1 Except for the still verdant paddocks, the farm landscape is beginning to look rather bleak.
2 I actually enjoy how noticeable all the textures become.
3 After the Hurricane Sandy, there are many big messes to deal with, like the stump of a fallen spruce tree in the shade garden.
4 Before working on removing that stump, Pete and Phurba dug up all of the perennials that surrounded the spruce.
5 Pete is lifting large root masses of hostas, which will all be replanted once the stump is gone.
6 Phurba then attacked the massive root system with a chainsaw.
7 The cold frame near the greenhouse needs to be cleaned out and planted with herbs and leafy greens. It's so nice having several growing options during the cold months.
8 Also damaged in either the hurricane or the recent heavy snowfall were two more of the granite posts that support the raspberry canes.
9 It baffles me that granite can break like this. Good thing I still have a reserve supply on hand.
10 Cans of ice-melt have been set out in strategic locations.
11 The bald cypress grove is dropping its foliage.
12 The foliage turns such an amazing shade of russet.
13 A bulb planting project was taking place on the terrace and Wilmer was clearing the beds in the herb garden for planting tulip bulbs.
14 The burlap surround for the tree peony beds came down in the storm and new stakes were being pounded into the ground.
15 Burlap is attached to these wooden stakes forming a winter wind break. Hopefully there will be no more big storms to knock it down again.
16 There are still so many trees to clear out of the woods.
17 Dominick has no shortage of wood to pass through his Wood-Mizer saw mill.
18 He's cutting this maple log to make those wooden stakes.
19 He began cutting the log into boards, but realized that his blade was dull and needed changing.
20 The blade is a large band saw.
21 Back in action
22 The finished product - This saves us so much since we no longer have to buy ready-cut stakes.
23 These chickens are very healthy and happy.
24 The chickens and roosters enjoy their tree branch perches.
25 At this time of year they are fed lots of winter squash. The orange pigment of the flesh turns their yolks bright orange.
26 With colder temperatures, each coop has suspended heat lamps for chilly nights.
27 During the day, all of the poultry has free range in the cutting garden. There's a small door for access.
28 The chickens, guinea fowl, and Pomeranian geese enjoy the large open space.
29 The painting crew is here prepping the equipment barn for restaining, Bedford Gray, of course!
30 All of the old finish needs to be scraped off the wood siding.
31 And then sanded down.
32 All of the hardware is covered with painter's tape.
33 I had the crew move the giant iron fire pit from the great lawn.
34 This cast iron bowl is quite heavy.
35 These strong Sherpas had no trouble carrying it.
36 The courtyard is nearly all cleaned out. I decided to store the large cement birdbath indoors for the winter, rather than covering it with plastic sheeting and burlap.
37 I thought that the fire pit could sit here for the winter. It's right off the kitchen and my guests and I can enjoy bonfires.