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Still Cleaning Up

28 Jul

Of course, July is very hot, so that seems like the best time to do work outside. Right? My dad is cleaning up some of the downed trees in the pasture because he needs dry wood for the winter.

Dad

I’m kind of struggling with this because I get really persnickity about my pasture.  I can’t help it.  I’m trying, but change is hard.

Then he had a bit of time, so he came out and we tackled the walnut tree that was downed in west side of my barnyard during last year’s derecho.

We got it taken care of!

It’s quite the change for the goats.

checking it out

Pretzel

I’m sure Purl is not happy with it being gone.

Purl with her feet up on all that’s left of her tree

All that’s left is to get the logs picked up and burn the scrub stuff.

Tasting my scrub brush pile–notice Purl looking like this is not right

It’s still a nice napping area.

Coral

Victoria

Of course, with the drought, it will be a while before I burn anything.

Farewell Magnolia

1 Sep

I absolutely loved my magnolia tree.

When it was in full bloom, there was nothing more beautiful.

The scent was heavenly.

Although, I’ll never understand why anyone would plant a tree in the middle of three buildings with the electric lines strung between them.

It served as the backdrop for one of my favorite pictures ever.

Millie Ann Saanen

It breaks my heart that the derecho took it out.

My dad and nephew came out this past weekend and finished removing it to have it out of the way when they come to do my electricity (Yeah, I still don’t have electricity to the house, but they have a plan for when they get to it.).

Dad with his trusty chainsaw

Having the tree gone definitely reveals why replacing the greenhouse is on my list of things that need to be done around here.

Now that it’s mostly cleaned out, I’m thinking ahead.  I liked it as a shade flower garden, but I think this might be the solution to me missing my herb garden. I think it has potential for some sage and oregano and strawberries and dill and chives and…

potted sage plant

Sigh. That might make me miss it a little less.

Maybe.

Updates

26 Jun

I thought I’d share some updates on things.  First–Antigone.  Remember she became a unicorn after getting her head stuck.  She’s doing amazingly well.  After just a day or so in the garage, she was back to her usual naughty self.

Antigone

Unfortunatley, she’s still afraid to let me touch her now.  I can’t say that I blame her.  In the picture above, she is standing on the tree they kept falling from on the wrong side of the fence.  My nephew and dad came out with a chain saw, and trimmed it back farther.

Daisy in the tree; Penny by the fence

That helped a lot–except for Daisy.  She fell or jumped over one more time.

I worked on fastening the fence better, and we haven’t had anyone out since then.

Penny, Casey with his head through

Hopefully, that pattern continues. Speaking of fences, Cutie seems to have figured out she can no longer put her head through a fence and get it back out.  Yay for Cutie!  Sadly, Hera needs to figure it out now.  Hopefully, she’s smart enough to figure it out soon.

Hera

Our rainy weather is continuing.  By the time I can get into my garden, I’ll have a hard time getting all the weeds out of it.  (If you look closely and click to make it larger, you can see the rain in the image below.)

robin

You’ll also notice I got my cattle panels put across to protect the garden from Sky.

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