Today was the first day of the general hunting season around here. I didn't hear a shot all day, which is nice. It's bucks only this year, so there aren't as many choices for the hunters. I haven't seen a buck up here since early summer. There are plenty of does around. They are getting into the gardens and even right up by the front door. I swear if we left the door open they would walk right in. The dogs are afraid of them since grandma deer used to attack them. I don't think she made it through the spring this year. I haven't seen her since April. I think a mountain lion got her. There for a while, about every three days, another one of the "gang" that hung out here would disappear. Kind of sad that grandma didn't make it, she had been around for a few years. Although now she can't bring any new generations of deer in to learn to eat all our vegetation. She was a big deer, too!
The fall colors sure are pretty. Looking out "across the way" to the other side of the draw, it's all golden with the larch and aspen trees turning color. We have plenty of aspens and larches on our property, too, so it's a beautiful time of year. Makes me wish I still had a horse to ride. This is my favorite time of the year for riding. Oh well, life changes, goats take over, and the old days are gone forever. I can still hike all over the area, it's just not as fast as on horseback.
We are having a pretty good rain right now. Hope all the goats are in their shelters! They are so mean to each other, it's unbelievable. One goat will take over the whole barn area and not let anyone else in, even though there is a good 15 feet of open space to share. Glad I have lots of little "pallet" houses out there. They actually work better than a regular barn. The low ceiling keeps their body heat in better, it's a small space, so they stay warmer easier. They are easy to build and tear down, and move.
Well, that's it for now. Things are coming together quite nicely around here. I'm a happy camper these days. :-)