Friday Farm Fotos: Planning Ahead

Ever heard of a... "sheepish grin"?

Even though it is still very much summertime here in Tennessee, it's never too early to start making plans for the upcoming winter because it will be here before we know it.

You may remember a few months ago I mentioned that Hubby had decided sell all his hay equipment... 
(this was after the neurosurgeon told him he needed to go easy on his back from now on..)
and while I'm all for not having to be in a hay field in 100 degree weather, it does pose the problem of having to find enough good hay from another source to last all winter.
We finally found some this week, and I have to admit that after all the hard work that went into putting up our own hay last year; the cutting, fluffing, baling, and transporting all that equipment- 
it was mighty nice to not have to have to worry about anything other than stacking it..... 
Now that we are well stocked with quality hay, that's one less thing we have to worry about this winter.

Hubby also worked on getting our little garden ready 
so we could plant some kale and spinach for fall.....

And we need to move this stack of seasoned firewood to the front porch 
and cut some more to dry for next winter.....

The beehive is still a flurry of activity but soon we will have to help them 
get prepared for winter as well....

The list goes on and on!

But there is always time to snuggle up a baby fuzzy bottom... 
*tiny squeal*

This was one of several chicks that hatched from some very well-hidden Silkie eggs. 
(And not seen in this picture is one very smug Silkie hen, too.)

Happy Friday, everyone!


  1. Your photos are lovely. Glad you found good hay. I can't tell you how often ppl tried to sell us moldy hay. Have a great weekend!

  2. Awww, what a cute fuzzy baby! And I just love that sweet sheep face too!

  3. You and your 'squeals' crack me up. I have noticed the leaves on my huckleberry tree have began to fall. I am not ready for winter. Nor will I ever be.

    Keep the home-fires burning. I'm watching from the other side of the Mountain.

  4. We know nothing about hay but it sounds like a big job. Always better to be prepared.
    Benny & Lily

  5. Sounds like you all are all ready for the Winter snows! You Still worked hard Girl!
    Happy Weekend!

  6. oh, that chickie is too cute! love the stacked hay! can smell it! :)

  7. Wonderful feeling, isn't it, to be so well prepared for winter.

    Cute little ball of fluff!!

  8. Awww...I would love to hold that baby!

  9. Cute pictures, Paula. I have just recently tried kale for the first time. It is so good for you and I like it a lot! Best wishes with the garden. Glad you have the hay stacked and ready for Winter. Hope you have a nice weekend. Hugs to Lily.

  10. Oh the little chick is adorable! :)

    Looks like you're well prepared. I bet that did beat all the work doing your own hay.

    Have a great weekend, my friend!

  11. Glad you found good hay and I love all of your warm and fuzzy photos..Have a nice weekend..Susie

  12. Hi Sweet Paula...
    So nice that you were able to find hay, and I can appreciate that you are grateful for not having to do all the work to get it.
    Nice for your hubby's back too!

    It is never too early to prepare for winter.. I agree!

    I always love seeing your pictures, and farm goings-on.

    Hope you guys have a great weekend!!



  13. wow, ya'll are on the ball! I used to hate stacking hay as a youngin' - it's such a hot, sticky job but it's so nice when it's all in and you're ready.
    Do you promise winter will be here before I know it?
    Blessings to yall from the holler.

  14. Glad you are getting all ready for the unspeakable word.. Winter.. ugh...
    That chick is a darling..
    Have a great weekend my dear friend..

  15. Always love visiting the farm! Have a great week-end!!

  16. And all this work is your hubby taking it easy? LOL Love the photos. Glad you found some hay!

  17. Those sneaky silkies...but they really are the best & fluffiest mamas.

    The expression on your sheep's face is so cute. Sheep do have individual personalities, we know that, don't we?

    I have to say, along with a full pantry and freezer, a shed full of well-stacked firewood, a good amount of hay set aside for the animals causes me to smile at a hard winter and praise God for such blessings and abundance. You live a very special and picturesque life. Thank-you for sharing it. I look forward to my visits at your place Paula.

  18. Hahaha...I bet that is a smug silkie. What a cute babykins. I am tired just from reading all the preparation you have to do. You are sure hard workers.

  19. °º♡
    º° ♫♡彡° ·..

    Amei esse post, especialmente as fotos.
    Bom fim de semana!

  20. Paula, I love your pictures. I can't get over how green your grass is. You guys must be getting plenty of moisture there.

    I love the picture in your last post of Lily getting her beauty spa treatment, aka bath! ;-)

  21. Looks like you guys are well on your way to being ready for winter! I am sooooo ready for it, at least to see a end to these hot temps! We have our wood, just waiting on cooler temps to plant my winter veggies. We are working our way there too ... Will be really nice to see this 103-108 temps give way to something cooler! whew

  22. Yay for good hay!
    That last picture is tooo precious!
    Hope you have a wonderful week, Paula!!

  23. ha!! What a sneaky chicken! I thought I had a broody but it was a false alarm. I need to get some silkies. They always seem to go broody!
    I can't imagine the lower stress level from not having to do hay. I'm glad Hubby is listening to his doctor!
    You asked if I was on Pinterest, yes, I am! How did people ever plan a wedding before it? Ha! ;-)

  24. Dear one~I'm not sure if that thing in my yard is a corn shucker-(did I spell that right?)It was interesting, and I know the wood will all fall off it-it was very rickety to someday I will have the wonderful old iron parts, and probably then they will come in the house for a decoration. If I can get Geoff to haul it for me!
    ~Love ya!

  25. I'm glad your hubby doesn't have to cut and bale hay this year...all the other farm work like cutting firewood, though, I would think would also take its toll on his back! But, I know how important it is to hang in there with your farm! I would give anything to have such a place of my own! You will get winter before we it starts getting night freezes in about December and that will run through January, but our daytime temps will be a very pleasant 55-70, depending. Fall is 60s and 70s and such a pleasant time to be here, but we will have to go into the mountains to discover much fall color. I will email you about the bees....I can't thank you enough for all your help regarding my concerns! Right now my hummingbirds are a little confused about the empty feeders. :-) Love your garden spot! I am cleaning out the dead cucumber vines and even the dying squash vines now, and thinking towards my fall and winter garden!

    Thank you so much for your very sweet comments about my new machine and the T-shirt quilt! I appreciate you checking out my quilting blog! Take care!!! All my best--

  26. I love seeing all that hay stacked. I have a fascination with hay. I love buying it for my piggies, but now i just go to the pet store as i only have two pigs(guinea pigs that is!)

  27. Looks like your place is truly getting ready for Fall. Love the way you capture your property and share with us... its the next best thing to being there.

  28. So now You have got very much work. This chicks look so charmingly. Meybe in next year i will be have thats chicks.. Who know? Now i have incubator 3 peacocks eggs.
    I will be look at your blog inspiration.
    Thanks for visit my blog:)


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