Cobble Hill Farm coop girls

fall pumpkins

a new friend


chicken Lori


chicken Big Allie

guinea feather

more homemade soap!

handsome Jack

the cute brothers - Oliver & Emerson

A chicken's work is never done - Hattie & Renee

I realize that every "weekend" post I've written since September I've noted I love fall.  Well, I love fall.  :) 

It's finally feeling fall-ish around these parts but, interestingly enough, the daytime temps are still in the upper 60's.  No complaints from me - it keeps the garden going.

Although the mornings are a bit brisk, we aren't wearing jeans and sweaters and scarves yet.  I have, however, changed the sheets to flannel sheets {LOVE flannel sheets} and the comforter to the thicker, winter version.

I tend to only burn candles during the colder months.  Do any of you burn candles in the summer?  So, the candles, most of which have been made by me, have found their way out of the wooden crate I store them in, and are now filling the house with spicy fall scents.  The wooden crate was my mother-in-laws, a vintage produce crate, and I love it.  It's tucked into the bookcase lovingly made by my husband.  Don't you love when every layer has family connection and memories?

Our house was filled with amazing aroma this weekend, not just from candles but also from the cooking of delicious, fall dinners.  My crockpot was put to good use all weekend.  I realized, as we ate unbelievably delicious crockpot-cooked beef short ribs in a mustard-Guinness sauce, that I don't use this handy cooker nearly as often as I should.  This, I declared, will be the year of the crockpot.  I am bound and determined to find a hefty list of really good recipes I can utilize year after year.

Even with all the good eating we did all weekend, we managed to get quite a bit done around the house.  Saturday was filled with garden clean-up which the coop girls happily helped with.  Because of the mild temps we are continuing to gratefully harvest green beans, lettuce, herbs, radish, beets, peppers, kohlrabi, and potatoes.  Sadly, the tomatoes have come to an end although they had a great run this year.  I collected some treasured green tomatoes, some of which I'll fry, and others we'll wait patiently as they ripen.  I'm waiting until after the first frost to harvest the Brussels sprouts.  Oddly, we haven't had a first frost yet.

Speaking of the coop girls, adopted chicken Lori is getting ready to lay eggs again!  She's been hanging out in the nesting boxes, nervously pacing around while Lizzie growls at her.  Lizzie is still broody, so she's not exactly in the welcoming mood.  Hopefully by next week we'll be receiving a daily large blue or green egg!

Sunday was filled with soap making, and filling orders.  I've come to determine that although I thought we were crazy at first, starting the business so suddenly rather than waiting until the soap was ready, it was started at the right time.  Who would have thought politicians would step in the way of our income?  Unfortunately, we are affected by the ongoing furlough along with so many others since a good portion of our income is from Jay's military pension.   We are grateful and amazed at the orders we've received.  Our sugar & salt scrubs have sold out before they've even made it to our Etsy store and the lotion bars came close. 

Speaking of the handcrafted products, Friday night I hear Jay yell from the bathroom as he was taking a shower "hey, come and smell this!"  Huh????  I had to laugh as I entered the bathroom.  He had the Pumpkin Pie Spice soap all lathered up and the entire bathroom held the fall-ish aroma.  He peaked his head around the curtain and said "it smells great!" with a big smile on his face.  We'd never made the Pumpkin Pie Spice scent before so I had asked him to test it out.  Obviously it received two thumbs up!

Hoping you all had a wonderful weekend!!


Trish said...

I burn candles all year, but mostly in the fall and winter. It's silly, but the small candle flame makes me feel warmer and the whole house seems cozier!

Our Neck of the Woods said...

I need to get my flannel sheets on the bed again! It's pretty chilly ay night now so I could use the extra warmth. Love the guinea feather photo!

Anonymous said...

I love the soap story...and Lori is such a little cutie! What kind of hen is she?

Staci at Life At Cobble Hill Farm said...

Trish - that's exactly how I feel. I need to break my habit though because there's a lot of awesome summer scents out there.

Tammy - yes, flannel sheets are a must right now!

Lauren - thanks. Lori is an Ameraucana chicken.

daisy g said...

Your chickens are so adorable!
I look forward to needing flannel sheets. It must be so cozy to sleep in them, but then, I may not want to get out of bed in the morning! Yikes!

So happy for you with the success of your soap business! ;0D

daisy g said...

Oh, and, I agree with you. Fall is the bestest season!

born imaginative. said...

I love fall too. And flannel. I just picked my peppers and have pumpkins similar to yours. Sugar pumpkins? We have a barred rock with a floppy comb too. :)

Mary said...

So glad to hear the business is taking off. What am I waiting for? I really need to get in gear. We were in Chincoteague, Virginia all of last week, where we couldn't access the National Seashore, and shop owners were worried because their business was already falling off. Normally they keep humming along until Thanksgiving. First thing I did when we got home yesterday, was pull out my crockpot and make black bean soup. Fall is the best!!

W-S Wanderings said...

Beautiful photos! Your soap looks wonderful and you gotta love the great timing of your shop opening. And I love flannel sheets too :-)