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Blossoms and Stuff

24 Apr

My trees are still blooming and beautiful!

crabapple blossom

crabapple blossom

SOOC apple blossom

SOOC apple blossom

SOOC apple blossom

SOOC apple blossom

crabapple blossom

crabapple blossom

apple blossom

apple blossom

SOOC cherry blossom

SOOC cherry blossom

The dandelions are out in their full beauty too.

Dandelion

Dandelion

Today was a bit windy.  André’s ears and wattles were both blowing in the wind.

SOOC André

SOOC André

I made labels for my lotion.  It’s not perfect, but I can live with it.

lotion_5778ews

Meg is the featured goat.  lotion label_5779ews

I played with the image below to make it look more like a drawing.

SOOC Meg

SOOC Meg

I also have my labels done for the Smoky Patchouli soap, which is a new fragrance.  It’s been busy around here, but in a good way!

smoky patchouli soap_5815ews

I do hope you’ll consider coming back next weekend to join me for Friday’s Hunt.  The items for next week are listed at the top of my sidebar.

I’m sharing with SOOC Sunday, Macro Monday, Shadow Shot Sunday, Monday Mellow Yellows, and The Good. The Random. The Fun.

The Best of Spring Random 5

17 May

1.  I have been walking every evening in the pasture, and I have so many pictures of great finds that I haven’t been able to post them all.  I might be a bit long on pictures, but it really has been the best week or so ever for spring pictures!  If I could, I would spend my entire day in the Back Forty taking pictures and enjoying nature.  Of course, my poor Reva thinks I should have a bottle with me the moment she sees me in the pasture.  It really vexes her to have to wait until later to get her bottle.

male bobolink

male bobolink

male bobolink

male bobolink

2.  Marley is a goofball.  I finally convinced my son to hold the big boys for me to trim their hooves by telling him they weren’t in rut (and not peeing on themselves).  I led Fionn out and hooked his collar to the fence and trimmed him without the boy even holding him.  Of course, part way through Marley comes over and started watching from the other side of the fence.  The I felt it.  Yep, he decided to go all dominant buck and spray.  After finishing Fionn, we tried to get Marley.  The naughty look sparkling in those eyes!  He decided to show Boeris how dominant he was.  Boys!  We never did catch him to trim his hooves, but he had fun bouncing around.

female bluebird

bluebird

bluebird pair

bluebird pair

3.  I’ve been working diligently all week to revise my fantasy novel.  Then it goes in for round two of edits.  I’ve had a lot of good feedback from the first novel, Consent, but I really did rush the process.  I was afraid I’d chicken out if I didn’t keep pushing forward.  This one, I’m really enjoy the fantasy/romance genre.  I’m taking a lot more time with it, and I think the results will be even better.  Of course, it isn’t for young readers this time.  Since it’s a slower process and I still want to post occasionally on my author’s Facebook page (link in sidebar), I’ve been making quotes, you know, instead of revising.

cherry blossom quote

cherry blossoms

apple blossoms

apple blossoms

4.  For the first time, I found a morel mushroom in my pasture.  Actually, I found two!  I’m excited and hopefully I’ll get to try preparing them in some delicious manner.

morel mushroom

morel mushroom

bird nest

random bird’s nest

5.  The farmer’s market where I take my soaps begins on May 24th.  I’ve decided to turn some of my pictures from this spring into note cards.  I don’t know if I’ll have them for the first market, but I’m looking forward to adding them to my table and my virtual market.  I might do a series of blossoms, one of  birds and maybe even a series of cute mammals.  Of course, goat note cards are a given.

squirrel

squirrel just hanging out at home

raccoon

raccoon

I really am having a hard time getting anything productive done with all this spring beauty in the Back Forty.

Linking to Random 5 Friday, Nurture Photography, and Weekly Top Shot.

Busy Weekend

13 May

We had beautiful weather yesterday, so I spent a lot of time outside.  I finally started working in my garden.  Yes, this is really the first I’ve worked on it this year.

garden brush

I got most of the old dead weeds piled up, but there’s a bit more.  Weather permitting, I’ll have a large bonfire in the next couple of days.  I still need to pick up the remains of last year’s planting (don’t judge me, 2012 was a rough year).

apple blossom

While working in the garden, I did notice the apple blossoms are just about to open.

apple blossoms

I keep watching my big shade trees.

maple leaves

With the warmer weather, they are finally starting to get some leaves.

cardinal in maple tree

That’s a good thing.

pasture sunset

I wanted to move the bovine to the Back Forty this weekend, but I had to wait.

sunbathing cow

Maxine is enjoying the sunny weather today.

Gelbvieh cow

Our temperature tomorrow is supposed to be 95*F.   I can’t move them until they have some nice shade trees completely leafed out.

cattle and llama

For now they will have to use their cattle shed for shade.

cattle shed

The goats have their barn for shade.  They all have tanks with plenty of water.

goats playing

Hopefully, I can get them back there in the  next couple of days.  Okay, after we get past our one really hot day.  They’ll all be happier when they have shade trees.

That heat is also going to be very hard on my really pregnant goats.

doe goat

With the up and down temperatures, some of them still have at least part of their winter coats.  This wet month has also been hard on their feet.  My son was good to me and held some goats yesterday while I trimmed hooves.  That’s all I wanted for Mother’s Day!  We’re supposed to finish that task this evening.

Linking to Clever Chick’s Blog Hop, Homestead Barn Hop, Ruby Tuesday 2, Barn Charm, and Tuesday Muse.