Tuesday, September 28, 2010

The Comforts of Fall

What is it about fall that makes us want to simmer a big pot of soup on the stove?

Something about that first nip in the air makes me want to cook comfort food.

I love fall!  There's something to be said for coming home in the evening chill as the sun is starting to set, knowing that I have a limited about of time outside before dusk.  Even though the farm work is never-ending, we call it quits earlier each evening this time of year. 

Fall work is different than summer work.  We put on sweatshirts and boots, and we carry flashlights.  The animals are almost always fed after dark, and Steve never comes in before it's pitch black out.  The warm blanket finds its home more frequently on the couch. 

And it's firewood season.  All of our spare time will now be spent chopping trees, hauling wood, splitting wood, and stacking wood.  Very very soon it will be time for burning wood.  We'll burn the what's left of last year's dry wood while we start cutting the new wood. 

In just a few short weeks, we'll be sitting in front of the wood stove..... in comforting warmth ... waiting for winter.

Thursday, September 23, 2010


Fall is officially here, and as testimony, the leaves are starting to turn into their brilliant palette of warm oranges, yellows, and reds.  We have picture-perfect autumn landscapes here in West Virginia.  I don't live in the mountain region... just the hills of central West Virginia.  Here the rugged hillsides are dotted with farms.  Farm houses are built on the sides of hills or in hollows between them, as in our case.  And there are cattle, old barns, and crooked farm fences everywhere .... perfect for pictures.

 I love old barns and wooden fences.

Calves meandering along the hillside.

I love the effect of the orange pumpkins against the white of the barn.

A late September evening on the farm.
With all the beautiful colors, and the cooler feel of the autumn air, it's no wonder fall is a favorite season for most people.

Tuesday, September 21, 2010


I don't even claim to be a photographer.... but I do enjoy photography.  Lately I've been experimenting and gathering some of my favorite shots to enter in our local festival photography exhibit contest.  I don't even really know if any of these are contest-worthy; they just happen to be MY favorites.  What do you think?

Sunday, September 19, 2010


The Bolte Farm has pumpkins harvested!  It's so exciting to finally see (and cash in on) the fruits of our labor!  We have harvested probably 1000 pumpkins!!  We have LOTS of medium sized ones left for only $2.00 each.  Most of our large ones have been purchased already. 

I think these pumpkins are so beautiful... orange is my new favorite color!

A new school year

I can't believe it's been almost a MONTH since I last posted!  I've had good intentions, I planned on posting, and I took lots of pictures in hopes of sharing them.  What happened?  Farming, school, family, fun... life in general happened!  The main thing is the start of the school year happened.  As soon as school starts, my world changes.  My carefree lazy days of summer turn into hectic days of planning.  My long evenings of sitting and browsing the computer and reading books at my leisure are suddenly a thing of the past, as my evenings are now spent grading papers and writing lesson plans.  This year I had another change as well -- I am now teaching 6th grade.  I got a new LARGER classroom with the position too!

My new classroom has room for a library!

Steve sent me flowers to school on my first day!