As the days draw in, the drop in temperature and leaves start to change to their vibrant autumnal tones my thoughts turn to the game season and the joy in watching brightly coloured pheasant cocks strutting their stuff along the lanes around our farm.
Early morning milking is heralded by the cacophony of the pheasants coming out of roost, ready to explore for the day and congregate around the freshy filled feeders.
Around the farm we have finished our harvest and always look forward to our chapel harvest festival and supper, although not sure how it’s going to work this year!
We have just brought home our in-calf heifers/cows from our off land so will commence ‘Autumn’ calving in about 6 weeks and should, in theory, take 3 weeks to calve them in (only 30)
Our hedgerows are now looking totally unruly but the colours are fantastic and so before the hedge-trimmer goes in a blackberry picking we will go!
Jams, Jellys, butters and liquers all to be made ready for the winter months as a reminder of the late summer.
The veg patch is now starting to look depleted and the polytunnel weed laden but waiting for winter salads to be planted. On the plus side the rich colours of the Daliahs and Chrysanths are shining through.