Fall’s Coming, Put Up the Hay

Our friends at Alewive Pond Farm, in Maine invited us over to lend a hand with one of their pre-Fall activities, getting several hundred bales of hay in the barn for the winter. In this drone video, hay bales from a local pasture are unloaded and placed on a conveyer to be restacked in the hayloft.

Alewive Pond Farm has a small herd of seven goats which will require about 300 bales of hay between now and the fist  cut of hay next June. Several more wagons of this size will be delivered before Autumn to fill the hayloft.

In addition to the hay bales delivered, Steve cut’s hay using a hand scythe. cutting the hay in the morning, letting it dry in the sun for a day or two, than raking into a tarp and dragging it in from the field. From there it stored in an empty stall or hauled up to the hayloft by rope, where it will finish drying. Steve reports that he is often greeted at the barn by goats eager for a sample of the freshly cut hay.

Man pulling tarp loaded with loose hay

They appear to approve of the sample!

White goat eating hay

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Goat Notes from Alewive Farm

Two white lambs standing nest to each other

Coat Notes and Barn Cards at Alewive Farm

Our friends at Alewive Farm in Kennebunk Maine have added a whole page of Barn Cards to their website. These blank note cards are each 4.25″ by 5.5″ with a farm scene or Maine scene © Alewive Farm, and blank inside, so you can use these for any occasion.

Alewive Farm is a small 5 acre farm with a herd of dairy goats, hens, bee hives, and a couple cats that manage the barn. You’ll find Bev and Steve scything hay, picking apples, making soap, or just being chased around the farm by an angry bee. In their spare time  the camera comes out to capture  a moment of barn life, or one of the many characters, like Half-Pint the goat, that live on the farm!

You can buy the Barn Cards at Alewive Farm website with PayPal or head over to their Alewive Farm Etsy shop.  Bev’s advice for Valentine’s Day, “Nothing says ‘love’ like a goat.”

Small white Nigerian goat in a barn door

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We Are Santa

We Are Santa book With the Fall Foliage on the ground in most places and falling leaves being replaced by falling snow, it was time to look for a good book to read in front of the wooed stove. Just in time for the holidays, a friend shared her copy of “We Are Santa,” by photographer Ron Cooper. Cooper  has compiled some masterfully images of Santas throughout the country. Images are in both color and black and white, often capturing Santa in both North Pole attire and street clothes. Many have a brief bio of how they first started as Santa, for how many seasons, and what it means to them.

Cooper includes some brief history of Santa Clause, the current and historical style of dress, training, etc., but the real treat is in the many photographs of Santa and the real faces, expressions, and spirit behind St. Nick. Look through the book, and you will feel the spirit and joy of Santa come alive from the pages of the book.

Order “We Are Santa,” from Amazon, it will make a great gift!

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Maine fall foliage changing quick

Maple trees on dirt road in the fog

Maple trees quickly turning color on a dirt road in Southern Maine

As mentioned in yesterday’s post, it seemed that the foliage was changing wuickly in Southern Maine and a bit earlier than expected. According to News Center Maine, experts suggest the summer-long drought has stressed the trees.


If Mall foliage passes too quickly for you this year, check out this great list of the top spots for leaf peeping in Hudson Valley.

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Hitting the Road for Fall Foliage

Sunflowers in a yard

Michigan’s Kent County Road Commission has been publishing scenic routes called the Color Tour since the 1950’s and the first one is up on their site. The Color Tour is updated weekly through October 12, the week of peak foliage in the Grand Rapids area. Each tour highlights a beautiful drive, and is short enough for a quick outing. Want more? String them together! Each drive includes stopping places for scenic pictures.

Anyone taking one of the Color Tours this fall? Send us a pic with a brief explanation, we’d love to post it info at leafpeepers.com!

Heading to Boston? Rumor has it that the Red Apple Farm at Boston Public Market is working on a pumpkin donut recipe!

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Leaf Peeping Posts

Blueberries on the bush with goldenrod

Blueberry picking in late August at Brad and Jen’s, in Buxton Maine.

Leaf peeping the first week of September seems to be limited to some of the Aspens in Colorado starting to turn golden, and the pictures from last year that will tide us over the next couple weeks until the autumn foliage nearby starts to turn.

Here are some of the interesting posts this week:

Fall Foliage Prediction Map from SmokeyMountains.com. This is really a great map that let’s you select the week to see where peak foliage is in the US.

Reader’s Digest White Mountains Tour – if you’ve never been to New Hampshire’s White Mountains, treat yourself this fall. North Conway has outlet shopping and some great restaurants and you’ll find a quieter pace in towns like Jackson and Lincolnville. And be sure to drive the Kancamangus Highway if you have a chance–it will be spectacular!





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Leaf Peeing and Fall Foliage Reports 2020

Queen Anne's Lace by fence

The cooler weather these last few days in Southern Maine are a reminder that Autumn is knocking at our door. Where are you heading this fall for leaf peeping? You’ll find links to the latest Fall Foliage Reports here.

We’d love to know what your favorites sites are for Fall Foliage and share your pictures if you have some you’d like to share. Sende them along to info at leafpeepers.com.

Be sure to check out this interview with author Jeff Alt about how to get out into nature this fall with your kids.


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Leaf Peeping 2020

Hay wagon loaded with hay balesin front of barn

Too early for fall foliage in Southern Maine, but the perfect time to start thinking about putting up hay! Dry, less humid, sunny days are perfect for cutting, drying, raking and baling hay from local pastures.

What are you doing this fall for leaf peeping? Traveling with your camera and mask? Staying at home and leaf peeping virtually? Let us know and feel free to share a photo. Send it along to info at leafpeepers.com and be sure to include your name if you want us to include attribution.

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Following the Foliage

Boat in water at dock with fall colors in the background on the shoreWith the foliage in the Northeast drifting past peak, New Jersey is starting to post color change in the northern part of the state where it is approaching peak, and in the southern coastal part of the state where it is just starting to turn, along the coast. Check out the New Jersey foliage map and fall foliage resources at the NJ Department of Environmental Protection and this article on New Jersey Fall Foliage and this years leaf-peeping season in the Garden State.

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Leaf-peeping and Tattoos

Tree with yellow leaves in front of shop front with Open sign

Flow Studio ib Claremont NH to take a break from leafpeepeing

Catching glimpses of the fall foliage before it vanishes on the drive to Sunapee Lake in ew Hampshire and Claremont New Hampshire, we stopped in Claremont for lunch and to continue the search for the best cider donut. Before eating at the Revolution Cafe, we stopped into FlowStudios, one of the newest shopfronts in the Moody Building, in Opera House Square> Proprietors and tattoo artists Justin Melton and Marissa Sta[les welcomed us with several other customers who were looking at hand made crystal wraps, paintings from local artists, candles, and Halloween treats given out to customer’s children and “big kids” with a sweet tooth!

I loved the chess board set up in the front window, and the books and magazines in a cozy corner. One friend of the studio was sitting with his coffee and phone, quick to talk about social media and tattoos. We loved the welcoming atmosphere. Although we didn’t stay for a tattoo, we’ll return near the holidays for the scenery of the rolling hills in Claremont, the great walkable shopfronts downtown, some local gifts from Flow Studios and maybe a chess game with Marissa.

Looking into Flow studio with glass cases left and right with crystal wraps and other artwork

Justin Melton and Marissa Staples in Flow Studios talking with customers

If you’re in Claremont, it’s worth a stop!


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