Friday, February 12, 2016

With Love

It's that time of year...
when we all get a little mushy around here.


The girls wanted to wish you all a very Happy Valentines Day...
and tell you that YOU are LOVED!!


As with any holiday...
we have a reason to dress up and celebrate...
and so that is just what we did!


Daphne and Chloe were quite curious about their attire.
Those hearts were on springs and they bobbed up and down 
every time the girls moved their heads.


These two are just the best natured donkeys you could ask for.
They are game for just about any silly idea.


"Silly" comes quite naturally to donkeys!

I started handing out hearts to the horses and then realized that Moonbeam
thought they were edible treats.
Ollie's second heart is in Moonbeam's mouth.
(don't worry, I rescued it!)
If only I could have shown you a picture of Moonbeam's red sparkly tongue.
Doesn't Ollie's face say it all?


Today I will be celebrating Valentine's Day with Tyler's kindergarten class.
I baked these iced shortbread cookies for his party...


and will be helping out with the festivities.
As for our little pink fairy...
she donned her Valentine's red tutu to send you a little lovin' !


Can you believe she is 6 months old already?
Time flies...
make the most of each and every day, right?

Happy Valentine's Day from all of us here on the farm.
Please know how special you are to us...
your visits, your comments, your emails...
all the generous ways you share your love with us...

We send right back to you!!!

And if you need a sweetheart....
we have plenty to spare!
(as long as you don't mind 4 legs!)

Thursday, February 11, 2016

Dreaming......

Sitting here like this...


with the world outside looking like this...


I cannot help but close my eyes and dream a little.
My dream is of another time in the not so distant future,
where instead,
I will be sitting here like this...
with a fire in this...
(getting ready to make that yummy Italian bread in an old fashioned oven!)


Instead of the black and white world to which I have grown accustomed of late,
my dream is full of color...


colors that not only delight my eyes but all of my senses!
Have you ever noticed that the color green has a smell?
Green is the smell of new mown hay and pine needles.
It is my favorite color and my favorite smell...
and one for which I long at this cold, sleepy time of year.

I dream of dinners picked fresh from the garden...


Our weather is about to get even more wintry I hear.
Temperatures are to drop below zero this weekend...
with a potential for more snow next week.

It looks like I will have plenty of time to dream in the coming days!


I'll be dreaming and scheming as I plan for this year's garden.


I look forward to the sound of bees buzzing as I dig in the dirt.

I look forward to continuing Red's driving training...
a task I have let slide during winter's cold.
(yes, I'm a fair weather driver!)


Until this frosty part of winter passes,
I think I will hunker down with a cup of tea, a roaring fire,
and concentrate on indoor activities.

After all....Spring is not that far away!
What fun we will have when it comes!
For now....though...I think I'll throw another log on the fire!

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

That Something In The Air Was....SNOW!

Yesterday was another snow event for us.


Nothing like the blizzard two weeks prior...
but, still, snow that layed and accumulated!


Just when we were starting to see bare ground in some areas!


Ah, well, it is winter, after all... so this is to be expected.


And once again there were those that didn't seem to notice...


and those who wanted no part of it!


As for me...
when the chores were done
there was time for knitting.
(I've begun another sheep hat...I am going to knit one for each snowstorm that we have.)
I am still working on sock #2, but needed a little variety.

Snow days are perfect for baking...
filling the house with the most delicious smells,
while the oven helps to warm the kitchen.


I tried Joyce's recipe for Braided Italian Bread
Warning: this recipe takes 2 days... and it's worth it!



Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Something In The Air

As you read today's post, 
it's most likely snowing here at the farm.


I should have known that something was going to happen today
as I was out yesterday cleaning the dry lot.


It seemed like everyone was full of themselves...


running and chasing...


and playing like crazy!


Annie has a way of getting everyone started.


And then when Annie leaves, they just keep playing.


And playing...


And playing...


And playing!




Leaping into the air...


And kicking up their heels...


I'm not sure what it was....


But something was definitely in the air yesterday!

Monday, February 8, 2016

Tom And Chuck Take A Hike

It was an absolutely spectacular weekend.
Mostly sunny with highs in the mid-forties made for perfect
weather for hiking in the woods.

And that is just what we did...Saturday and Sunday.

Of course we took the dogs.
But we had some unexpected company on one of our walks.

Normally Tom and Chuck spend their days up at the chicken houses
visiting with the chickens and the guineas.
As we walked by them on Saturday, they decided to walk along with us.


Up our lane we went... turkeys in tow.


We turned the corner onto the road.
The turkeys followed.


We walked further down the road.
The turkeys followed.


We passed Becky's house.
The turkeys followed.


We passed Becky's barn.
The turkeys kept walking.


Then we headed into our hay field which was still partially snow-covered.
The turkeys stopped.
And waited.
And watched.


By the time we reached the other side of the hayfield,
it was obvious that the turkeys had no intention of heading home.

Afraid to leave them out on the road,
we walked back to them and led them home.


And then we took our hike with the dogs.
And no turkeys!


Look who was sitting in the tree beside the bird feeder this weekend.


It was no surprise that there were no birds
and no squirrels to be seen.
This fellow gave up after about a half hour of patiently waiting
and flew off.
I could not identify what type of hawk this was.
He did not have a red tail....and Red Tail Hawks are the most common around here...
but instead had one that was black and white striped.


On and off the needles:


Sock #1 is finished.  It's mate is started.

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