Tuesday, August 21, 2018


At some point over the past two days,
summer looked away and set her sights on southern latitudes.
Cool breezes blew in, lifting the oppressive humidity that we have lived with 
for the past several weeks.

Rainy season continues with occasional sprinkles,
but there is definitely a change in the air.

Even though we are a month away from the change of seasons,
there is no denying that there is a change in the air.
The days are shorter.
The blackbirds are starting to gather in flocks.
As the morning sun breaks through hazy skies,
freshly-spun, dewy spiderwebs catch the sun's rays,
and reflect them to my eyes like strands of rhinestones.

The signs are subtle, but enough to whet my appetite for everything that Autumn brings.

The cooler weather is to continue this week,
and I can honestly say, I am not disappointed!

With temperatures predicted in the 70's and 80's, we decided that it might be the perfect
time to move the young chickens, that we've been raising since May,
into their permanent home with the rest of our hens.

In a flurry of excitement, squawking, and flying feathers,
we gathered up each of the young hens and placed her into a crate
in the back of the gator.

We carefully transported them to the upper side of the farm
and opened the crates in their new home.

By noontime, they had ventured outside into their yard
and had introduced themselves to the older hens.

As for the three young roosters that were part of the flock...
they were moved to the frat house.

They have their own coop far away from the girls and our older roosters.
Should anything happen to the older roosters, we will move the young roosters
 back into the flock of hens.

For now, however, they will remain in the frat house.

You might remember that we moved our white Muscovy duck, Mrs. Magilicutty,
 from the pond to the duck hut by the barn last week.
Well, after a week of staying in their yard so that she would identify it as home,
we opened up and allowed everyone back out to free-range.

It looked as though she was content to stay...

until about 11 AM, when she was seen back down at the pond once again.

This is not a battle that we are going to fight.
Mrs. M. wins.
If she wants to stay at the pond, she can stay at the pond.

While at the pond yesterday, we noticed a new family had moved in.
Another female mallard and her babies are calling the pond home.

We now have no shortage of pond ducks (or barn ducks, either!)

Yesterday was the first afternoon that was comfortable enough to work in the garden.
I sat beneath the archway of beans and picked more speckled cranberry beans.

My faithful buddies weren't far away.

This week we have another buddy to accompany us on chores...
Black Sammie is staying for a week while his family goes to the beach.

I have been doing a lot of stitching in my free time,
and finished this little girl yesterday...

I finished this one earlier this past weekend.


GeorgiaHoneyBee said...

I love your stitching! So pretty!!

Lynne said...

I so enjoy the peeks into your life . . .
Giggled at the “frat house” bit . . .
Grand life you have Beverly . . . makes me happy . . .
Hope the pond families thrive, enjoy . . .
Enjoy these days leading to the golden hues . . .

daisy gurl said...

Thanks for the heads-up about autumn whisperings...Looking forward to the changes to come.

Karen Ann said...

I am loving the break in humidity. After these past few weeks I've decided I will never move down south year round - ever.

Your stitch work is beautiful. I'm looking for handwork to do during cold winter nights, might try this.. looks not too complicated.

Missy George said...

Happy Ducks..nice that your population has increased..Cute images that you are working on..adorable..A little cooler but still humid and buggy..one down, two to go!!

tnquilt said...

Do you share patterns for your wonderful stitching?


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