Monday, October 10, 2011

A Glimpse of Our Weekend

I have so much to share with you this morning!
We had a magnificently beautiful weekend...
misty, moist mornings that eventually burned off into sunny autumn splendor.
Mild temperatures and dry breezes were a welcome change.

The weekend started on a bit of a sad note as we said goodbye to old Jack.

Smilin' Jack ( AKA Action Jackson)was the eldest of our fainting goats
 and the patriarch of the does.
He was kind and gentle and loved Ritz crackers more than anything.
Jack developed uremia......
(renal stones had him blocked, 
urine backed up into his kidneys, 
leading to toxins in his blood....a condition that we could not treat, 
due to the fact that he had been banded instead of castrated as a buckling...
before we owned him)

We are very sad over the loss....we will miss him tremendously!

The rest of the weekend was perfect.
We spent Saturday at a local "Heritage" festival.
Here are a few pictures that I snapped while there...

This one is my favorite.
I call it "Waiting".
And because it needs to be seen as large as possible,
I am doing just that....

My mouth was watering over the antique tractors....

A local family entering the festival...
("Everyone" in the county attended, I swear!)

There was a wonderful flea market at the festival....
a great source of props for some crazy pictures.
 Amanda and her beau, Tim,
never pass by an opportunity for an unusual picture.
I swear they were only teasing!

The following pictures I snapped on Sunday morning during chore time.
Autumn color...

A web of dew.... 

The last of the zinnias... 

Dew on leaf.... 

Sunrise in a single drop... 

The promise.... 

Why bees love flowers.... 

Fuzzy stem.... 

What happens when fairies hold still for even a moment.... 

Take a moment today to find something small and beautiful!
And have a great day!


  1. So sorry about Jack's passing.

    Great shots!

  2. I'm sorry about your goat. He was very handsome indeed.

    It looks like a fun family outing and I enjoyed all your photos.

  3. Sorry about JAck..Seems to me he's had that problem for a long time, or was it another goatie??? Great dew pictures ...I love the way the spider webs look on a dewy morning..

  4. Very beautiful close up photos!

    Bev, stop by my blog to enter for a giveaway.

  5. Sorry to hear of your loss of Jack at least you know he was happy at your farm.
    Awesome photos. Try to have a good day.

  6. Sorry to hear about Jack. Hard to lose one of our 4 legged babies. Really enjoyed your pictures!

  7. So sorry to hear about Jack, I know you will miss him.

    I have to say these are probably some of your most fabulous that one of the Amish family and of course all the last shots...the fairy is pretty amazing....well, you are just amazing with that camera!

  8. Sorry to hear about Jack, I am sure that he lived a happy life on your farm. He is now kicking back and eating his Ritz crackers and smiling down on the farm.

  9. So Sorry to hear about your Jack. My sympathies
    to you all. It's hard to see a animal pass on.
    I love your photos. Did you get a new camera or are you trying out a new lens?
    They are exquisite.
    Thanks For sharing with the blog world.

  10. What a wonderful post- loved the shot of the buggy's and the fairy!
    So sorry to hear about Jack.
    Blessings to you this week!

  11. I sure wished I could have attended the Heritage Festival. It looks like my kind of event. So sorry to hear about Jack. It's funny how our animals become family. Hugs to you!

  12. So sorry to hear you lost Jack. The pictures are really beautiful!

  13. I'm so sorry to hear about Smilin' Jack. (I'm in love with his name).

    And I agree 100% with Ginny.


  14. So sorry about Jack. That is always my greatest fear with my wethers. I lost one before that was castrated and not banded. My two boys that were banded are nearly ten and have never had a problem (hope I didn't just jinx them)Doesn't appear to be any easy answer to why the boys get it. So sad.

  15. Lovely photos.
    Sorry about Jack. He was blessed to be at Bee Haven.

  16. I'm very sad to hear about Smilin' Jack. It's hard to lose the animals we come to love. I'm glad you gave him a happy home. The photos are lovely.

  17. Aww I'm sorry to read about your old Jack...such a shame. I'm sure the 'girls' are feeling his loss too. Beautiful photo' the Amish photo's especially the one with the carriages. I've always loved your photo's but I'm REALLY looking forward to seeing what you do with your 'good' camera. Have fun!
    Maura :)

  18. So sorry to hear of Jack's passing...he looked like a very sweet goat. Love your new camera...the photos are fantastic.


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