Seems like we are rushing about to get things in place for winter. I think the huge temp change last week triggered that “Fall is really here!” feeling. Did the final weed spraying last Wed, with the 80F day. Looks to be the last of those in our weather forecasting. Hope it was useful.
Got the last field dragged and put drag away for winter. Brush hog and finish mower are tucked away already. Checking fences so wire is all tight and hot, gate locks oiled and locked shut. Need to move some fill dirt to cover drain tiles and holes the puppies dug! Every rain causes digging!! Good thing he is cute. Need a couple drainage trenches dug so no wet spots in the hayfield come spring. I don’t think they should take long, but I haven’t dug many trenches. However we do have a backhoe, “How hard can it be??” Ha ha I will if husband doesn’t move them up higher on his to-do list! Ha ha
He also has a couple outside lights to install in the barnyard so I can see better in the winter dark. Those LED lights are blinding, give excellent visibility over big areas. Only six field gates left to paint. I hired son for the painting. Amazing how long they take to get cleaned off and covered well! Paint dries faster on hot days. They were pretty rusty so the painted ones look really good now in bright, Ford tractor blue! Seems they are easier to see as well, looking to see if the right ones are open or not.
I believe we have enough hay now. Still on the flatbed trailer in the hoop barn until we feed enough to empty some barn space and unload it. Big t!ractor and hay equipment is clean and tarped in the hoop barn already. So nice we have room to keep it all under cover now!
I need to clip bridlepaths, hairy legs, shorten tails before mud arrives. No ice balls this year! Organize the tack room and carriage shed, put away summer things, so I can find needed winter things! Take down and put fans away.
Starting to feed hay inside. Pastures are growing with the rain, just not fast enough. Horses are fuzzing up nicely so rain doesn’t make them wet and cold. Time to bring home the two horses now at the trainers. Better now on good roads, instead of later on icy roads. They will be pretty lively for a few days with room to run again!
Some garden stuff to finish. Dug up bulbs and plants from the new septic tank installation, which now need planting in new places. Will make a nice show come spring. Trimming foliage off Peonies, Asparagus, dead branches off bushes, haul all that to the burn pile. Dig up giveaway plants in the garden bed reduction process. I just don’t like them anymore, someone else can enjoy them now Too many beds to maintain. Clean out all the summer flower pots and put away. Cut back and rearrange all the porch plants to fit inside in front of the French doors.
It is nice to cross off list items! I might get time to work on some hobbies when winter gets here!