Final Farm Fotos of 2010: Wintry Morn'

Things aren't always as they seem in pictures...  
For example, take this peaceful wintry morning scene.

What you didn't see happening in the foreground-
 Two spoiled, hungry sheep making a desperate attempt to get at the feed bucket I was holding.

*Sigh*... so much for the peaceful wintry morning scene.

Want to see more of this beautiful December morning?
Here is the view from inside the sheep barn.

Meanwhile, inside the house, Sleeping Beauty (Lily) has decided that Hubby's chair, which is conveniently located next to the warm wood stove, is the place she needs to be.

All the time.

Every year has it's highs and lows, and 2010 was certainly no different here on the farm... the new year last January came in with a big surprise from Lucy, who gave us twin lambs on mine and hubby's wedding anniversary... but sadly, we lost sweet Lucy in July. We also said goodbye to my beautiful Belle on Thanksgiving Day, something I just couldn't bring myself to post about at the time, and it still makes me a little sad to go to the silkie coop and not see her there...
On a brighter note, Hubby and I were blessed to buy the equipment necessary to be able to put up our own hay for the animals and also make a little extra money in the process. We were also able to build the sheep barn of our dreams this year, and it's been such a wonderful feeling to know the woollies are comfortable and dry and there is plenty enough hay to feed them for the winter. Our scaled back garden was also a nice change of pace, especially after having one of the hottest summers on record in 2010. Despite the heartbreak of losing our own bees, we were still able to enjoy the beekeeping process through my Daddy, whose stand of bees yielded nearly 9 gallons of honey this year.
Even though it's a little sad to put another year in the history books, 2011 is a brand new adventure just waiting around the corner!
Happy New Year, dear bloggy friends!


  1. It is sad to see another year go by, but like you we also had our ups and downs through the year.
    I will pray that we have more ups in 2011 but one can never know from day to day.
    Have a great day.

  2. Your pictures are beautiful!! I havent' really been looking back but I've been looking forward to 2011. Lots of changes coming for us here in the Hall household. But yet, looking forward to the end result of it all.
    Patty H

  3. It's been a pretty boring year here and I like that way! I am sorry for you losses and happy for the new additions. I have so enjoyed reading your blog and getting to know you and your farm family. I really love the addition of Lily whom I hope you feature a lot in 2011. Happy New Year my friend and many blessings on you and your family.

  4. Ahhhh, so sorry about the sad changes around there sweetheart!
    I am SO glad you are in my life...

  5. I love your photos, the sky is so gorgeous and your land, what beauty you possess.

    Your stories are so touching to my heart both your joy and sorrow. We get so attached to our furry and feathered families. Each have such personalities, just like humans. May God lift your spirits with new exciting wonders this year on the Fraker farm.

    Okay, now that is one spoiled puppy baby... she has found utopia. No sheep herding for her... she will be the farm mascot from your hubby's chair. Can you guess who lost a chair. If you were perplexed about an anniversary present for your hubby. Its a new chair... yep....

    I pray your farm brings you much joy this coming year, I will be with you every step of the way from here reading about your experiences.

    God Bless you all in the coming year.

  6. What a beautiful sunrise! God just sends us blessings in the most beautiful colors.
    You ain't kidding about the adventures of 2011. You've got puphood to go through! LOL. Sweet Lilly snuggling in Pops chair..awww, how sweet.

  7. Lily is my favorite kind of dog. Boxers are the most loving, attention craving critters I know! I'm sure you will have a grand time with her. Take care in the New Year and God Bless.

    Ardith of Green Country

  8. Great photos. Like that your "puppy" is all warm and comfy.



  10. The winter landscape is lovely. I enjoy seeing the sheep, and the pup looks just too cute in that chair!! I'm sorry to hear about Belle. We get so attached to our animals; it's tough to let go of them. May 2011 be a good year at the farm.

  11. You are right--a brand new adventure awaits us and I need to focus on this positive aspect of life. We have had a great life and it will only get better.

    I'm so, so sorry to hear about Belle. That must have been very difficult for you.
    Your pictures are beautiful. Your view is nothing less then spectacular.
    So James is sharing his chair? He really does love that little gal. She so easily wormed her way in to your hearts.
    Warmest wishes for a happy and prosperous new year in Tennessee!

  12. I hope you only have joy in the New Year!

  13. Perspective on the journey, Paula every year (and I've had many more than you!) has highs lows and those incredibly sweet just regular days - Sorry for your losses and glad you know to be grateful for each new day - sunrise is always a good time for me - like opening a surprise package - we never know what is in it! (didn't go all Forrest Gump on ya - thank goodness) Happy New Year to all the 2 and 4 legged beings on Fraker Farm

  14. Paula,
    I am so sorry about Belle. It hurts me to lose a bird, too.... and I have only one silkie left, but MANY silkie crosses! (smile)
    I just looked at your sheep barn, it is BEAUTIFUL and I'm stealing the manger idea!

  15. Wishing you all a blessed new year Paula. That Lily is cute as can be!

  16. What beautiful sunrise photos Paula. Lily is absolutely adorable and well loved! Hope this new year brings you lots of blessings!

  17. The sky is gorgeous in your photos! I'm sorry for your losses. I know how it hurts to lose a critter you love.
    Blessings in 2011,

  18. You are so right about each year bringing us highs and lows, fortunately most of us do get some of those highs, they make the lows more bearable.

    Sorry for the loss of Belle, that hurts.

    I am still jealous of your new sheep barn, your luscious pastures, but very happy to be able to read about them in your blog.

    Happy New Year to you all at Fraker Farm!

  19. Beautiful pictures. Hungry sheep and all.
    I'm sorry about Belle. She was a real cutie, and I'm sure that you miss her.
    These animals certainly become members of our families. I know that you have a lot of love in your heart for your animals.....Lily is a great example. All snuggly in your hubby's chair :)
    It is always a little sad to say goodbye to a year, and yet, there is excitement about welcoming a new year, and new memories.
    Happy New Year!!!!
    Hope it's the best!

  20. Happy New Year to you my sweet Friend. Our year was full of ups and downs too, but we always find a way to look on the brighter side and keep on smiling!I look forward to this new year. I am especially grateful for all the good people in my life in one way or another, and you are one of them!

  21. Hi glad I found your blog this past year and really enjoy it, Looking forward to all the blessings God will provide for us in 2011...
    Happy New Year....

  22. It's so pretty there, and the photo of the sheep made me smile.
    Happy New Year to you and your family!

  23. I just found your blog as I was looking at Calamity Acres Blog. Love your blog, photos and stories. Looking forward to following you and reading more :)

  24. It is sad to see another year pass, but what a wonderfu new year lies ahead!! Have a wonderfu new year Paula! blessings,Kathleen

  25. It's been a wonderful year of living vicariously through you on your beautiful li'l patch of heaven... and I look forward to another year of the same!

    Happy New Year, my friend! ♥

  26. That is a beautiful view from inside the shed...and I just love how Lily has taken the big chair! You have a very happy new year, may it be your best ever! :D

  27. I love seeing and hearing the adventures on your farm. I know how much you'll miss your animals and how much you love your new ones!

    You sure did capture some beautiful shots of the wintry morning/sunset....gorgeous!

    Wish you a Blessed New Year in 2011!


  28. Beautiful pictures! I love they way you have met the ups and downs with good cheer this past year. Life is not aways a party, but you still enjoy life through the hard times. I'm looking forward to your farm stories this coming year.
    Thank you,

  29. Oh, my, I just bought some fabric that is similar to your background for making miniature stockings.


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