Changing of the seasons happening here in Southern Vermont.  Beautiful blue skies with high clouds.  Green giving way to gold in the foothills, green giving way to crimson and orange higher up.  Cooler temps in the evening and morning.  Wild flowers calling “Olly, olly oxen! Free! Free! Free!” from the roadsides.

We moved the flocks from their summer grazing pastures to a new field where they are once again together.  The separation of mums from lambies had been long enough that the mums’ milk supply had dried up and they’ve been able to nourish their bods for the late fall breeding season; the lambies have figured out how to be teenagers, independent of their mums.

New thing:  goats are integrated into the flock and it’s one big happy family.  Sort of.  I’m trying to cope with the moving-the-flock sillies we’re having to go through each day, now that they have to learn a new routine.  I shall post video sometime because it is that entertaining.

Fall pasture

This was the first day that I allowed myself to breathe.  I didn’t realize it until about noon.  After moving 2 kiddoes off to school, reorganizing our days to include the institutional calendar, moving flocks, putting the holiday weekend and a billion pies behind me for a day or so, I actually spent a little time considering options.

So, I moved the furniture.  Totally rearranged our living space.  And it’s just exactly what I needed.

We’ll now be dining in the family room, and lounging in the kitchen.  I decided that everyone likes to hang out in the kitchen anyway, therefore that is now where the couch and soft reading chair are living.  It has that groovy coffee-shop feel to it, in a countrified, cozy kitchen sort of way.

My coffee klatch

And it’s a whole lot less lonely.  The dogs and cats LOVE the new set-up.  So while I’m rolling crusts throughout autumn, I’ve got good company nearby.

7 responses to “Moving

  1. Beautiful dogs. Beautiful pasture. And lots of happy, healthy looking, goats and sheep. Yes – I can relate to your description of the nearly-empty-nest. Our kids have truly fledged and we have adapted our surrounds as you have described. It is nice, isn’t it? We too spend much (if not all) our time in the kitchen (that’s where the heat is come winter). When folks visit that’s where they gravitate! Sounds like you’re easing into fall – as it should be. Enjoy and relax. D

    • Thank you, D, for the drop by. Trying to enjoy the healthy, happy flock and tick-free dogs while we’ve got ’em! I appreciate the kind words re:empty-nesting. I’m not entirely there, but being one that likes a hub-bub around her, it’s empty enough. My middle daughter is just thankful I haven’t brought in any new livestock since she left…! My kids have got my number!
      Be well,

  2. I so enjoyed a visit to your fall world. Your description of moving the sheep reminds me of my few times of being able to join in with moving cattle with my mare. Did you use horses in moving the sheep? Love your idea of the furniture arrangement!

    • Hi Curtiss Ann! No horses involved, though a sheepdog sure would help. It’s best if we have 3 people to move them – one for the gate, one to lead them, one to drive behind to catch up the lambs that don’t quite get it yet. But exciting things happen when it’s just me. Makes my life so interesting. Or should I say, ‘more’ interesting!
      The furniture move makes me feel as though I’d cleaned and painted. Amazing healing properties of changing things up a bit.
      Have a wonderful Thursday and thanks for the stop-by.

  3. I love the chance to enjoy the sights and sounds of someone else’s life, especially in Vermont. In Memphis, school started in the beginning of August in 100+ weather and not a lamb or sheep in sight. I’m glad you visited my blog because I found yours.

    • Thank you, and you put things in perspective when you share your high temps in Memphis! We’ve been having nights in the 50s, 60s, days in the 70s, 80s these past couple of weeks. It supports the mind-shift to the new season when it cools off like this – I would certainly have a more difficult time facing the change if it were still broiling degrees! I’m glad you can “visit” Vermont through the seasons with my blog and welcome to the farm! Thanks for the note and the stop-by!

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