Thursday, July 25, 2013


We've been gifted with a few absolutely perfect days in a row.
After weeks and weeks of intense heat and humidity,
we are currently enjoying sunny days in the 70's with nights in the 50's to 60's.
Perfect weather.

Finally I can spend hours outside doing farm work and not end up feeling like
a rung-out dishrag!

Perfect days followed by perfect evenings are truly a gift this time of year.

I thought you might like to see how we spend our time on these 
temperate evenings.

First a visit with the goats...

Sitting on the ground, watching Sally scratch on a log, I feel a tug on my apron ties.
Lifting my camera over my shoulder I snap a picture
to catch little Gracie in the act.

Fainting goats are typically shy goats.

Even though we spend a good deal of time with ours,
they are slightly wary of us,
and prefer to observe us from afar....

except for the younger ones.

Gracie and Dot are always eager to visit with us.

We usually limit our visits to just one visitor, so Hubbs remained outside
with the dogs and of course the turkeys!

Next stop this evening is the garden.

We'll spend a little time weeding the walkways between the garden boxes,

and watering the plants.

As you can see, we are in the midst of a garden explosion.
There are literally hundreds of tomatoes on the vines.

The pumpkins are almost ripe.

The squash have taken over the walkways.

And the morning glories have finally covered the arch.

Sunflowers surround the playhouse.

And the sunflowers around the perimeter of the garden...

are much taller than me!

Hanging between the sunflowers are canning jar lanterns that I made
with solar lights.
 (A quick and easy project...just remove the stake and plop
light into a Mason jar)

After the garden is tucked in for the night,
it's time to tuck in the turkeys and Milford.

Each night we carry Milford to the barn and put him to bed in one of the empty stalls,
where he waits until we return the next morning.

The horses, donkeys and pigs are fed their bedtime meal.
The chickens are closed safe and sound in the henhouses.
The guineas have flown to the top of Samson (our 200+ year old pine tree) to roost.

The moon rises as the farm is gently lulled to sleep by a soft cricket lullaby.
Another day has come to a close.
Another good day.

All is well.


  1. What a lovely and inspiring place to call home.

  2. What a beautiful way to spend a Summer evening! Your vegetable garden is looking great too!

    Kathy from Tasmania

  3. i just got up not long ago and now i feel like going to bed! milford is too cute!

  4. I loved your garden tour. I really am interested in your asparagus. We have had a devil of a time with ours this year. We have only had them two years and this year we barely had any new growth. We have not harvested any asparagus to give them a chance to mutliply, but we have half the stalks as last year. Do you know the variety you have? I think we might have to dig them up and relocate them and try again.

  5. Loved this post, thanks for sharing an evening at the farm.

  6. Bev, that's a wonderful way to spend an evening! I just adore your garden and all the great ideas you implement throughout. LOVE the lanterns!!

  7. You are living my dream life!! I'm so happy that I found you many years ago and get to live it through your blog! I know the secret of being Happy is accepting where you are in life and making the most out of everyday. Yes, I am happy to read your tales with my coffee every morning! Hugs!!

  8. I love your little lights, what a cute idea. And you now have a pet rooster who seems to follow you everywhere. I hope he stays nice once his big boy hormones kick in. Roosters are pretty cool if they're nice.

  9. What a serene post...Mollie is just loving the cooler temps..She was a wild thing on our walk this AM..You just reminded me to pick my 2 (TWO) tomatoes..It would be a shame if they would just rot on the vine..Happy Day...

  10. Wonderful post and photos ! We are having the cool weather as well I love it ! Thanks for sharing . Have a good day !

  11. Wonderful post and photos ! We are having the cool weather as well I love it ! Thanks for sharing . Have a good day !

  12. I love those mason jar lights, what a great idea! I pretty much gave up on weeding with all the heat, and only attempt it early morn or eve. My garden looks pretty cruddy right now. But yours is quite tidy, good job!

  13. What a beautiful way to end a beautiful day. I love the lighting at that time of night. Very exquisite! Tucking all the animals in for the night....leaves you little time to relax but then being on a farm is fun and relaxing at other times.


  14. What a wonderful evening! Glad you are getting these wonderful nice days to enjoy.

  15. You make it all wonderful, fun, interesting . . . I like the solar lights . . . might give that a try this weekend.

    We are enjoying the perfect weather too!

  16. And a very good night.........


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