With all the colorful leaves fallen off the trees, and everything due to soon be blanketed in white, I went around the farm to look for what little bit of color might be left somewhere. I’m happy to say I found some!
The red berries on our Burning Bush look beautiful against the blue sky!
Our chickens come in all different colors.
The orange pumpkins and our yellow door provide some brightness for sure! The pumpkins are gone now, ready to be cooked this weekend. Thank goodness for our doors that provide those bright splashes of color year round!
Apples cover the ground under the trees. This year was the first year of the three we’ve been here that we got apples that were big enough to eat. There was obviously no shortage of them this year either!
I can’t wait tell you a little more about what we did with some of them next week. The deer enjoy them – which reminds me of a (kind of) funny farm story. The only thing left in our vegetable garden in late autumn was my small patch of kale and just a few small cabbages. Both were growing and thriving in the cooler weather they prefer. I knew the deer were nibbling on the kale a little bit, but I didn’t worry too much since we had plenty. We don’t use a ton of it, but I do use it in Luke’s food that I make, and in our Happy Harvest Dog Cookies which you can find in our online shop. One morning recently when walking Luke we were headed by the garden and when I went to look at our kale crop (I was going to be making Luke’s food that day, and cookies as well), I didn’t see it! Luke and I walked down to the garden and there was nothing left of either my kale or cabbage but nubs in the ground. The deer had eaten it right down to nothing!! No cabbage or kale for Luke’s food, and I had to go on the hunt locally for organic kale so I could make more dog cookies (I had to put them temporarily out of stock!). I guess next year I’ll have to remember to fence that off in the fall. The whole garden is fenced but we open it once most things are gone by, since our birds like to go in there. It just never occurred to me that the deer would eat it all!
Last but of course not least, since some mornings have been hovering around freezing or just above, it was time to get Luke’s fleece jacket out! That will be a bright spot all winter long. 🙂
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Tails Around the Ranch says
So envy the color you have-it’s all various shades of beige or brown here.
Even snow is prettier than that, even though white isn’t really a color! 🙂
Caren GITTLEMAN says
well the deer want a healthy diet too! BOL! I am in LOVE with your door, just love it! And of course Luke!
Thank you! I have to tell you it was a tough decision, choosing the color when it was time to paint the door. The old door that was there was red, which I liked, but we wanted something different. I’ve never regretted my choice! I even painted the side door on the garage the same color! 🙂
Yes, the deer do get quite a healthy diet around here. Hubby says they appreciate that it’s all organic. LOL
Melissa Clinton says
Wow! I can’t believe how many apples you have!! If I was a deer, I’d hang out at your farm all year.
They hang out here so much, they don’t even mind that much when Luke barks at them!! 🙂
Things are quickly turning full brown here, except for a few grass hold-outs and the few fall leaves that haven’t fallen. We had quite a windstorm a couple of weeks ago that sent most our leaves to Kansas and Oklahoma! I like that you are willing to share your bounty with the wildlife in your area. Even if they took more than you intended, you still don’t mind sharing the apples and some of the veg. That feels like gratitude to nature for all that she gives you, doesn’t it?
It does feel like that! Since we have to be so careful about letting some wildlife around (foxes, bears, hawks) because of the chickens, it’s nice to be able to just enjoy the deer without worrying about them. I’m happy to provide food if it keeps them coming around too. ♥
Ellen Pilch says
Beautiful fall photos. The deer got my Brussel’s sprouts, but they need them more than me 🙂
Oh, I need to try Brussel’s sprouts next year! Not for the deer though – for Luke. LOL
Foley Monster, Pocket, and River Song says
You look very sharp in your jacket.
Thank you so much!!
Brian Frum says
Those colors are all wonderful and Luke, you look wonderful and quite spiffy. The deer sure appreciate the kale krop!
I guess they are honorary farm pets now. 🙂
LLB in Our Backyard says
What pretty late autumn color you and Luke found!
I’m sure the deer enjoyed the greens LOL!
They probably should have made it last longer though. Now all they have left is the apples. LOL
The Island Cats says
We love the colors of fall. Thanks for sharing yours….
It’s going to be a long, dreary winter! 🙂
Nature is most amazing isn’t it. Yes it is. There is my Luke too. He’s the most handsome man pup.
Have a woof woof day and weekend, Luke. My best to your peeps. ♥
Yes, it certainly is. Luke and I love to get out and enjoy it. ♥
Susan from Bucks County Pennsylvania says
The deer certainly know what tastes good – I have a high fence around my veggie garden. Wish they would eat the weeds!!!
Luke – you look great in your jacket!
Luke thanks you!
Yes, wouldn’t it be wonderful if they’d eat the weeds!! Even our birds won’t do that for us. LOL
JoAnn Stancer says
Deer can clean up a area in no time. It’s cold here too, I hate it.
They are quite thorough when they set their mind to it!! We have been SO cold the last couple of days. Yesterday was just in the 20’s and today barely got up to freezing!! Too much too soon!
yes, I thought the same about your door… it is a super color… ILOVE IT!!!
Our leaves all fell, and then days later they were no longer vibrant colors, but our couple inches of snow brightened things up. Enjoy the rest of your fall!
We got a little bit of snow, but it didn’t even really cover the ground. I think more is coming soon though. It’s too cold here now, it feels like winter, not fall!
My father’s lost WHOLE BUSHES to deer. I love seeing all the chickens together to compare and contrast the different breeds.
Oh yes, deer are very thorough when they set their minds to it!
It’s fun to watch the chickens and the different breeds and how they interact. I also love trying to figure out who is laying what color egg. That’s a fun game!! LOL
Molly the AireGirl says
Beautiful shots and you look beautiful in your colorful jacket, Luke! Now you have mom wanting to make homemade applesauce.
That’s almost what happened with our apples, but Mom was too lazy. But she at least put them to good use!