Fall at Cobble Hill Farm
Jackson is his...er...J's new chair

Jack and Mr. Fish

Oliver and Emerson take over the new couch

our homemade soap!

loofah plant - Tangleroot Farm

cucamelon plants - Tangleroot Farm

pumpkins and squash - Tangleroot Farm

Tangleroot Farm

Well, Fall is here.  I'm happy about that, don't get me wrong, but it just means that time is passing quickly.  I can't believe Halloween is just around the corner.  And then Thanksgiving, and then Christmas!  It all comes and goes so quickly.

We went to the fall festival held by our CSA Farmers, Susan & Adam of Tangleroot Farm, on Saturday.  The rain held off to make for a wonderful time.  Their farm is such a beautiful setting with fall colors all around.  The trees are beautiful this year in particular because of the mild weather and lack of rain or wind to knock the leaves off too early.  Our property has been flooded with leaves, as usual.  Every couple of days J has to take the leaf vac around and suck them all up.  Two days later it looks like he never picked any up.

In other news, Jackson has declared J's new chair as his own.  He moved his stuffed fish in and that's where they sit.  Together.  The fish toy, incidentally, is a dog toy but of course a cat-dog doesn't play with cat toys!  No, a proper cat-dog plays with dog toys {except the fake mouse that looks real and squeaks - he does have a fondness for that}.  He packs his fish, which is almost the size of him, all around the house, whining as he walks.  I'm not sure what the whine is for.  Jack does allow his father to use the chair in the evenings.  That's when his stuffed fish toy takes a break and is napping and Jack takes himself upstairs to our bed.  What a guy!

We are still collecting green beans, beets, potatoes, celery, herbs, tomatoes, peppers, salad greens and kale from the garden.  Because of the unusually mild weather, it looks like they will survive at least another week.  My summer hanging flower baskets on the front porch are still full of colorful blooms too.  It's so strange!  Summer baskets hanging above fall pumpkins....

The coop girls are doing very well.  Only 2, so far, are noticeably molting.  Poor Betty has lost her tail feathers and most of the feathers on her head.  Lori has decided she would prefer to hang out with the people rather than the chickens.  She flies after us, hoping to come with us when we leave the coop area.  We've also found out she's quite the drama queen {fits in well with the rest of the group} - running around and screaming at the top of her little lungs if we force her to be with the other chickens.  I think she's trying to convince us the other coop girls are being mean to her, but they could care less about her.  Until she starts screaming.  Hattie usually is the one to put an end to that with a peck or two.  Chickens are definitely not boring.

It's a rainy day today and I decided to take the day off.  We haven't actually taken a day off in weeks.  Of course my day off still consists of laundry, dishes, cooking, and caring for the animals but that's about the extent of what I'm doing today.  I made chicken and rice soup for lunch and I had no-knead bread dough in the refrigerator so I baked that up to go with the soup.  If you don't make no-knead bread then I have to wonder what you're waiting for?  It's so easy - mix it up, leave it sit at room temp to rise, then either bake it or bake some and refrigerate the rest for up to a week.  You don't have to know how to make bread!!  It's really that simple.  I usually make the dough on a Sunday night, throw it in the refrigerator, and use parts of it throughout the week to make fresh bread.  Here's the recipe with a great tutorial for those who don't believe it's really that simple.  :-)

Hoping you all had a wonderful weekend!!  Happy Sunday!


Leslie Kimel said...

I enjoyed this post so much! I always love your animal stories--and Jack and Mr. Fish are just too cute. Oh, and the picture of Oliver and Emerson cuddling together under the blankets is pretty much the sweetest thing I've ever seen.

born imaginative. said...

That harvest! And the beautiful soaps! Your house just looks so cozy.

Mary Ann said...

Your house looks so homey sitting int he middle of the splendor of the leaves! I wish I had some of those leaves to feed my goats, the leaves here have not started dropping in earnest yet.

Loved the pictures from the CSA farm, and the dogs and cat look so comfortable!

Our Neck of the Woods said...

Oliver and Emerson are so darn cute! I just love that photo of them together. Animals cuddling is the cutest thing ever.

The soap is looking great! All the different colors are really pretty!

daisy g said...

I'll be trying that bread recipe this week! Thanks!

That farm is absolutely stunning!

"Alone again.... naturally!" said...

Fall is looking lovely your way and as usual Jack's antics crack me up!
The bread as easy as it sounds would unfortunately have to be a whole grain and no corm meal (I have dietary restrictions). I would love to try one with whole grains though!

Unknown said...

What a great pumpkin harvest!!!

Anonymous said...

I love reading stories about your animals! Out cat Alki has a favorite toy too...they are so funny! Your soap looks amazing! Happy fall :)

luckybunny said...

Awesome pictures as usual! I love the dogs on the new couch, they seem to like it very much! :)