The fall “to do” list is almost as long as the one we write in the spring. There seems to be a misconception in our minds that as the nursery winds down and the gardens are harvested and cutback, we will have a bit more free time. Well, this is not really the case. Somehow our lists seem to get longer as the days get shorter. However, we are determined to fit in some creative activity amongst the continuing chore list.
One of our fall tasks is bringing the sheep home from their summer pasture. I always look forward to this because it allows me an opportunity to evaluate their fleece growth, especially amongst this year’s lambs. This “wooly” goodness gets me excited about the winter’s spinning, knitting, and felting projects. Fleeces are always skirted, washed, and processed in the spring….leaving most of the dying and spinning (and project making) for the fall and winter.
The last of the firewood needs to be stacked, garlic has to be planted, and the inventory of the nursery completed, these being just a sample of our work these days. Inside, the wood stoves are being lit, meals often consist of comforting soups and dishes that reflect this year’s harvest, and spinning finds its way into my day.
Throughout the upcoming months and as the change in seasons allows for a different pace, I will post some of the projects, fiber being at the top of my list!