It's 100% Autumn now and Charlie has great fun catching the leaves as they fall to the Earth but what's (apparently) even better than the leaves is the streams and streams of water coming down this mountain we live on.
He's a bit of a scaredy-cat when it comes to all four paws going into the water and having to swim but he loves watching the water go by taking the fallen leaves with it.
And occasionally he will try to grab some of the leaves and twigs with as many paws on the solid ground as possible.
The farmyard has woken me up by barking, crowing and mewing. All the pesky, noisy feather and fluff balls have been fed and tended to and I'm sitting in the dark on a cold Sunday morning listening to Steve press 'snooze' every five minutes on his alarm clock.
It feels officially like Autumn today. The loch is still, the leaves are brown and effortlessly falling to the earth, the birds are chirping and the sun is slowly rising from behind the mountains.
I can hear one of the rabbits drinking from it's water bottle, the ping of my email as I confirm details of cupcakes for someone's wedding and cars driving by faintly in the distance.
It's not long until Christmas, and for once I can't wait!
Well, it's Autumn and so much has been happening lately and not everything is happening in a good way.
We lost Cinnamon last week to some sort of bird of prey. I'm personally blaming the Osprey but Steve has been hearing owls hooting while out at night with the dog. Spice and Sorrel are somehow fine although Sorrel hasn't laid any eggs since it happened. We have two new chickens arriving soon to keep her company so fingers crossed we get some more eggs from her before the winter sets in.
Charlie Brown turned one year old (one already!) and is getting his winter coat coming through. He is as mad and barky as ever.
The rabbits and Lucky are all fine. There are some new cows in the barn which need introducing and perhaps a duck on her way to our little farm family too.
The first frost arrived this morning making everything look crisp and fresh. The ground is crunchy and deer are edging closer to the house everyday, much to Charlie's annoyance. The leaves are turning brown and starting to fall, again, keeping my pup amused.
I love this time of year!
*If the video of Charlie's Mad Moment doesn't work you can watch it here.