Saturday, January 24, 2015

A Walk On The Wild Side

Well, it is certainly amazing how many more pictures one gets
when the camera is actually turned on!
This week's photos from the area where we placed the deer feed block
had 162 photos.
Most, of course, were squirrels coming up to take a nibble.


But there were the usual ....raccoons...



fox....


opossums...


and lots of deer.  


Funny, the deer were curious about the block, 


but very wary.


Many of them walking all around, examining it...then leaving again.


A doe and her yearling...


I believe all of the nibbles were done by smaller critters.

A few visitors passed by the other camera down by the stream...

Raccoon....


cat of some sort....


deer....


lots of squirrels....(busiest animal in the woods!)


fox...


Each week, as I hike out to recover the camera cards...
I am filled with anticipation.
Funny... it's a simple pleasure that never grows old.
It's amazing how much activity goes on in the woods...
that we never see or hear!

Friday, January 23, 2015

You Wear It Well

Yesterday morning as I started chores,
I was surprised by how silent my world was.
No sounds...no birds, no owls, no wind... just silence.


I worked cleaning the dry lot in the silent, blue hour right before dawn
marveling at how peaceful the world becomes when there is snow on the ground.

It wasn't long, however, before a distant tractor motor broke the silence...
then ducks quacked and turkeys gobbled...
donkeys brayed....
and my magical moment ended.

By afternoon, the sun peeked out and blue sky was a welcome sight.


 I was in the goat yard feeding the dwarf goats when I noticed Spider.


It seems he is beginning to shed his wooly undercoat...
gray "lint" peaking out from under his ebony fur.


He must have been scratching with his horn,
because he ended up with quite a collection of wool hanging from the end of it.


"You look quite silly, there, Spider!"  I said.


"That might be," said he, "but I'll bet you cannot lick your nose with your tongue!"


"You got me there, Spider!" as I broke into the chorus of "You Wear It Well."

One of my winter goals is to work my way through my fabric stash...
sewing as many aprons as I possibly can before the weather breaks and 
outdoor chores take precedence.

Yesterday's makings....


and....


both are for sale in the marketplace (see link below blog header).

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Snow Day!

Yesterday I said that there is no such thing as a "snow day" in my life anymore.
Well, as luck would have it...
yesterday was Wednesday...my usual day off from farm work...
(thanks to our friends Jim and Kathy who take over for me on Wednesdays)
and it snowed most of the day.

So, a snow day is exactly what I had!!


Instead of going out and working in the snow, I got to stay indoors and play.
Sewing, knitting, cooking... were the activities of the day.
Homemade quiche for dinner...


The dogs and I took an afternoon break and went out for a romp in the snow.


Here is a glimpse of my world right now....




Bird's eye view of the snowy world....










As the snow fell outside, I stayed warm and toasty in my sewing room.
I sewed three of these....


and two of these....


Today I will deliver them to my favorite coffee shop/restaurant for their wait staff...
and give my sewing machine a much needed rest!


Wednesday, January 21, 2015

I Need A Little Color...The World Is White Once Again!

I have always thought of my sewing room as my sanctuary...
the place I go to create and play and sadly, to iron.
(Truth be told, I really don't mind ironing...and I am rather old-fashioned
when it comes to that.  I never did believe there was really any such thing
as permanent press!)


And then I ask myself... do I really need a sanctuary?
To me, the whole farm is a sort of sanctuary.
I find my peace in every square foot of this place.


To continue....
as I sat in my sewing room yesterday with the sewing machine whirring away,
I looked outside the window and was surprised to see an un-predicted snowfall.
(We are to have 3 inches today...but yesterday was supposed to be light rain.)


The time was nearing afternoon feeding time, so I bundled up and headed outside.


As I drove up to the barn, the horses were at the fence waiting for me...
eager to have their afternoon's allotment of hay.


Ollie, true to form, was trying his best to kick Red...
a game they play quite frequently, and one at which Ollie excels!


The turkeys were playing tag with Annie...


also an almost-daily ritual.


At this time of year when my whole world seems gray and drab,
a fresh snowfall breathes new life into my surroundings.
Even the compost piles look good with a fresh coat of snow.


I have to admit...I do get a little excited when it snows....
even though, in my world, there's no such thing as a "snow day" anymore.

Everyone was out in the snow yesterday...
even the goats, who generally don't like to eat out in the precipitation, didn't seem to mind.


Sammy: "Did you know that snowflakes taste like sugar?"


I spent a little time yesterday looking at pictures from summertime,
and found myself feeling a bit melancholy...
missing green grass and beautiful gardens.

And then I headed for my kitchen window for a little taste of summer...
Ahhhh...some welcome green and vibrant color in this otherwise gray/brown/white world of mine!


The amaryllis(s)... (does anyone know the plural of amaryllis?  Is it amarylli?)
...was a Christmas gift from a dear friend.
(And Joyce, you might notice that little bee buzzing around their tops!)

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

One Ball, Two Pigs, Three Dogs

On those cold, gray, dreary winter days...


when everyone has cabin fever...


sometimes it only takes...


 a tennis ball!!


...to liven up everybody's spirits!



There!
I hope you feel better now, too!
PS....dog #3 (Sammy was investigating the woods in the pig pen...
he's not much into tennis balls.)

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