Wednesday, November 5, 2008
It has started...
There is a reason Oregon is known for being green:
The rains have begun.
This is what it has looked like outside for the last week:
Fall has definitely arrived in Oregon.
Roxy doesn't mind:
Mr. Toad (clever name thanks to tips from sugarcreekstuff) has his lily pad to stand under:
Despite the foggy, rainy skies, there are still quite a few raspberries ripening on the vines:
and I pop a few in my mouth whenever I head up to the barn.
Er, I should say, whenever WE head up to the barn:
There is even a blooming flower here and there still:
The fall colors are intense and vibrant this year.
From near to far: Lilac tree, grapevines, raspberry canes, and pear tree in the distance:
Don't know what this is, but isn't it pretty?:
Japanese dwarf maple:
Uh oh. One of my greatest challenges in the garden is picking up piles of trimmings I've cut. As you can see here, I was actually a good girl and picked up this pile... but then forgot to empty the wheelbarrow. It is now filled with about three inches of rainwater:
So when I go to pour it out, it will create a small river down my garden path that will result in a muddy mess. Fortunately, Roxy doesn't mind the mud:
Because we've had almost nonstop rain for the last 5 days, I've taken to stalling the donkeys at night. This gives them a chance to get out of the mud, dry off their feet and lie down somewhere that isn't damp.
They wind up looking like this in the morning:
This is a result of going inside with damp fur, rolling in yummy pine bedding and then having their hair dry:
It's all crispy to the touch:
...kind of like their backs have been sprinkled with some sort of brown sugary topping. Mmmmm...donkey cobbler...(now that's just wrong!!):
The chickens don't mind fall, per se, as they love all the grape leaves I've been throwing their way:
But the rain is wreaking havoc on Dot's 'do:
And now that the rains have begun in earnest, it's probably time that I cover their run with something a bit more substantial than the tarp-and-plywood combo I've got going on:
Ah, fall in Oregon...summed up best with one word: WET.
Roxy, being the hearty farm girl that she is, doesn't mind one bit: