Today I discovered that the phrase “Indian Summer” can mean either a period of dry, warm weather occurring in autumn. Or it can mean a period of happiness occurring late in life.
At age 31, I’m not really sure I’m at a late point in my life. But things are definitely happy around here. And warm, dry and beautiful. And despite that fact that the season of Fall has really just began, this may be one of the most stunning autumns I’ve ever lived through. With temperatures reaching 28 degrees C lately, this is what I would call an Indian Summer.
Last night, J. Drummond Farms hosted our annual a Fall Feast: a gathering of our friends and family and a whole lot of delicious home-cooked food. Then, there was a big music jam session in the saloon. As life gets busy again for many of us over the course of the next couple of months, it was nice to sit back and enjoy everyone’s company. Clay and I leave today for Reno, Nevada to watch the National Reined Cow Horse Association Snaffle Bit Futurity and I may not be able to do many blog updates during this time. But I promise to take lots of pics and share them with you when I return.
I figure that by the time I return home on October 4, all the leaves will have fallen from the trees and I didn’t want to miss my chance to snap some pictures of them.
The fall harvest will likely be done as well. I will no longer hear the sound of large combines and sprayers driving past our house early in the morning, or coming in late at night.
It will probably be time to close the doors on the barns, to keep the horses from “hairing” up, prior to their showings at the year-end international events in November – where climates are much warmer at that time of year. (We are hearing that Reno is calling for record temperatures this weekend, as high as 38 degrees C…)
And who knows, the horses may even require winter turn-out blankets by the time we get back. I know I will certainly be packing a winter coat in my suitcase, for the trip home. Just in case it’s a pretty big shock to my system to come from 30+ temperatures, home. <smile>
Nonetheless, it’s always good to come home. If any of you want to share some beautiful images of autumn at your farms, by all means I’d love to share them with readers! Just email your images to me at: email@example.com
And for those of you who are competing at the Canadian Supreme this week, good luck!