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Checking the Hay Field

8 Jul

With all the rain, it’s been difficult for farming.  My corn is not happy.  That yellow means decreasing yields.  It needs time to dry out.

It also means we’ve been waiting to make hay for several weeks now.  I took a couple walks out in pasture to see if it was dry enough to make hay.

Of course, it was also a good excuse to go out and take pictures. Since the goats haven’t been back there, I haven’t been either.

dragonfly (I have no idea what kind)


queen anne’s lace


black eyed susan

Eastern kingbird

lamb’s ear (it never gets to bloom when goats are around)

thistle blossom (the goats usually take care of these too)

sunshine through willow bokeh

red headed woodpecker


The good news is that I think we can actually mow now!


25 Dec

There’s nothing more beautiful than hoarfrost.  We had a beautiful display on Christmas Eve.

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I hope all of you celebrating this holiday season had a wonderful time.

Because of the holidays, I’ve extended the deadline for joining Friday’s Hunt this week, so you can still enter until tomorrow at 7pm (central standard time).  I’ve also posted next week’s list if you’d like to join us then.

Friday’s Hunt v2.15

7 Oct

Welcome back to Friday’s Hunt.  I want to thank everyone who joined in last week.  I had a lot of fun visiting everyone who linked up.  It’s very simple.  Anyone can participate.  The link opens at 7pm Central time and will close Sunday at 7pm, so you have plenty of time to enter. Hopefully, you’ll be inspired to visit some of the other entries.

If you didn’t participate this week but would like to next week, the topics will be:  Starts with P, Week’s Favorite, and whole.  I will always keep a list of the items for the coming week in my sidebar at the top. I am crazy busy with teaching and working on the farm right now, but I will make sure to visit all participants.  Without further ado, here’s my interpretations for the week.

Starts with O:  The Great Outdoors!  I love this time of year.  We have just started to see hints of color in the leaves, but the corn fields are turning, and harvest is under way (not on my farm yet, but it has started around the area).  This is my pumpkin patch!  Yep.  It’s all water hemp and a couple of thistles. At least that keeps the goldfinches happy. There are actually pumpkins in there too, but you can’t easily get to them.  We are cutting them and taking them up to the pumpkin patch building.


Week’s Favorite:  I have to go back to last weekend at the pumpkin patch for my favorite.  With the calendar changing to October and cooler weather, we were quite busy this weekend.  I got to see family and friends and strangers and it was nice.  It was busy enough that I had to spend some time restocking my inventory for this weekend.


Eyes:  I llove those big lliquid llama eyes.



He looks pretty much camouflaged next to the dry beans.


Now it’s your turn!