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Friday’s Farm Fotos

It’s been a while since I posted, so a few of my Friday Farm Fotos seemed like a good place to start.

We’ve been having trouble with our internet connection, which is one reason (among many) that I haven’t been on here so much.  Yesterday the company finally sent someone to check the pole and line that drops to our house, and worked on it.  The guy said it looked like it had been hit by lightning at some point.  I am hoping they have truly found the problem this time!

Now for the pics!

I took this photo this morning.  I was sitting at the table eating breakfast, and a bunch of guineas and a few chickens were out preening in a patch of sunshine.  They looked like they were enjoying themselves!

Then there was our oldest sheep, Coconut, who lives by the adage, “The grass is always greener on the other side.”

Shetland ewe sheep with head through fence

She kind of looks like she’s headless in that picture! I don’t know what was so enticing, considering they have a huge field of unmown grasses and weeds to munch on. It just doesn’t seem like there could possibly be anything different on the other side of that fence, but she seemed to enjoy whatever it was.

Here’s a picture of some of the latest additions to the farm.  A nice friend (Hi Angie!), gave The Farmer some turkey eggs this past summer, and we had 6 eggs hatch in the incubator.  We have 4 wild turkeys, and 2 that are supposed to be Bourbon Reds.

2 Tom Turkeys

From the looks of this, it would appear we have a tom turkey of each variety! Cool!

The wild turkey has been strutting his stuff for a while, but this morning was the first time I’d seen the Bourbon Red turkey do the same. They are dancing around each other, no doubt trying to decide who’s top of the pecking order!

They seem to be talking the situation over here. . .

2 tom turkeys

I think they look pretty neat with their tails fanned out and wings dropping. Looking all turkey macho!

Two Tom Turkeys

And that’s it for today!

Update From The Farm

Time keeps on marching, and here we are in April!  Good Friday, with the Easter weekend coming up.

Around here we don’t have anything special planned.  Some of the family, however, is spending Easter in Paris.

Paris

Paris of course!

That being my oldest son and his wife. Poor kids, all alone in Paris…. yeah, right! You’d think they could have tucked me in a suitcase and taken me along, ha, ha!

Back on the farm where we attend to more mundane matters, The Farmer cut down all the weeds in the back pasture.

The only bad part about that is the fact that now we can see the housing development all too clearly!! I liked it much better when that land was part of a farm and planted in crops.

The trees are throwing out pollen by the bushel, my fig tree has baby figs already, and lots of plants are in bloom.  That includes our “Resurrection Bush”.

blooms on variegated weigela

Technically, that’s a Variegated Weigela, but we call it our Resurrection Bush because I dug up the bush before we sold our last house and moved, and when I planted it here The Farmer declared I was wasting my time because that bush was dead, dead, DEAD.

So every spring when it blooms, I say, “Look honey! My dead bush is blooming!”

And speaking of Resurrection…. check this out….

shetland sheep ewes

The darker-colored ewe on the left is none other than Papaya, the sheep I thought sure was going to die a couple of weeks ago.  She seems to be doing pretty well now, with the exception of obvously having trouble seeing well.  She has a tendency to run into things.

And that’s the update from the farm.   Have a happy Resurrection Sunday / Easter! 
(Or Passover, or just have a great week-end!)

Friday’s Farm Fotos

Another quick post!  I’m trying to finish up the main part of a writing project today!  So here are a few pictures from around the farm this week. . .

We are getting more and more iris blooms in the flower bed around the big oak tree in the front yard.

picture of purple iris bloom

Purple is one of my favorite colors.

At this time of year, it’s easier to see how far up in the oak tree by the end of our driveway that the rambling rose has climbed.  The leaves of the rambler come out before the tree leaves.  Even at that, it’s kind of hard to show up in a picture, since there are so many trees in the background.

Picture of rambler in tree

It's way up there!

It’s pretty impressive when it blooms, but it’s one of those sights that somehow just translate well into a picture.

Nearby, our two dogwood trees are in bloom.  One has the traditional white blooms, and one if a “red” dogwood.

picture of red dogwood blooms

Spring brings dogwood blooms!

The honeysuckle is also blooming, which the hummingbirds love!

picture of Alabama Crimson Tide Honeysuckle blooms

Alabama Crimson Tide Honeysuckle

 Of course, what with everything blooming and producing pollen, there is a lot of stuff clogging up the gutter.  Big clumps of stuff falls out of the trees and lands in the gutters and on plants below.

picture of nandina bamboo

Clumps of tree "pollen" stuff on nandina bamboo.

The sheep are enjoying all this nice, lush spring grass.

pictue of sheep laying in grass

A nice green bed.

And of course, you can also hear the sounds of springs.  The frogs are getting very noisy, both in the pond and in the bog area of the bottom pasture.  The bullfrogs lend a deep bass note, while the smaller frogs put in a tenor note.

picture of frog on edge of pond

Waiting for the next song. . .

And of course, there are the storms of spring… we have a big thunderstorm happening right now, and I have the television on in the living room so if there are storm warnings I’ll hear them.  (I don’t usually think to do that, but The Farmer admonished me this morning before he went off to work to pay attention to the weather warnings….)

It’s a normal springtime.  I miss the lambs and goat kids we used to have, but not the work, or the heartbreak when one dies.

Hope you are enjoying spring wherever you are (unless of course you’re ‘down under’, then .. happy fall!)

Friday’s Farm Fotos

Another week has slipped right by.  Spring is in residence most of the time, although old man winter rousts her out now and then for a light frost or some nippy weather.  But flowers are blooming and birds are nesting and the peacocks are screaming, so it must really be spring!

I saw the first iris blooming in the flowerbed around a big oak tree in our front yard. . .

picture of iris

And the Solomon Seal is starting to put out little dainty bells of bloom . . .

picture of solomon's seal

The Farmer saw some of the pond denizens out enjoying the warmer weather . . .

picture of water turtle

Turtle at the edge of our pond.

The frogs are also hopping all over the place.  I guess they’re just hoppy!

picture of frog in water

A Frog peeking at The Farmer

Another day I saw a bunch of the chickens congregating in the evening.  I’m not sure if it was a chicken conversation or a conversation of chickens.

picture of chickens

Hen Party

It’s not exactly a hen party, because too many roosters are attending this event.

They’re not the only ones who hand out together. Here’s a line-up of the happy hoofers. . .

picture of animals in field

ewe, ewe, llama, ewe, goat. . .

And now I must get back to work.  I am determined to finish up this book project!

Enough Snow Already!

Last night we got more snow.  Nothing like the previous snowfall, but still.  This is the SOUTH, so ….

ENOUGH SNOW ALREADY!!!

picture of maremma sheepdog in snow

Our Maremma sheepdog, Neffie, doesn’t look too thrilled with the snow. I agree with her.

Granted, it’s just a light blanket of snow. . .

picture of field and trees and snow

The sheep don’t care about the snow, whether we got a lot or we get a little.

picture of ewe sheep in snow

It’s not a lot of snow, but it evidently is possible we’ll get more snow this week-end.  sigh…

Enough snow already!