Fall in the Sandhills


October 25, 2008

It was a glorious fall day here today – trees and meadow grasses yellow and rust-colored against the clear blue sky, with gentle breezes and the temperature around 65o. Several small formations of high-flying Sandhill Cranes were heading south overhead, a sure sign of the approaching cold front forecast for tomorrow evening. On this morning’s two mile walk down our gravel road, we were accompanied by our three cattle dogs and seven of the barn cats.

The Hay Is Made

A short while ago, we finished digging the potatoes, collecting the remaining dry beans, and removing the homemade tomato cages from the garden. Aside from the impending freeze, we needed to finish up in the garden so we could turn the bulls into the area. One pesky fence-jumping bull had already ventured into the garden, giving the kohlrabi haircuts, and chomping small heads of cabbage in half as he grazed through. It was, however, amusing to note the evidence of the effects of these cruciferous vegetables on his digestive system.

Guilty Bull

Our cattle seem to know when it’s time to come home from the large pasture 15 miles to the west. One sign is that they become increasingly difficult to keep fenced in. Since rain has been unusually plentiful this year, the pastures are uncharacteristically green and luxuriant, so we are in no hurry to bring them home. Normally by October, the pastures are nearly brown and can no longer support the herd, and it’s necessary for the cattle to be at home where they can graze the ‘after-grass’ on the meadows – the newly green grass that grows after hay is harvested.

Cindy Murphy
11/5/2008 6:06:27 AM

Hi Jennifer, and welcome to the Grit community. As a parent of a just-turned-teenager in orchestra and with an over-flowing social calendar that requires her parents to drive her hither and fro, I can relate to your description of what is part of your husband's and your social life; much of ours revolves around our children's too. And I love the photo of the dog in the road; it presents the possibility for an interesting story. It makes one wonder if he's watching someone leave, or excitedly waiting in anticipation for someone to return. Take care, and enjoy your day.

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