replace our wooden windows, NOW. The same company is going to put gutters on the barn so we will finally get working on our drainage project. The shed still needs to be finished too. We are in it for the long haul so it's good to get all this work done now and we can enjoy it sooner. Being this is the second house we've owned with wooden and difficult windows to open I'm really excited about vinyl energy saving windows!!! The ponies are happy and healthy and don't seem to care about any changes we make to our house or property. Fall is a busy time (like summer wasn't?)
I am happy with the weather being much more tolerable for outdoor work, fall has always been my favorite season. Next summer I will have to just bite the bullet and arise early to avoid riding or working in the heat of midday. Even though I wish I had more time for the ponies I love having a property where they can be in my backyard and I can love on them whenever I desire. Nickers in the morning is the best way to start my day!