Autumn on the ranchHere we are at my favorite time of any year – Autumn. I just love the way the air feels; crisp in the morning, softly warm by noon. Everything just looks and feels different. My favorite tree is casting its beautiful golden leaves all over the ground. Sadly, once those leaves start to fall, they are gone in a day or two. But in the meantime, what a treat! A few of our trees are clothed in richer crimson colors, and they last longer, but the golden-leaved one is glorious in its heyday. By now the flowers are all gone except for one or two very hardy little roses, and the vegetables are regularly finding their way to the dinner table. Yum!

We are finding that our guests really enjoy the flavors of our homegrown veggies; earthy beets (even people who don’t like beets seem to make an exception for these), crisp cabbage in slaw, broccoli and cauliflower. Have you ever eaten cabbage steak? Just cut one-inch slices of cabbage from top to bottom (not across), lightly butter a cookie pan, lay the cabbage slices on it, add a bit more butter on top, and roast in the oven until the cabbage begins to brown around the edges. It will be crisp-tender. Add a little salt and pepper. Good enough to eat!

fall is in the airFall is also the time to accomplish some long-overdue tasks that just had to be delayed during the very busy summer weeks. Currently we are updating the front porch of the manager’s house, building doors at the back of the barn, and completing the dining porch so that it can be used in almost any kind of weather. Guests love that porch and will sit there to eat their dinner, chat with new friends, and enjoy the cooler evening air. In summer they are entertained by the dozen or so hummingbirds that zoom around the feeders and through the porch itself.

At any rate, business has slowed a bit, and we are taking advantage of the time and good weather to get some things done that will certainly enhance the ranch’s appearance and function. We hope that our guests this next season will enjoy their stay here just that much more!

Here’s a heartfelt “Thank you” to all the good people who chose to spend time at Long Hollow Ranch this year. Y’all come back, you hear?