Leaves falling are a sure fire way to know fall is here or will be here soon. Now is the time to get your property ready for winter. I'm sure that is why God made fall, so we would have time to prepare the earth and plants for the cold weather. Here at our farm, we use a lot of mulch for the plants and beds. Also, we cut the plants back. Boy, is that hard to do when they are still green. Be careful with that cutting back thing. If you do it too early, the plant will spring to life and the cold will kill the new growth. We temper the cutting with the anticipated weather. Right now we are cleaning up leaves, dead limbs, moving some of the plants around, planting bulbs and always creating compost with the Alpaca Beans and Oak leaves.
That big vacuum we bought and hooked up to the John Deere riding mower is a great thing for cleaning up the pastures. Really makes them look nice and gets all the debris and leaves so they don't end up in the Alpaca Fleece. However, there is a little snag this year. The John Deere has a minor problem, which James is working on today. He's also consulted most of his friends and acquaintances about. James doesn't have much patience when it comes to anything mechanical.
I've learned the easy work is to be driving the mechanical things; otherwise you are using a hand tool. So, I can drive all the mechanical devices and use the power tools. It is a lot easier to use a chain saw to cut a tree than to whack at it with a hand saw. Another thing I have learned is men are the only ones who can start those power tools. I have no pride, I ask James to start it up, then off I go. A word of CAUTION; use ear and eye protection as well as know how to safely operate any and all motor driven tools and wheeled devices. Go to the store and purchase good eye protection and good hearing protection. I also use a good quality glove and boots. I work smart and I work safe. Know the risks of using the tool, then become educated in safe operations. Even using a sharp hoe requires a conscious effort not to chop your foot. I still don't run with sharp scissors or chain saw, etc... you get it!!!
Last night was the blood moon, I hope you all saw it. Neat to watch a lunar eclipse. A cool night, the alpacas were frisky because the weather is cooling down. The Cria (Chappy, Abe and precious Honey B) were all playful and jumping off the barn ramp, they are soooo funny. Even the older girls were hopping around. WOW, you go girl....
Alpacas are very entertaining, everyday brings a new laugh about something. Cocoa, our first baby (I know Cria) is venturing out food wise. Every day I pass through the barn on the way to feed the chickens or to the compost bin. Now, Cocoa has to inspect and select the best morsels before I can get by him. He is sooo funny, who would have thought he would want vegetables!!! And, he is now sampling fruits. Yes, he likes them too. So far he is the only one who is venturing outside the haybox.
Gotta go do some work. Now, get up and go do something you enjoy (or not) for exercise.