Monday, February 3, 2014

Hens and Chicks

You have to have a sense of humor when you live around here.  

A few weeks ago, Sayre had a broody hen.  He just so happened to also have some bantam eggs, and I had some duck eggs.  So we put all our assets together and you can see what we came up with.

Just so you can get an  idea of the variety of "objects" Mother Fluff-Ruffle had to sit upon for three weeks, you can see the brown egg at the top is a large chicken egg.  The little ones are bantam eggs.

 Bantams are just miniature chickens; usually very brightly colored and the roosters think they are hot stuff....  The bantam roosters are usually the first ones to begin crowing in the morning, and their cah-cu-doodle-doo would register in the high soprano range.  

The large eggs are from ducks.  They are nice to bake with. 

 Mother Fluff-Ruffle is real proud of her little brood.  You have to wonder what she thinks about her progeny.

Here's Tom.  He spends the whole day strutting.  He is really friendly.  He is a heritage breed Bourbon Red turkey.  I'm hoping for "turkeyettes" in the spring~~and Thanksgiving dinner in November.  Of course, we will not be eating Tom.  Or his two hens for that matter.  Just the kids.  That sounds terrible.  

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Happenings In My Neck Of The Woods

It's been a long, long winter.  I feel as if I should be out in the garden trying to get ahead of the weeds before spring planting.  But wait!!!  Even the weeds are cold!  So that gives me a little time to catch up on the spring cleaning inside before moving outdoors!  Here's a few pictures of life on the "farm".

These are the Cats.  They own the place.

Let me introduce you to Marmacet.

The Little mailman.

Collin like to cook at times.

I hope you have a wonderful Wednesday.  Maybe spring will get it's act together soon.

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

The Little Mailman Recieves a Letter! and His Further Adventures

It's been a while since you have heard about the resident mailman.  I thought you might enjoy  a continuation in his little story! 

Our little mailman now has his own letter box  as well as a mail pouch!  He recieves his mail on the back porch of the house because he's too little to go down to the road alone where the family mailbox is located.  He likes to receive letters also!  Someone has sent him a letter!

Savor the moment . . .

 "Look!  A letter with MY name one it!" the little mailman exclaimed!

"Wow!  Look at all those 'numbers' " said he.

"What does it say, Mama?"

Mama replied, "Well dear, lets read it together."

Life is good!


Two days later, another letter arrives for the Little Mailman!

Thank you for joining me today to enjoy this little family tale.

Wednesday, October 27, 2010


 I would love to introduce you to a sweet little girl that has come to live in the pasture.
Her name is Bessie~Dearest. 

 My son, Tristan, got her for me.
In early August, he came home one evening a little later than usual. 
When he came in he said, "Mom, come out here."
Of course my antenna went up immediately!
When I came out, he had the front door of his truck open,
and lying on the floorboard was this little bundle of life!

She is 3/4 Jersey, and 1/4 Holstein.
She's less that a week old in these pictures.
Isn't she precious?

 She has been taking two bottles a day and gets really excited when I appear with her "eats".

 Baby animals, like calves, box as they nurse to cause the milk to come down.
Bessie~Dearest can knock the bottle out of your hand if you don't anticipate it and get yourself braced. 
She is quite powerful, even at such a young age.

 Lila is such a mother to the animals~if they will let her.
Here, she is eaten up with curiosity at this new critter, and is actually licking the milk off her face.

This is not just a calf; this is our future milk supply!
THIS is Bessie~Dearest!

Thank you for visiting!  I love to have you!

Monday, October 18, 2010

The Little Mail Man of Bayberry Lane

 On a recent day, Hamlin and I decided to play "The Little Mailman of Bayberry Lane."
 This has been one of our most favorite "old books" since my children were small.
Needless to say, Hamlin loves it as well. 
 The Little Mailman of Bayberry Lane is a jolly little fellow.
"Now who do we have letters for today?" he asks.
He loves to put letters in the mailboxes of all his neighbors.
He knows they wait anxiously for his appearance in the lane.

Today, Mr. Turtle receives the tulip catalog he had waited for for so long.
 The Little Mailman takes a rest. 
It makes him happy to put lovely letters and parcels in his neighbor's mailboxes.

 Mrs. Goose is out picking bayberries for the bayberry candles she is going to be making.
Mrs. Duck is hoping for a letter from her sister. 
Will it come today?

 Mrs. Pig is waiting at her mailbox.  She never receives any letters, but every morning she hopes for one.

"I wonder why Mrs. Pig never receives any letters.  Maybe it's because she never writes any!"

Of course, I can't tell you what happens after that because you have to read the story for yourself!
But you probably have already guessed that Mrs. Pig does eventually get a letter placed in her mailbox!

 Another good day's work done by the Little Mailman of Bayberry Lane!

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

This N That Around the Farm

 Blackberrying this summer.

This was a great year for blackberries.

The name of these flowers have been a mystery to us since we moved here.
There are no leaves!

I happened to find their name  in a Gurney's catalog!  They are called ~ Mystery Lilies~!
They put on lush, lush foliage in the spring, then in the summer after the leaves disappear, these beautiful lilies bloom!

Hamlin holding his Mystery Lilies, but his great admiration is for his big brother, Collin.

One of the boys found this Lunar Moth.  Isn't it beautifully fashioned?

Two of my lovely girls.

Her eyes are wonder-holders.
I'm not sure what to say about this.  These are, what used to be referred to as "The Little Boys".
Not so little now, but just as goofy!
There were days I would have traded them for girls.  But not recently.

This picture was taken by the missing four-year-old brother. (which explains it's perspective)
Odie the dog is just a great big ole pussy-cat!
There are things you can do in childhood, that you will never be the right size to do again as an older person.
I just love little boys!  Especially MY "Little Boys".