Fence Posts

Fence posts, more fence posts. You didn’t think we were finished building fences did you? Our current project is to ready our new “bull pen” for winter.  

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The utility trench is dug, the water line and electrical conduit is in and it has been backfilled with non-rock dirt. Now the existing soil and rocks can be used to fill up the ditch. 

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The guys are working on the feeding trough and fencing for the new bull pen as well. The framework for the feeding trough is up and the posts just need to be cemented in. Here in the rain forest, if you don’t cover your feed trough you will soon have wet hay – not good. So we build a cover. 

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By the way talking about our bullpen, I’ve always heard of a “bullpen” in baseball where the pitchers warm up, and wondered why it was called that.

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In honor of the baseball playoffs, here are a few theories in case you wondered too:

  • The name may be a reference to rodeo bulls being held in a pen before being released into the main arena.

  • Latecomers to ball games in the late 19th century were cordoned off into standing-room areas in foul territory. Because the fans were herded like cattle, this area became known as the “bullpen” a designation which was later transferred over to the relief pitchers who warmed up there.

  • At the turn of the century, outfield fences were often adorned with advertisements for the Bull Durham brand of tobacco. Since relievers warmed up in a nearby pen, the term “bullpen” came about. 

  • Manager Casey Stengel suggested the term might have been derived from  managers getting tired of their relief pitchers “shooting the bull” in the dugout and were therefore sent elsewhere, where they would not be a bother to the rest of the team – the bullpen. How serious he was when he made this claim is not clear.

  • Another theory is that the term is derived from the late 19th century. The New York Giants first played at the Polo Grounds which opened around 1880. The relief pitchers warmed up beyond the left-field fence, and in the same area was a stockyard or pen that had bulls in it.

  • Rick (who played baseball in high school) thought it was due to the amount of um, shall we say “BS” being spread around by a bunch of guys with nothing much to do except spit and tell lies during the game.

Anyway, we don’t have that kind of bullpen. Ours will actually be home to our two bulls who are currently out on assignment but will both be home in a month or so. Which brings us back to the posts. See these T posts laying beneath the corner bracing?

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In our family we draw names for a Christmas Gift Exchange. Last year, Rick got a very generous gift from our brother-in-law Daryl – a gift card to Home Depot. Rick bought T posts with his gift card and has just one question. Does that gift of T posts come installed? Because they go down the far left side of the road in the picture below between the wood posts that are already set.  So Daryl the fence needs to be done before the bulls come home, and before we can pull the wire the T posts have to be in place. The bulls will be back in two to three weeks – but no pressure.

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Anytime you are available would be good and we have the post driver so you won’t have to bring your own 😉

And finally, the autumn weather has been beautiful! Chilly in the morning, warm and sunny during the day and cool evenings. Colorful leaves, clean, crisp air – I love fall. ?????????????????????? Just makes me want to put some soup in the crockpot. 

Fall Photos

Fall is officially here – both on the calendar and in the weather. The air is crisp and clear, the leaves are turning and showing color.  Storms come through with thunder and lightning and sometimes torrential rain. I can hear the raindrops falling on our metal porch roof as I type.  I like all the seasons here in our mountains, but autumn is my favorite. Here are a few fall photos.

Vine maples against the evergreens.

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A dramatic fall sky. We get some really great cloud formations with the storms that come this time of year.

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Yellow and orange vine maples on a sunny afternoon.

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The enormous sunflower in my garden last year. We didn’t even get our garden planted this year we were so busy. We must do better next season.

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Not only the maple leaves change colors – ferns do as well.

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The falling leaves this time of year always look polka-dotted to me.

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I love the mountains peeking out from the clouds.

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An old cedar stump with vine maples growing all around it. 

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A panoramic view of the autumn pasture in the late afternoon.

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Frost on the Pumpkin

There is a chilly little nip in the air these days.  

The low temperature last night was a frosty 27 degrees.   

  Here is our pumpkin yesterday. 

And here it is today.  The frost really zapped the leaves.  The pumpkin is fine and we are looking forward to some delicious homemade pumpkin bread. 

Our poor zucchini plants didn’t appreciate the frost at all.  Luckily we had already picked the last of the summer squash.

The cool air had some moisture and there is a bit of snow on the mountains above us.  The snow level was 2500 feet. 

The chilly air makes our first fire of the season feel very nice!  We are glad we’ve got our firewood split and stacked high.

The leaves continue to show their fall colors, it is really beautiful to see.

The leaves of the “big leaf” Maples are huge. 

The leaves are covering our drive, which is a look I love.  Fall is one of my favorite times of the year, and is especially beautiful here. 

Everyone here is getting ready for winter – even the squirrels.  This one is cleaning up some of the birdseed the blue jays have scattered everywhere. 

He seems a little startled to realize I was taking his picture.  I guess this is a “squirrel in the headlights” look?

Autumn has Arrived

The cooler weather here – highs in the 60’s and lows in the 40’s – has announced the arrival of autumn.  And with it come the beautiful fall colors. 

The leaves on the vine maples have begun to turn red and orange.  

The leaves are falling and cover our loop road.

All around we see the signs of fall.  It is such a change for us to have four distinct seasons.  

The cool air is wonderfully crisp and clean.  The leaves are beautiful, it is hard to resist taking lots of pictures. 

The bracken ferns are turning brown and the clouds are low on the mountains.

 

The animals know it is time to prepare for winter.  Simon and Theodore are busy scooping up the birdseed that the helpful jays have scattered everywhere.   

It is a beautiful time of year here and we are enjoying it.