We've had an amazing October weather-wise. So many sunny afternoons, enough rain to keep the grass green, and frost every morning. We managed to get the potatoes and carrots harvested from the garden -- with a couple extra weeks of growth, which means a better harvest. Now all that's left is Kale and a few cabbages and turnips. It was definitely a Cole year in the garden -- cold and wet Spring and long sunny Fall. But most of the Cole plants (cabbage, winter radish, broccoli, kale, turnip) will keep for a while in the fridge or cold storage. Nice. We are actually eating 100% farm raised meals now -- that feels so good!
The first set of lambs went to the abatoir last week and to our customers yesterday. We were happy -- they didn't have much fat and dressed out to a decent weight-- proof that our switching to whole grain - gmo-free feed is working. Our flock seems much healthier this year. There weren't unhealthy before but the switch in feed seems to be making them glow -- softer fleeces, brighter eyes, less problems overall.
Time to start felting for the Christmas Artisan Faires. The garden has stretched out longer than usual.
Musically speaking, we are practicing for a 20 minute performance of harp, mandolin, xylophone, guitar and recorder for a Christmas banquet. The Christmas carols sound heavenly on the harp and I am being challenged and stretched in my arrangements for this event. All the pieces are our own arrangements and there is a lot of satisfaction in that.