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The Garden

27 Jul

I’m sort of trying to keep up with the garden, but this has not been a good year to try and garden between the drought and the deer.  This corn is so pathetic. I can’t believe it has little ears on it.

sweet corn

As a bonus, the dragonfly likes the corn.

I’m afraid the tomato plants are dying.  Hopefully all those tomatoes will be able to ripen before they completely dry up.

I left some volunteer squash plants growing, and I had no idea what kind.  This one looks like a spaghetti squash.  That’s good since I didn’t plant any of them.

I did get nice turnips.  I promise I really tried to find recipes to like, but I am not a fan of turnips. I can very definitely say that now.

The reason I planted turnips was to try canning my own vegetable stock.  I got the turnips, but that was about it.  I decided to just buy carrots and celery and try it anyhow.  It seems to have turned out pretty good.  I just need to try it in a recipe (but it’s too hot for soup right now).

I also am optimistic that I’ll have a good potato harvest since this one was just right there on top of the ground.

That would be good since I ordered a potato French Fry Cutter.  It works pretty slick.

Hopefully, I have a lot of potatoes to use it on.

Summer Critters

4 Jul

There have been lots of summer critters around the farm lately.

Dragonfly in front of the windmill

admiral on the corn

monarch

I’ve enjoyed seeing all of them fluttering around.

And I know the white gooseneck flowers are not technically critters, but I do like them.  They are one of the few flowers that the goats, dogs, and neglect haven’t killed in my yard.

Miscellany

15 Jul

I actually took the time to just go for a walk the other day because I was hoping to photograph some of the many butterflies I’ve been seeing.  Unfortunately, they didn’t cooperate.  I caught one monarch in flight, but that was it for the butterflies.

The dragonflies were not much better.  But they are huge this year!  I could even catch them mid-flight.

I did finally get one to sit still while I photographed it–from below.

The goats were out in pasture.

Love me some goat eye.

Cutie

This is usually my view in pasture.  Myson constantly walks directly in front of me.  Silly boy.

Myson

I’m still seeing lots of meadowlarks.

I was really excited to see that I accidentally walked by a juvenile bobolink, and it didn’t fly.

Mr. Bobolink, however, was really concerned, so he flew closer.

He’s losing his breeding color now, so I probably won’t recognize him anymore.  Until next year…

Back in the barnyard, Ringo waits for his mom to come back so he can eat.

Ringo

Snow White is also still shut in the north paddock since I’m milking her maa.  She’s still not happy, but she has finally settled down.

Snow White (those ears!)

I adore my Pluto!  I wish he were in the barnyard with everyone else, but I’m sure he’s happier staying with his brother.

Pluto

Finally, Aurora.  She shouldn’t eat and spit.

Aurora

It’s not a good look.