Happy Fall Y'all!


 Well, it's fall on the farm and the chores have changed with the season and the lesser day light has us rising earlier and going to "roost" earlier too. In the early mornings before the sun has come up over the ridge and the air is still crisp and frosty, I go out to gather kindling from the woodshed, the smell of hickory wood smoke and the sounds of farm around me- wild turkeys gobbling in the woods and the horses neighing at me from the barn and pastures- I love this time of the morning.


Mama has kept busy these past months drawing and re-drawing the Homestead Blessings Coloring Book. Every page is hand sketched and is a work of homesteading art- each drawing reflecting our life on the homestead and many drawings are memories and have stories behind them. We are very excited about it being finished and available now, just in time for the holiday gift giving season.


You did a beautiful job, Mom!






Earlier this fall we spent some time on the back roads up on the ridge tops gathering wild muskadine and fox grapes.


We made quite a few jars of jelly from these gatherings.




Almost every day we make at least one or two handwoven homestead potholders.



These potholders sure are handy around the kitchen. We love using them!



The other day we went out to gather the purple cone flower to make our tonics and such...


We ended up capturing some gorgeous pictures of bees on the purple cone...







The newest member of the farm...




A beautiful 17month old registered Quarter Horse gelding...



who is a beautiful red dun and a sweet little guy


Hannah and I look forward to training him this winter


His name is Pistol.


Our neighbors beautiful cows



What a pretty Jersey girl!



Here's a parting shot from the homestead, the peaceful creek meandering along, the tire swing hanging on the sugar maple, brilliant autumn colors... simple homestead blessings!

8 comments:

Anonymous said...

Your family is beautiful and amazing! You inspire and encourage me so much and are always giving our family new ideas!! I have three daughters as well and I am teaching them as much as I can as I learn on our little homestead. Could you please share with us what tonics you make with your cone flowers? We have been growing them for the last few years because I read that they can be use for medicinal purposes but I don't have any recipes for them.

Thank you and may God continue to bless you as you bless others!!

Anonymous said...

Please adopt me. I love your blog and wish I could be where you are now. All the best from your friend in Sydney, Australia.

Anonymous said...

Thoses pot holders looks so pretty! Do think you might do a tutorial on them? I want to make some! :)

Simply Shelley said...

Autumn looks beautiful around your place. Love the pot holders and that coloring book...so unique and wonderful...blessings to all of you.

Maya O'Connell said...

Love your blog, DVDs and music. A true blessing.

Anonymous said...

Thanks for sharing all your autumn pictures, your homestead is so beautiful! Whenever I read your blog, I always feel encouraged to enjoy the simple joys of my own family and home. May the Lord bless you and keep you this holiday season!

Elese said...

Thanks so much for sharing! I especially love the picture of that beautiful creek with the tire swing in the background, and the closeup of the bees! I just loved each and every one of these gorgeous fall pictures--God's creation is so beautiful there on your homestead. I hope you all have a blessed Christmas season.

Anonymous said...

I am enjoying your blog very much. I love the idea of making my own potholders. Would you share the brand and/or where we can purchase the loom? Thank you!