The Fire is burning

We have lit the fire. But just for a few days. Last night and tonight are down below freezing. But then after the cold has killed off all my favourites (though the tomatoes are finished anyway and I picked the last of the aubergine and capsicums  yesterday – I knew tomatoes were part of the nightshade family but did you know that capsicums and aubergines are as well ? – we eat a lot of nightshades) – anyway after the frosts the temperatures pop back up into the comfortable range again just in time for Hugo’s family to visit from France (next week).

But the upside of the cooler weather is that we can light the fire. However, only for a few days as I am as nervous about firewood as I am about hay. I can never have enough. NEVER, EVER. So the fire is only lit when it is ACTUALLY cold – otherwise I encourage people to put on some bloody clothes. Clothe the body instead of heating an entire house. Walking around in a T shirt and bare feet complaining about the cold is just Bonkers!

We managed one more cut of hay from the home alfalfa field. We brought it in yesterday. It is beautiful hay too. Not a lot but better than a poke in the eye. This field will be tilled, sown in a cover crop and the year after next we will sow it in alfalfa again. It flooded so badly this summer that a good third of the field (maybe more) is weeds now.  It needs some recovery time.  Which means of course that we will be planting another two acres of alfalfa across the way. My life is a jigsaw puzzle. Or maybe it is “my life AS a jigsaw piece!” We are all a piece of a puzzle.

The sunsets are extraordinary lately though, or maybe it is that I see them more often what with the days shortening and the colors of evening descending so rapidly.  Lady Astor is floating in and out of the milking parlour very sweetly, Aunty Del and Queenie’s Bobby politely watching. The two calves Not so Difficult and Little cough quietly in their room and Naomi studies her grammar under the tree. cow and car and dog

I need to look back in the diary to count the days since Aunty’s last breeding, we need to be watching her behaviour 18 – 21 days from then. It will be fairly easy to see if she comes back into heat or not.Aunty Del

Speaking of evenings this evening we are having a family celebration so I will not be posting tomorrow. Unless something wonderful shows up that is!  And that does happen you know – wonderful.

Have a lovely day.

Your friend on the farm







67 Comments on “The Fire is burning

  1. Even if something woderful turns up, you have special dispesation to tell us about it on Monday! We’ve had no frost yet, but will light the fire this evening. And yes,I so agree about putting clothes on – I’m wearing vest, T-shirt and sweater (among other things!)
    Enjoy your special evening.
    ViV xox

  2. Potatoes are also nightshade family, the white English/Irish variety, not sweet potatoes.
    When I got cold in the winter, I would go and split logs (by hand, with a big heavy log splitter), just to confirm Thoreau: “Chop your own wood, and it will warm you twice”. Sadly there is no equivalent for hot weather…

  3. I’m seeing the temperature fall all over the country, but we’re still in the 10-17s here on the West Coast. Much to Robert’s annoyance because he wants to see if our insulation work has had a benefit! I also grow a lot of nightshade. Probably too much and will have to give my little garden plot a bit of a rest somehow. Maybe with some winter rye as a green manure, or clover or something, and plant something else next year. 😀 Hope you have a marvellous celebration and then tell all on Monday.

  4. It I cold here too. I geese have been flying over, headed south in big V shaped streams. The light has changed and so have the leaves, the Gatineau Hills are amazing. We are supposed to have snow flurries this weekend. I guess it is a little taste of things to come.

  5. Enjoy the party and we give you a pass on writing up a post for us. I love your fowl sunsets! 😉 We had wonderful colour in our sunsets last week but they are now more faded or hidden by foggy mists. Although we have had over night frost on a couple of occasions, I have held off lighting the fire. Soon I will be sporting more layers than an onion. ’tis the season of heavy socks for me, but they are well hidden inside my knee-high boots.

    • As winter in Sacramento, California used to edge in, my former husband always wanted to turn on the heat. I’d tell him to put on something warm because “A house is not a sweater”. Lots of love, Gayle

  6. It certainly is a patchwork life here as well, which fits nicely with Debbie being a quilter. The summer baking madness is over and we get to recover and catch up on everything else that needs doing. I bought a bulldozer this summer so get to start my experiment with terracing. We live on the Canadian shield so there isn’t all that much good soil, but it in the low areas there is some. I’m thinking I can use terracing to gain some growing areas. Building a new chicken coop that will serve as more dry storage as well. Using the reciprocal roofing technique and it works great. Finish the garden and plant the garlic and the never ending splitting of wood.

    • Baker Pete! There you are. I hope your season of sourdoughs went well. Terracing is an excellent idea and a bulldozer!! THAT will be an amazing assett. My grandfather had a ‘dozer on his farm. He used to take us kids for rides in the bucket – can you imagine! c

  7. Gosh, I know what you mean about Never, Ever having enough wood Celi! We heat mainly by wood all winter long, thus, I find myself lusting after other people’s tall, long, neatly stacked woodpiles, always wishing we had more. What a thing to lust after, eh??? 🙂 But I sure do like to be warm!!!

  8. we use only wood and when you get 10cubic m delivered it looks huge but as the months slip past the pile quickly decreases. We only have the fire in the evenings as it seems daft to warm empty house, but its lovely to be warm and snug when it is cold outside

  9. Oh do enjoy your family celebration! When I first started living in Spain I couldn’t get over how bl**dy cold it got 😦 Then I twigged that I don’t need to warm the whole house if I’m in the sitting room or kitchen, I started putting more clothes on and invested in a top notch electric blanket so that I could slip into a warm bed at night and just let my snout peek out into the cold night air!

  10. I had the fire on at Casa Debbio the other night for the first time…and last. I go back to Australian spring and summer in a few days.

  11. Celi ~ we enjoyed the beautiful sunset last evening too! It was 31 this morning ~ I covered all my tomatoes and red and yellow sweet peppers last nite – way too many on the plants ~ the peppers are huge!! and I covered a lot of my flowers ~ not ready to give them up yet!!! Have a nice Family gathering!!

    • Thank you – yes like I say most of the alfalfa was drowned.. and I never allow the cows to eat freely of alfalfa – they are fed their portion of hay twice a day, but this cut is on the pigs pile . It is great pig food in the winter. Sheila LOVES it! c

  12. “Naomi studies her grammar under the tree” made me laugh. I like pink skies! And I like your making plans for the fields, too. So good that everything works like it should.
    Birthday, marriage, wedding anniversary – what ever celebration it is I wish you a lovley get-together and a beautiful Sunday!

  13. The birds against the sunset are beautiful. It all looks very peaceful. Very sweet. We are all jigsaw puzzles, as are our lives. I feel that often. Love from over here.

  14. That’s a great post.

    As ‘The fire is burning’, your intrinsic positivity is seeping out from each word of your post.

    I suppose it is all about ‘being in the moment’ and not allowing yesterday’s regrets and tomorrow’s concerns to come crowding in…….. Would you agree?


  15. Oh, how I miss the first fire of the season in a cooler climate…I may only get three or four fires a year here in Texas, and I savor each and every one.

  16. I woke at 2AM and it was 19F. Guess it’s time to clear the area around the woodstove. But I sure hope it warms up again – so much to do before winter!

  17. I am so far behind reading posts!! I’ve been sick with upper respiratory infection, and we have been traveling to visit various family a large part of the last month… one of those trips was up north to Nebraska. I quite agree with you about the exceptional sunsets in the north/central Midwest this time of year. While I was visiting family, I so loved the evening sunsets – often with the vision of a combine churning up dust silhouetted in a spectacular orange-hued sunset. Your images are so beautiful! And oh how I wish we had a stove in the house. I still get the wonderful warmth and crackle of fires as I work in the woods during the winter months. I love running a small burn pile and sometimes of an evening on the weekend we sit around it until late in the night talking. 🙂

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