1 Recently, the dogs and I rescued 4 giant pumpkins that were destined for the trash.
2 With Halloween and Thanksgiving over, a local restaurant was disposing of their holiday decor.
3 I was happy with this find because my chickens love eating such healthy food. Pumpkins are loaded with beta-carotene, which makes for rich yellow yolks.
4 Chhiring helped unload these giants.
5 Then he threw one down in the chicken coop to break it.
6 I wanted to save the seeds to dry for planting and eating.
7 I was very surprised to see actual pumpkin seedlings growing inside the pumpkin!
8 Like the pumpkin, the seeds are quite large and I'm anxious to see how they grow next year.
9 Once the seeds were scooped out Chhiring dropped it again.
10 Why should he have all the fun?
11 The chickens got a new pumpkin each day.
12 We've been having frosty mornings at the farm. These are the rows of apple espaliers.
13 The frost was heavy beneath the nearly bared bald cypress.
14 A closeup of their frosty deciduous needles upon the still green grass
15 Bamboo framing for burlap coverings is being assembled all around the farm. Soon the boxwood allee leading to the stables will be tucked away for the winter.
16 Chhewang and Purba busy at work while listening to the latest popular music of Nepal
17 The donkeys clipped the grass low in their temporary paddock, so they've been moved back into this one after giving it a much-needed rejuvenating rest.
18 My stable complex - I just love the stonework of this place!
19 The allee of linden - the long beds beneath all newly planted with 116,000 blue flowering spring bulbs
20 The daffodil border - I don't know what got into this group of bulbs. Why are they growing now, just as winter is setting in?
21 The Japanese maple grove is planted here, beneath these towering trees.
22 Acer palmatum 'Sangu-Kaku' - a Japanese maple with a very attractive bark
23 It's becomes so brilliant in the cold weather.
24 The same area from a different vantage point
25 A horse has been walking here.
26 This Dawn Redwood, or Metasequoia, still retains some needles, which look great against the clear blue sky.
27 As does this grove of white pine. The building beyond is referred to as The Maple Avenue House, which is used for TV and photo shoots.
28 The paddock with the run in shed and hay feeders
29 A grove of newly planted evergreens with a hay field beyond
30 This sycamore, with its mottled bark, was just one of many trees damaged in last summer's tornado. Its top branches have been pruned down.
31 Look how many leaves remain on the beech trees.
32 This is the hoop house filled with tropical plants and surrounded with insulating bales of hay.
33 Many workers at the farm are Sherpas from Nepal.
34 This low area is a wetland and home to much wildlife.
35 The cattails in the wetlands have gone to seed.
36 And so has the goldenrod.
37 Above the wetland is where the beehives are located.
38 The beehives are also surrounded with insulating hay bales. The fastigiate oaks still look beautiful.
39 Some honeybees are still busy outdoors.
40 My housekeeper, Laura Acuna, walks the dogs frequently.
41 The dogs outdoor water bowl is frozen.
42 With so many things turning brown with the approaching winter, this clump of moss in the woods remains a vivid green.
43 Chhiring gathering apples for the horses, donkeys, and chickens - There are still so many hanging on this leafless tree.
44 The little pond has a skin of ice.
45 Down in the cutting garden, Shaun and his crew are planting tulips.
46 Strings, stretched taut, make for straight rows.
48 We received 50 of each variety and they were planted in five beds in the cutting garden.
49 Shaun planned for 4 varieties per bed, arranged according to color and size.
50 The cutting garden is located adjacent to the chicken coop and they seemed to enjoy the company.