Summer is here.
She arrived on Saturday and brought her evil stepsisters,
Heat and Humidity, along with her!
Actually, although it is warmer and more humid,
it has not been bad at all.
All of the gardens were watered by a night of rain on Friday.
Luckily, we had gotten two loads of hay stowed in
the barn before the rains came.
The hay arrived right after we had gotten the horses back to the barn from
a night in the pasture.
It's fun to watch Moonie slowly make his way back to the barn...
exhausted... too tired to even hold his head up.
Even the presence of the hay elevator didn't stop him
from heading in for breakfast and a nap.
Moving hay was a family affair this time,
with Becky and Rob and the kids helping...
we moved 200 bales of hay into the hayloft in just an hour.
There have been times when just Hubbs and I have had to do it
by ourselves... and it's a lot of work.
Having all of this help was wonderful.
Saturday morning I headed out to get some local strawberries.
The traffic was horrendous!
Saturday afternoon, our friend, Elena, brought her seven hens
to join our flock. Sadly, she is moving to Michigan,
and cannot take her hens with her.
By Sunday afternoon, the girls were relaxed enough to venture
out of their house for a mealworm snack.
Sunday was a quiet day here on the farm.
After morning chores, I busied myself with weeding the asparagus patch.
It's amazing how filled with weeds it can get in just
a few weeks' time.
There, that's much better.
We are absolutely inundated with sugar peas.
I was able to pick a few pounds of them yesterday,
and also the first of the raspberries were ripe.
I froze these, and will continue to do so,
until I have enough to make a batch of jam.
There is nothing quite as wonderful as the colors of summer!
Bee balm always looks a little like an alien flower to me.
The view across the road from our farm...
Old buckets filled with flowers...
where once there was one little plant...
now there is a bucketful!
I did a little sewing this weekend...
another twirly dress for Mackenzie -
and some todder-sized masks -
All in all, it was a pretty full weekend...
and a great start to summer.