This and That

I'm diligently working on my after-the-fair job (tallying up who won what, etc), so here's just a bit of this and that around the homestead:

We had an inch of rain over the weekend; so very needed and so welcome! That of course led to mud, which I do not complain about. However I stepped in a mud puddle and discovered a hole in my rubber boot. Who knows how long it's been there, since we've had very little rain and mud this summer.

Daylight is lessening as we head into autumn. I've really noticed the past two mornings that it gets light later now. I've really enjoyed the cooler weather; fall is my favorite season of all.

Many of the trees are dropping their leaves already. They've given up and are going dormant earlier than usual.

Hubby went outside one afternoon to get the lawnmower, and watched Juliet round up "her" goats and put them in the shed, and put herself between them and hubby; he doesn't go out by the goat pen much so she was being cautious of someone she didn't know well. I've never seen her do it, although I was told by her former owners that she does such a thing. I was so impressed to hear that she really did it!

Now that we've had some rain, the broomweed is blooming; although it was green all summer, the flowers didn't open. Lewis and Clark wrote this about it:
Broom Snakeweed (Broomweed) Gutierrezia sarothrae
A widespread perennial forb. The stems of this species were often used by Native Americans for making brooms, and various parts of the plant were chewed and placed on insect stings or other venomous bites. Its use in treating snakebite is the basis for its vernacular name. The Lakotas boiled the plant to make a tea to treat dizziness and respiratory problems. Collected September 19, 1804, probably in present-day Buffalo County, South Dakota, in the Big Bend region. A newly discovered species.

Our apple crop this year consisted of only two apples.

The osage orange fruit are heavy on our one tree. The horses love them but eating too many can cause founder, so each day while the horses are in their stalls eating, I shake the tree and dispose of the fruits that fall off.

What's up in your neck of the woods?


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  1. At the Rancho:
    *Our ground squirrels have come up missing (YAY!) and I think I met the culprit as a new coyote showed his face last week.

    *I rebuilt the vegetable garden this weekend after the fire washed away the last one.

    *The garlic beds got a good bit of free composted horse manure added in.

  2. Broomweed tea made from dried plant harvested in winter, with honey, will get rid of colds and bronchitis etc. Pueblo Natives used it to cure bruises, purify lungs and body, and many other issues. Youre so lucky to have it growing on your property��


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