9/28/09

So long, September...

I can't believe it's been so long since I last posted... where has September gone? We had another rainy and humid week last week, but Fall is really in the air now... the next few days are supposed to be dry and much cooler around here. Not really much going on right now... the chicks are growing, the grass still is too, and I've been cleaning out closets and taking some things to Goodwill. The biggest news around here lately- we made a major purchase a couple of weeks ago. Hubby bought some used equipment to cut and bale our own hay. It was quite a bit of money for us to spend up front, but we figured it would be better in the long run to be able to cut our own hay rather than having to keep buying it. Hubby is planning on cutting the field next to the house sometime this week to try everything out, so I'll post some pictures of him and his new toys. (*chuckle*) It won't be long until we will have to get our little honeybees ready for cold weather... Dad is going to help us get our hives "winterized" soon. He checked them last week and was amazed at how well they are doing, and said next spring we might even be able to split the largest one into two separate ones... that would give us three hives total! I feel so blessed!
Here are a few pictures from this chilly Fall morning...

My Silky babies are growing fast....




Cecil peeks at me through the poultry netting...




Somehow Daisy and Edie know when I have my camera and come running... "take my picture, pleeeze?"



Hamburger and the girls are up to no good. (No doubt plotting an escape...)




Baby, Molly, and Dolly aren't too sure about the camera.



Smokey thinks he sees a rabbit.....



Beauty can be found in the strangest places.....



The hay that will soon be cut...


Time for me to visit my bloggy friends now and see what you've been up to!

Happy Monday, everybody!

30 comments:

  1. Hi Paula,

    I ALWAYS enjoy seeing the pictures of all your critters around the farm. The silky babies are getting big. Glad you are getting some fall weather. We had it then this weekend it hit in the mid 90's YUCK...but a cool front has come back in and this morning it is quite breezy and cool. Our high is supposed to hit around 79, much better than the 90's!!

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  2. Hi Paula - I just love your farm! Your little silkies look like puff-balls with eyes! How exciting to be able to do your own hay. The fellow that lives across the road from us has about 300 acres of Tifton horse hay and he sells it to high-dollar horse breeders here in Texas. We have about 70 acres that he's converting from Coastal Bermuda to Tifton (half is already in Tifton). We can't afford the equipment, so HE is doing all the work and paying us a % of the profit. It just makes it so much easier for us right now. He takes good care of it, too, so it's a great benefit for us. We may be able to take over someday, but not right now.

    I love your picture of the hay field with the barn up on the hill - nice shot - I'd love to stroll up that hill or have a picnic right in the middle of the pasture! It's supposed to get a little cooler here this week, too, down to the mid 80's and maybe the mid 50's at night. Texas, ya know. We've had Christmas's wearing shorts a few times. Looks kinda funny in our photos opening presents in shorts! Have a great week!

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  3. So fun to visit and I truly enjoyed the picture of your dog looking as in anticipation.

    Blessings,
    Yolanda

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  4. Everything looks wonderful...the chicks are so cute! Smokey looks to be enjoying the new fall weather, and the sheep have just stolen my heart!
    Congratulations on the purchase!
    Hope that you enjoy a wonderful week.
    Blessings,
    Pam

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  5. OH Paula, I missed you and your fuzzy bottoms!

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  6. I always get such a homey, peaceful feeling when I "visit" your farm! There is such simple beauty in your pictures and the portrayal of your life.

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  7. Welcome back, missed seeing the animals and reading your daily journey/s.

    Those little fuzzies are so cute, just want to reach out and hug one, or two, okay maybe all of them...

    Love your sheep, can you believe, Hubby asked me a few days ago if I'd like sheep? Wonder, if I bought some and placed them in the barn if he'd notice. LOL He asked me, what I'd do with them, I told him; rack of lamb, lamb chops, ground lamb, I don't want to step on his toes by telling you all what his reply was, well, he won't mind; "much" Lamb chops, from sheep, yes, honey lamb chops come from sheep... I think he knew this and was just pulling my leg... ;)

    Blessings,
    Mel

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  8. I have two silkie hens. One is not laying yet, and the other just recently started laying. She is sitting on one egg, but I'm not sure if it's going to hatch. I took some of her first ones and put in the incubators, but they started leaking. I hope it does hatch. I'd love some silike chicks.

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  9. Hi Paula, Thank you for the tour around your farm. How sweet your animals are and that hay field is so pretty. That's wonderful news about the success of your bees! Hope all the new equipment works just fine. I'll be checking back to see the photos! Have a wonderful Autumn day.

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  10. so, was that field a hayfield before? How much hay do you go through in a year?? I often wondered the numbers involved. I am a bad guessimator, so I don't know how much space it takes to make a bale. I'm assuming your do the regular bales and not the giant ones you have to fork around...

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  11. Beauty can be found..on blogging with new friends like you. I wish I had some of those cute fuzzy babies...so cute! Your animals are all so sweet..thanks for sharing :D

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  12. Paula,
    Each and everytime I visit you, I long to live on a farm just like you. Such beautiful surroundings with your animals and all! LOVE IT!

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  13. New equipment for hay harvesting, you ARE blessed! The animals are so cute and all the fuzzy bottoms must keep you very happy. Did you ever wash and card your wool?

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  14. Hi Paula:
    I love seeing your pictures of your farm and your animals. The chicks are so cute!!
    Do you have a problem with mice there? Our neighbors just harvested their alfalfa, plus with our chickens and pigeons...we are getting an influx of mice. I hate them!!

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  15. The chicks are so cute and big! Congrats to your hubby on his new "toy"! I had no idea you had to winterize the bees, very interesting!

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  16. love your blog -we share the same last name Fraker, im on long island ny and was searching my last name on google - my wife loves your blog too - you 2 have alot of similar tastes/interests
    will keep checking in and also read some old posts - Paul Fraker

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  17. I was just thinking of you today and then...yay! You posted! I was afraid you'd been washed away! Your babies are so sweet and growing. I'm so glad fall is coming...48 degrees here tonight...you'll probably be a little cooler up there, though. TTYL!

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  18. Hi Paula,
    Your photos all make me wish I lived there! Your silkie chicks are precious.
    Blessings,
    Lorilee

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  19. Sounds like lots of busy things going on on the Fraker Farm! I'm glad to see that fall is here, too~I'm plain tired of hot weather. We had lots of rain, too, but the last few days have been beautiful!

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  20. Hi Paula,
    I've missed you! Lots going on in your little corner of the world. I love all the animal pics....the siky babies are soooo cute!!
    Happy Fall to you....send some of that fall weather my way please :)
    Tracey

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  21. GLad things are going well there...enjoyed looking at your pictures! Stop over for a visit on my farm. :)

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  22. Autumn for those of us in the country has a nice settling in feeling doesn't it? Your chickens are unique characters - our cluckers are pretty much all the same - 8 red hens who produce eggs galore! Sheep looking good and lovely pasture - but of course Smokey is the scene stealer. Good to have you back blogging -

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  23. Hi Paula!! I do so enjoy your photos and posts. I am excited to see some pictures of your hay. How exciting for you and hubby! 3 hives, woohoo! How wonderful. Have a great week!!!

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  24. Hi, Miss Paula!
    I just love your new hay cutter! I think that is the neatest idea - to cut your own hay. I'll bet it's going to be so neat with all those hay bales sitting around your property! When I was a little girl, my cousin and I used to climb up on them and have picnics watching the cows in the field... thanks for the memory!

    If your pup catches the rabbits, can you send him down here? Ours apparently ignore them and since hubby built the hen house, they've been getting in my garden!!! They've stripped our plants bare! UGH!!!

    Got to say it again, those sheep are beautiful!!!

    Blessings,
    Julie

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  25. Hey, girlfriend! It has been a while, hasn't it? I empathize; busy, busy, busy! Plus this dial-up is making me crazy..... I love fall. It is the best time. I love going to the festivals, seeing all the crafts and prims. And the funnel cakes, caramel apples, and candy corn!!!! The rendevous at Lacey Park is always one of the best activities of the year.....Wish I could take you with me........***sigh***

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  26. Hi Paula, very nice post. I love seeing all of your babies. As much as I hate to think about it, it is about time to winterize around here too. I love fall, but hate winter. Do you think we could go straight from fall to spring? LOL Enjoy making your first hay! Winona

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  27. Oh,,,I've been meaning to tell you that my neighbor has some baby fuzzy bottoms about the size of yours. They are so darn cute I can't stand it!!
    I love to see pictures of your animals and lovely farm. Isn't fall great?

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  28. Hello Sweet Paula,
    I always enjoy coming to your blog and seeing your pictures of all your cute little babies. Those silky babies are growing up fast. Last week I went to the Los Angeles County Fair and I thought of you when I went to the chicken exhibit. They had Silky babies too.
    Have a great day!
    ~Ann

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  29. Hi Paula, coming to visit and to see your barn critters always makes me smile! We were having fall weather last week, however, the past few days have been hitting to 103. Just love seeing all of the farm animals. blessings,Kathleen

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