Fall’s Fence

October 22, 2012

As we worked putting up temporary fence around the hay fields, it is apparent fall now owns the valley landscape.  First snow has fallen on the foothills to the west.  Wind blows steady from the west.  Sun glitters leaf edge—alfalfa, grass, and neighbors dry corn stalk.

Pulling wire and driving posts this time of year is a gift.  The fall wind hasn’t blown so long and hard that it tiring and obnoxious.  Instead, it heightens awareness allowing for considerations easily walked by otherwise.  Mixed with sun and fall smells, the wind whispers the fence from chore of metal upon metal to plate rim.

In the next day or so, most of the fall fencing will be done and the field transforms from hay to a large vegetarian supper plate.  A time of rejoicing.  Animals have an abundance of feed and we have the freedom of not feeding every morning and evening throughout most of the winter.  Such rejoicing lived time and again when wind and cold push temperatures into the single digits—or worse—and animals feed while we watch from the warmth of house.

Fall joy.

2 thoughts on “Fall’s Fence

  1. David, I must say you have a knack of convincing me that I wish I could put up a fence because I would enjoy it so much and also what lush greenery. It all does sound so good.I enjoyed it.

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    1. Thank you! However, I have to say, when I went out yesterday to finish the main field water fell out of the sky. It was somewhere between snow and rain, which meant two hours later I was both cold and wet. I wasn’t as positive about the experience as I was when the sun shined. Perhaps I am more a fair-weather sort of person!

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