We met this guy on the road right out of our front gate, isn't he gorgeous?
His herd/harem crossed when we came around the next corner, and assembled in the the upper meadow.
Waiting for their lord and master to join them and tell them where to go next ..
They're so much larger than the deer. No wonder that hunters prefer them .. much more meat!
I've been looking for some signs of said Fall, and found some berries and the first tiny mushrooms ..
Nature is slowly turning ..
While down the hill we established a new 'routine'. After golfing (before 9 am, cause than it's half price!), coffee with pastries at Crema, and doing our errands, we now have lunch at 'the Rib Guy'!
It's a 'southern' BBQ place with the most amazing ribs and pulled pork and brisket!
Their coleslaw is pretty good also, and they have a wonderful creation they call 'BBQ Sunday', that has meat, beans and coleslaw, topped with a cherry! Can you say delicious?!
They have buckets with peanuts on the tables, the shells go on the floor, and longhorns on the wall. We love everything about it!
Back at the farm .. now the walls are painted and the carpet is in, we're working on the doors.
Since we have 14 of those to do (!), James decided to set up a spray-booth in the barn and spray the whole lot, instead of having to roll or brush them!
Good ideas you have hon!
Now the temperatures are dropping, it's a little harder to get the paint to dry, so they go outside in the sun ..
James has also moved to the foyer in the main part of the house, from where he cut an opening into the closet of one of the bedrooms.
Next, he'll create a hallway, which will give excess to the bathroom that's adjacent to that bedroom.
And since the bedroom now lost it's closet, a new one is build into the foyer. Fortunately there's ample room for one.
The whole purpose of this is, that now you have easy excess to the toilet from the foyer (as Rosie is demonstrating), whereas before you had to walk through the whole house to get there. Nice!
Let's see, and what did she do?
Oh, I worked quite a bit, honestly, and also have been cooking more of those hearty meals now that Fall has arrived ..
One of our favorites: Hunter's style Chicken, or Chicken Cacciatore (made in the IP)
And that good old dutch staple 'hutspot', with meatballs:
Now there are no more fresh berries to be had, my 'baking with blackberries' has almost come to an end.
I've frozen quite a lot though, but I'll save them for later this winter, just to be able to have a little taste of summer!
So far I've made Blackberry hand pies, muffins, coffeecake, cobbler and scones.
Phew! You can't say we let that season go to waist!
And last but not least another shot of Miss Rosie who might become a permanent fixture here in the Hess household!
Merl' has gotten used to her to the extend that they don't fight anymore, and she now comes in the house regularly.
She loves to play with his toys, he doesn't look at them anymore anyways (to much work), and sneaks bites of his (wet) cat-food when we're not looking.
She's a cutie, and she knows it!