Life On and Off an Acreage

In-sights into moving from an Acreage back to Town, plus a few things I find of interest.

Two things that horses are scared about:

1. Things that move
2. Things that don't move

October 4, 2012

Hibernation Time!

So far this fall we have gotten off lightly. There have only been 2 minor frosts, until today, that is.It was a little different looking out this morning. Brooklyn was leaving tracks on the deck. You might say she is still a tenderfoot,. She wanted back in pretty quick.
 The frost hit our Mayberry tree hard. It looked "normal" yesterday.
 The raspberry canes also got hit. Somewhere under that mass of weeds are 100 onions. They are all good sized, red and white, and are still OK. Guess what I'm doing this afternoon?
 The lower field is pretty white. Boots is not bothered at all by the cold, although he did ask to come in last night for about an hour.
 Scarlet our loaner, on a diet, horse seems to be OK. I did not go across the road to check on our 3, but with the coats they have grown so far, they probably did not even notice it was cold this morning.
 How cold? -5C (21F) enough to put a crust on the horse trough. I guess it's time to start hooking up the tank heater and putting the insulation back on the tank. The ice is only about 1/4 inch thick and Scarlet will have no trouble breaking through that.
 The row and a half of potatoes are all dried and tucked away in the pantry. The yield was good this year with 10 pounds of seed potatoes yielding about 140 pounds of spuds.


TexWisGirl said...

brrr. we're still hitting 80s here but will drop to 60s by weekend. :)

Bernadine said...

Nice crop of potatoes. A rabbit ate every one of my butternut squash plants. Ugh! Frost is still a good month away from us. Happy harvesting today.

Alica said...

It's hard to believe that it's time for cold weather again...although it hits you a lot sooner than it hits us! Question for do you store your potatoes? Mine always start growing sprouts way sooner than I think they should!

joyce said...

I love cracking thin ice on puddles and such in the fall, just like a little kid!

Tombstone Livestock said...

Glad someone is seeing normal cycles of the seasons, it has been 100 plus degrees for last 3 days in California, waiting for those 80's the weatherman keeps promising.

Peggy said...

Still warm weather here though hopefully Sunday we are suppose to get down to 45F. We shall see. I am so ready for some good old cold,windy,wet winter days.

S. Etole said...

Wonderful crop of potatoes. We by-passed frost and went straight to snow.

peihome said...

-5 already? It's stayed very warm here, too warm in the sense that the mosquitoes are still a pain! It won't last forever, though.
Nice spuds.
Glad to see I'm not the only one who has weeds covering their crops!

Lana said...

Yikes! It's hard to see winter hitting you so hard already! I am in Texas and we still had 80 degree day today. Tomorrow is supposed to be about 20 degrees cooler. But, we rarely see anything ice-over in Southern part of Texas. I think I'd be feeling panic at knowing I'd better have wood, emergency supplies and the ability to survive a snow-in.

But, it sure is beautiful.


Linda said...

Lovely photos, Ian...those potatoes look awesome! It is starting to get chilly in Montreal as of today, before that it was pretty mild.