I apologize for being so out of touch lately. Fall is such a busy time of year for us at The Small House that the outdoor work just takes over our lives. Hopefully I can make up for fewer blog posts of late with some interesting and lively photographs sharing the beauty of our homestead in the autumn.
We’ve had a hard frost already here in SW Michigan. Hard enough that it froze my remaining potted annuals and tender hydrangeas but once again the weather has turned warm. In these parts we call these warm days, our Indian Summer. I am enjoying the warm sunshine as are our animals who love to lay in the warm dirt and dust or nap.
Our small house under the big SW Michigan sky.
The surrounding woods are taking on new shades of reds, yellow and amber thanks to the cooler nights. There is a vivid beauty about the countryside now that stirs my soul.
This bed, with its ornamental grasses and mum’s really shines in the Autumn.
As those of you who homestead know; this time of is year we call “The Crunch Time” or “The Fall Rush.” I imagine that you are working as hard as we are to gather the last of the vegetable harvest, to close down the gardens and get the animals and their pens ready for winter. These seasonal chores plus my plantar fasciitis, physical therapy and various doctor’s appointments have kept me on the run.
While I honestly prefer a more home-center, slower-paced way of life, I know I must take care of my health right now and that means many appointments in town and twice-weekly working out.
The billowing and blowing grasses are among my favorite native perennials.
The fruits of our labor can be enjoyed in our perennial gardens right now. Native perennial plant, stones hauled home from farmers fields and roadside ditches, mingle with my carefully chosen plantings and projects all lovingly built and maintained, that shine during the Michigan fall. I enjoy every season here but if I had to choose my favorite, I think it would be autumn.
The fenced-in black raspberry patch is one of our chicken’s favorite runs.
Here is a peek at the Small House Homestead this week in all of our lovely fall glory.
Shrubs and feeders provide food and shelter for our beloved songbirds.
Our non-working in-the-ground pool resides nestles up against the forest edge.
Bales of hay will block the winter winds to the chicken run and coop areas. Then next spring these bales will be broken down for mulch in the garden.
The chicken condo complex is nestled under our majestic White Oak trees.
The pool shack, meadow grasses and the wood lot in late October.
Our 1950’s era ranch-style home. Yes, that is an old-fashioned TV antenna not a UFO!
The pool shack storage shed with our home in the distance.
The pool complex, storage shack and garden.
I hope you enjoyed you enjoyed a taste of fall on our homestead.
Small House homesteader, Donna