Wednesday, July 20, 2016


It's 6:30 in the morning and morning chores are finished.
The sun is just peaking above the hills;

quickly burning off the pre-dawn fog.

The garden is just waking up and I hear the hum of pollinators
busily flitting from blossom to blossom.

The dew on the asparagus fronds reminds me of frost.
(A condition to which I am not anxious to return!)

Watering was done the previous night and will be repeated this evening as well.

We are reaping the rewards daily...
with meals that include green beans, squash, spinach, tomatoes, cucumbers and more.

The morning glories have just opened their smiling faces to greet the day...

capturing the rising sun in their centers.

The horses are in after a night of grazing.
We've been letting them out in the front pasture during the night hours
so that they can graze without bothersome flies and without annoying fly masks.

Once back in the dry lot, fly masks are on and they are ready for a morning of napping.

Ollie falls asleep with his fly mask half off.

The animal enclosures have all been cleaned, waters have been changed, 
and food has been distributed.

I walked the sheep back down to the bee yard.
They've been spending half of each week there and half in their own yard.

The bee yard is the coolest of all the pasture areas as it is shade-covered from noontime onward.

With a lack of recent rain, we are trying to keep from over-grazing a single area.

The Roos are out on patrol.
They spend most of their days around the farmhouse...
foraging for birdseed on the ground beneath the feeders...
crowing incessantly!

I love the early morning hours on the farm...
Peaceful, cool, and bug-free!

It's going to be another hot and humid day here on the farm.
I will be working on some indoor projects during the afternoon hours with a couple visits to the animals in between.  Later, as the sun sets I will tend to the garden once again.


The JR said...

A very busy morning. Love your place.
Glad you must be feeling better.

Happy Hump Day

Ramona from Crystal Springs, MS

littlemancat said...

Early morning - a wonderful time of the day. Your pics are lovely, especially like the spider web woven between the two tall weeds/flowers. Love the Grandpa Ott's morning glories - we have them too. A beautiful shade of purple.
Hope that the virus has departed!


Debra She Who Seeks said...

That final photo is superb!

jaz@octoberfarm said...

this is why i get up so early in the morning. i love being wide awake when the sun comes up. i am also dreading the heat wave we will be getting.

Missy George said...

Early mornings and sunset are the only times to be outside this time of year...More to come, I'm afraid..Tired of watering but the garden loves it !..Have a good day...xxoo


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