The heat broke suddenly on Monday this week. I thought to myself, how uncanny, that on the first day of fall it suddenly felt like fall outside. Beatrix has been asking for weeks, “How long until the first day of fall?” and I’ve been giving her vague answers because I rarely know what the date is. Evidently I don’t know what date fall begins on either, because it actually didn’t start until Wednesday! Of course, due to misinformation, Beatrix and Larkspur celebrated on Monday. When I realized my mistake on Wednesday, and confessed to the girls that I had been wrong, they both shouted, “Mommy!!! You did this last year! We were climbing the trees shouting ‘Happy Fall!’ at the top of our lungs, and it wasn’t even fall yet!” “Well girls, all I can say to that is you should have learned your lesson then and known better than to take my declaration this year as fact,” I replied. At least I can say for certain now that it is definitely fall, and we’re happy about it! I’ve resurrected my goat walks, though I only take my girls. We have to keep them separated from the boys at all times because Little John is still intact and we don’t want any “mixing” going on! Agnes and Greta are so amusing. When we get a little distance away from the house they get kind of clingy. Sometimes it seems like they are trying to walk while touching me. I try to tiptoe away from them just for fun and as soon as they notice (doesn’t take long) they yell and chase me at high speeds. Then I scratch them and talk to them and they eat and eat and eat.
I knit a couple of little things for my friend Jaime’s new little daughter, Ondine and gave them to her today. She’s a tiny thing, so the hat is big on her (I crocheted an extra tie in yellow for it, not sure which color I liked best), but the little Mary Janes are perfect. I love baby knits!
The last photo is a peek at some of the yarn I have dyed with plant based dyes (gathered on our property or nearby) over the past few weeks. That has been a lot of work, but a lot of fun! This fall is already shaping up to be a good one!