Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Quiet Autumn Days

One of my favorite times to sit and unwind is during feeding time.
There is such a calm, peaceful feeling in the barn when all is quiet
but the sound of chewing.


Each morning, after spending a few hours in the pasture, 
the equines head back to the barn for their chow.
Being such creatures of habit, they come back to the barn automatically.


Moonbeam and the Littles eat their chow in stalls,


while Donnie and Scarlet eat outside.


Separating them prevents thievery!

I sit on the stoop of the backdoor to the barn, while Sammy sits practically on my lap...


Annie finds a rug in the workshop.
(She has been staying with me... no running off... since wearing her "good girl" collar.)


Every single day, when finished with his chow, Moonbeam sticks his head out of the stall
and scratches his neck on the door....


Back and forth and back and forth, up and down and up and down...
every single day!


This autumn weather we have been enjoying has given me
a renewed enthusiasm for decorating and redecorating (re-purposing).


Yesterday's project was this old shutter.
I painted the inner panel of the top section with chalkboard paint,


turning the shutter into a chalkboard...grocery list.
(This chalkboard will become a menu for the bar at next summer's farm wedding.)


I also redecorated our old icebox.


Is there anything that makes you feel homier than fresh baked pie?

19 comments:

  1. I love chalkboards! We have one on our lanai that we use for special occasions and parties. I might have to come up with another one for the kitchen now!
    We used an electronic collar when we had our lab. Really enforced the voice commands during the awkward teenage months. Annie does look quite pitiful though...

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  2. Ann and Joe both love the smell of a barn..
    The chalkdoor is such a great idea...."honey, don't forget the shopping list". Not!

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  3. The shutter turned out really neat! Great chalkboard. Your decorations look wonderful as always. You have a gift. I love fall decorating. Annie doesn't look too happy that her wings have been clipped it. I'm sure Sam doesn't mind sharing his collar . Have a great day.

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  4. Oh, that scale. Be still my heart. ♥ April

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  5. Love the shutter! Looks like a perfect Fall day too me! I think Fall has arrive, temps have cooled in the mornings and staying moderate during the days! Love Fall!! Hugs!!

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    1. Thanks, June. I have a chalkboard obsession, I think I might need an intervention!

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  6. Such cute decor! Love the pig.

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  7. Hi Beverly,
    I love the chalkboards and the sweet pig holding one. The scale is great!
    So good to see dear Moonbeam, she looks so contented... And Annie's eyes, what a great photo!
    Enjoy your week
    Penny

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  8. animals sure do like schedules! i love the scale i your kitchen!

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  9. Nice post . . . love the hydrangea color . . .

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    1. Thank you....I love this type of hydrangea, and each year our bush gets more and more blooms. These dry very nicely, too!

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  10. I love this post!! Just reading about your mid-morning routine in the barn relaxed me...I too, absolutely love to sit quietly and listen to the horses chewing. So peaceful. And yes, creatures of habit for sure - they're so funny!! Your decor is just beautiful - I love the comfortable, homey feel of it all. And yes, there's nothing quite like pie...dear Lord, how I love pie!! You have wonderful and inspirational ideas. When I get back from vacation, I hope I catch the "bug" and get busy cozying our home for Autumn.

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    1. I guess it's the cold weather...but Autumn always makes me eager to cozy our home. I suppose partly because now we start spending more and more time indoors. If you're ever in the neighborhood....please do stop for a piece of pie!!

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  11. Just discovered your blog this week. I'm enjoying catching up! I have four donkeys and LOVE to sit and listen to them chew. Great time to be 'part of the herd'!

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    1. Welcome, Wendy! Love being part of the herd!! Donkeys are the best, aren't they?

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  12. Hi Beverly,
    I was sure I had left a comment here.. Anyway, I just love Sammy's sweet face and soulful eyes.. What a great post... I always enjoy viewing you beautiful photos of the farm..
    Enjoy your week.
    Blessings,
    Penny

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    1. You did, indeed, Penny....so glad you stopped by! Yes, Sammy does have a sweet, soulful face. Our "bad" Sammy has become our good Sammy. Imagine that!

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