Fall is upon us. We are feeling we are running out of time and that we haven't accomplished much this summer season.
Looking at pictures tho, we have done big projects. The thing is, there are many big projects that must be done around here!
Biggest visual project was the demolition of the inground pool.
The pool was surrounded by wood decking. Rotten of course. I managed to convince the young ones to burn this wood - filled with nails and screws - in the bottom of the pool instead of somewhere random on the property. The metal is now buried deep and out of the way of hooves and feet.
While we were burning, we decided to take off the rotten deck that was right next to the pool. It came down in one piece, it was too rotten to try to take it apart from on top of it. The blue things were the sides of the pool. Those are buried in the hole, too.
Here is a view from the upper floor while we were in the process. There was a retaining wall around the pool deck.
And here is the finished - for now - product. Six trees also came out while we were moving dirt. Unbelievably, we didn't need to haul any dirt in. Plan is next spring to bring in some of the composted manure from the cattle yards to spread and fill any spaces that might settle. The ground is very gravelly and got packed very well from the tractor and loader while it was getting filled in. The view is from the area right outside my 'loom room' which I am currently trying to put some order to. Yesterday we hauled out a large entertainment center, giving me quite a bit of added space to house totes full of processed weaving fabrics. There is also a large old piano that we are trying to rehome. That must come out before snow fall!
My mares came home from breeding pasture this week, too. This time of year I am always fascinated with Buzz and Flutter's coloring - their dun factor really shows as they are putting on their winter coats.
This is Flutter, she is a red dun.
And this is Buzz.
Queenie is just getting fluffy in her Chestnut coat :)
Old girl Bug has been sticking her head in cockle burrs that I pick out each day.
Yesterday she was a unicorn.
This old girl is 28. We think she is a little senile. This will be her last summer - I won't make her endure another winter as she has told me it is time to move on. We haven't scheduled her day yet, but it will be before the bitter cold and snow arrives. Hard - but I believe it is my responsibility to give her a dignified and easy end.
It was a beautiful weather day yesterday. We got alot of small yard things finished up and cleaned up.
Today it is windy and cold, good day for me to stay in and try to put some more order to my loom room.
All for now,