At home there are farmers who grow fields of pumpkins then strip graze the cows across the fields in the winter. In America they take the pumpkins and put them on their door steps! But not to worry. I rescue as many as I can and bring them home for the pigs and cows to eat.
I let Wai out for the afternoon – with all this rain I was sure the big machines would not be coming into our field anytime soon. On his way past he very sweetly put his head into the pumpkins as I chopped them up and cleaned the seeds out for me.
Sheila was grateful.
So was Tane. His back was not good yesterday. His bag legs not responding again. After all these months of walking well his mobility has suddenly taken a hit. It is not even cold yet.
Wai and a rooster toddled off into the field to have a munch. To make like a beaver and fell some trees. It was indeed too wet for a combine to surprise us.
Today I will reroute the electric fence and pull all the tomato cages out of the big vegetable garden, so Molly and her girls can get into the vegetable garden before everything is rotted. I am finished with it.
We got a lot of food out of here this summer. It was a good garden. Now it will keep a bunch of pigs going for a while.
I hope you have a lovely day.
PS. I have had a few of you, dear readers, send me some of the Amazon Things you buy most often on Amazon so you can begin your shopping through my portal gaining a few cents or dollars for the farmy. (See Menu above). Thank you! If anyone else has items you would like to add please leave me a note in the comments. I will find the link for you. We are also making a list of small fun and useful Amazon items for stocking fillers and Christmas presents. Any ideas are welcome. I like to try for American made (though this is hard), inexpensive (I have a huge family), useful (I am sick of junk) and good quality. So only recommend something you have tried out yourself and can stand behind.
When I begin my Christmas and birthday shopping my first point of call is Our Cottage Industries – our very own shopping mall – let’s try and support each other’s shops too, especially this holiday season.
WEATHER: Cloudy. I predict a dark winter. Many cloudy sunless days like this one. There is so much moisture in the air and in the soil. I cannot see a dry, sunny winter being possible. The chickens and I are already missing the sun.
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Partly cloudy. High around 50F/10C. Winds NE at 10 to 15 mph.
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Partly cloudy skies early will give way to cloudy skies late. Slight chance of a rain shower. Low around 40F/4C. Winds E at 10 to 15 mph.
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Waxing Gibbous, 99% visible 5:55 pm 6:28 am
That’s a good use for pumpkins – I bet most people put them in the trash. I hope Tane feels better tomorrow.
I don’t know how to help people dispose of their pumpkins into my pigs mouths!
Most people would be too far away – it’s the city people who don’t have pig food opportunities.
I really like the photo of the rooster in the corn. I have no idea why it appeals so, but it does.
I agree. I think there is something about the rich hues of the rooster against the dried corn stalks that is really appealing.
I like it too -I will make a postcard of it today i think..
That reminds me that I also need to keep an eye out for pumpkins for the farm animals! They are a real treat around here as well!!! 🙂
Do you have traffic past your gate? Maybe a sign? I have no traffic so that does not work for me
Miss C, what about your MIL’s house? She lives in town doesn’t she?
That looks like old Peghorn, the rooster? Pumpkin seeds, roughly chopped or pulsed in a food processor, and added raw to dogs food is a natural dewormer. Might work on the pigs too 🙂 Wish amazon shipped to SA. Laura
Yes! I might heave the seeds in with the dogs food today – good thinking
Thanks for the tip!
No sun—no moon!
No morn—no noon—
No sky—no earthly view—
No distance looking blue—
No warmth, no cheerfulness, no healthful ease,
No comfortable feel in any member—
No shade, no shine, no butterflies, no bees,
No fruits, no flowers, no leaves, no birds,
I’m sure Wai was cheered though by the pumpkin treat & the visit to the corn. I hope Tane improves again. What did you do for him before besides walking him?
JM Cheney — Love the poem…. and for all those reasons I recently moved to Florida!! ; o )
I must get out there and make pumpkin pie….Wai looks so happy!
Our county extension office works with the group that works with preventing Bear/human interactions collects pumpkins and then distributes them to farmers.
Maybe your extension office would be interested in doing that next year?
Poor Tane, its horrid when they take a step back in their health.
I have a new favourite pumpkin soup recipe… peeled pumpkin pieces, halved pears, tomatoes, garlic and onion drizzled with olive oil & seasoned all roasted together until barely caramelised then blended with chicken stock, topped when serving if desired with with crumbled blue cheese/stilton or finely diced/crumbled pork/veal sausage/meat 😍
Hi Ella – it’s Cecile from ‘My Yellow Farmhouse’. I’m gonna go check out that recipe immediately! (Hope all is well with you and yours!)
I’ve made so many different pumpkin soups over the years, declaring each the best!
wai is looking sooooo good! applause.
It tickles me to finally see WaiWai eating pumpkin. Im so glad he really likes it. It kills me I see so many pumpkins now going to waste sitting on front porches here. So sorry to hear that Tane is suddenly crippled again. I didn’t realize that the cause is the cold.
Lacking a pig, I’d be collecting them for myself… I always take advantage of the sale bin when they’re selling them off cheaply after Halloween, buy a few, roast and puree them for soups. The Husband gets soup every day, summer and winter, in a huge Thermos mug he can drink from while he’s driving the truck, and leftover pumpkin season is one of his favourites, as he loves curried pumpkin soup.
Fabulous photo of the rooster in the corn! I thought of you the day after Halloween. Someone dumped and left shattered about 12 pumpkins in the alley near our property. What a waste. Some of them were huge! Such ignorance.
We have had a lot of moisture and foggy mornings this autumn. I find myself aching in the joints a lot. I’m afraid too, that it might be a miserable dark winter even here in the south. Although, watching wildlife flourish and populate heavily over the summer months, maybe is a good sign. I’ve learned that in drought years, or when there is disease or something lacking in the environment, mammals pull back. I wonder if it is an instinctual survival practice?
Tane might do better in the south where our winters are not so harsh. I would take him in a heartbeat if we had a better setup for pigs. I think he’s such a handsome boy.
Poor Tane, I know these chilly, damp days leave me more achy and uncomfortable. I saw some video of tigers, lions, other big cats, bears and elephants with pumpkins, they all had a wonderful time eating and playing with them. Wai looks so much better and healing well.