The new trees were stressed, the forsythia looked stressed, even though that's been in the ground for 3 years. Some of the potted trees in the nursery which we thought had died show some signs of life yet. Pears are ready for more picking. Local apples and some on our own trees are in season. Time to break out the dehydrator. Grass didn't need mowing before, but it will now. J is off to mow, which is my job. Yesterday he worked on the wood piles (yes, piles) and this morning he patrolled for poison ivy. Life goes on.
E and J caught monarchs in the 5 acre field yesterday. E let them go. They're always on the move inside the specimen box. Last year we kept them for almost 48 hours and they damaged their wings. So this year it's strictly catch and release. The monarchs are getting ready to head for Mexico. Fall is coming. Leaves will change color, E says.
We let the chickens run free in the paddock yesterday. One caught a toad. Ok, so what does a chicken do with a toad? Runs around for half an hour trying to keep her prize away from the other chickens.
School starts tomorrow. I think a "yippee!" is in order. We marked the date by waking up early (school hours) and trying on our new school clothes. E is all ready for first grade. A full day at school this year. The Frog worries a bit. Will she know where the bathroom is? Will she be overwhelmed by the noise in the cafeteria? Will she be ok? Yes, to 1 and 3, no to 2, she assures me.