Wednesday, 5 October 2011

October.... oh how I love thee!

This has to be one of my favourite months... the orange pumpkins and darkening evenings ... leaves turning to warm shades of golden red.... stunning....



Archie is growing into a stunning lad... can't believe how much he's changed in 19 weeks...


He's turning out to be quite the the crower... as I don't let them out till 7:30am he doesn't usually crow till about quarter to eight... so hopefully the neighbours won't get too agitated... however I wouldn't bet my life on it... I'm resigning myself to the fact that he's probably going to have to go... but I don't think I could wring his neck... he's so beautiful and not aggressive (at the moment!) towards me or Daniel... Les and Jamie very rarely visit the that part of the garden...


I regret never getting around ot planting my pumpkin seeds... I would love some growing in my garden now... however I do have plenty of bright orange nasturtiums to cheer myself up... plus some ripening strawberries... Ive seen crocuses shooting and heard about magnolia trees flowering... the seasons seem to be getting a little confused...


this is one of the 19 week old chicks... their not laying yet... not really expecting them too this year... Black rocks don't usually lay till 24 ish weeks... and thats getting pretty close to cooling down and stopping laying time... however the white sussex laid eggs right through last years snowy cold winter.... so we'll just wait and see... I've got no name for her yet...


I've cleared up the garden... trimmed back the unruly hedge... it could do with a buzz over with the hedge trimmer ... I mowed the lawn and the chickens were not phased at all... the compost heap is fit to bust... fruit trees have been tidied up... they sustained some damage this year with too heavy a crop and the windy weather during the summer holidays... I'm still learning how to care for fruit trees and how to use their fruits...


the school harvest festival was really good this year... lots of donations which the year 6 children take around the the bungalows and they sing some harvest songs to the older villagers in the day centre...


I still have a few apples to harvest... I really want to get some pie filling ready to freeze down... but as with most things I am really struggling to find the energy... and the umpf to get me started... I just cant jump start my enthusiasm... its all inside me but I feel like I'm ticking over ... going through the motions to get through each day... I could sit in the garden and just "be" all day if the nagging thought of all the other things I should be doing didn't rattle my brain...


The sky this morning was wonderful... a promise of warmth with the underlying threat of rain... thats exactly as my iphone took it ... looking from my back door... I am not keen on digitally enhancing pictures... I prefer the sheer joy of actually being in the right place at the right time and snapping that lucky shot...

I welly walked with the reception class this morning from 9 till 10... then whipped home got jamie started on English and took in a delivery from Tesco's and packed it away... then I had a bite to eat... kept jamie focused on her English and then as the sun came out took the chance to fill the chickens water feeders and cleaned out the coop...


I just managed to get it all done before 3pm then I shot off to school to pick up Daniel... put the coop back together, Daniel helped me by adding the bedding to the nesting area... and then it was indoors to wash up a few dishes and cook tea..

Looking back on today I suppose it was quite busy... I hadn't realised... however because its stuff that you know needs to be done its almost like it doesn't register as being stuff you actually want to do... does that make sense? probably not! lol

I think I shall pop off now, Les has returned from playing squash followed by a drink at the pub with his mate... we have major decisions to make about his current works contract... he's been told that he'll "probably" be let go at Christmas... the other 11 contractors will be gone by then... so we have to decide if we take a gamble and see if they find the funds to extend his contract in January or do we look for another job that will require commuting of about an hour of so or even him staying away all week... its tough times for everyone at the moment... but I am not a gambler... I feel we should make plans and be proactive about the situation rather than reactive when it actually happens...

its tricky though...

well ... night night..
may tomorrow morning bring you joy and love and take care

xx

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7 comments:

Manasi said...

That is a handsome rooster!

bears footprints said...

thankyou i really enjoyed reading your blog tonight, your young hen and cockeral have grown up to be very good looking x ps when can you start to tell if a chick is a he rather then a she, mine is 6 weeks old should i be able to tell yet? x helen x

Menopausalmusing said...

Archie sounds like a good boy. Lovely to see so much home grown produce at the school Harvest Festival Alex............... Thinking of you re your man's employment.... worrying times.

bears footprints said...

thankyou for your advice, i guess it is just a waiting game, i have now introduced flo back with mum and another girl and fingers crossed things will continue to go well. Her head is healing really well too, hopefully she /he wont be too bald x helen x

Anonymous said...

Wow the Chickens look fabulous they are a pretty bunch. sounds like your very busy in body and mind there is is always so much racing around in one's head that you would like to get done and then there is the every day stuff that keeps you busy.
Hope everything turns out for Les. Mike has just gone through four interview's he'll know on Friday if he has managed to keep his job. All the top people are having to re apply for their own jobs. Fingers crossed for Les and you hope something comes about. x

Itch2stitch.com said...

Hello! Just really enjoying catching up with your blog! Suzie xxx

Maggie said...

Hello Alex, long time no chat!
Love the chickens. Hope all goes well on the work front for your other half. Mine was made redundant last year, and at 60 and with his specific qualifications, hasn't been able to find work. So, he is now officially retired early, though still looking in the paper each week for that elusive job, which is 'something a bit different'. Financially it's tight, but amazing how you can manage on a third of your usual income, if you have to!
Take care...x