1. Here's a link to the apple tart recipe for those of you who requested it: Brown Butter Apple Tart
2. Brett is at the Mark Rashid clinic through today. He'll be heading home after his lesson, hopefully arriving in time to help with the evening chores. I asked him to ask someone to take pictures Thursday and he did that. They will be sending me the pictures and I will share them with you. The clinic is four hours away and I couldn't take any time off work to go and watch. I want to see pictures too!
3. Thursday, Brett and Pistol had another good lesson. They spent most of their time with Mark working on lateral work: leg yield, turn on the forehand, and turn on the haunches. Pistol leg yields like a dream but she had some trouble with turning on the forehand. She couldn't quite get coordinated enough to cross her hind feet correctly as she pivoted around her front legs.
4. The nights are getting cold; it has been in the low 40s when I do the morning chores. I love this weather; I love the bracing breeze, the mix of colored leaves and acorns on the ground, the golden light, and the first fires in the wood stove. I roasted a chicken for dinner the other night and made a big batch of applesauce, full of brown sugar and cinnamon.
5. The chickens continue to molt. How long does this go on? We've never had chickens molt all at the same time before. Our egg production is down from an average of 6-7 eggs per day to one or two. Production typically slows way down in November when the days are short and cold but it is only October and these are young chickens.