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Weekend in Review: Rain.

 Rainy days were made for napping... just ask Lily. :)

This weekend brought rain... lots of rain. But that's okay~ things were starting to get a little dry around here, so the garden, grass and flowers all got a good drink. I'm sure the bees were happy to be able to fly out of the hive and down to the ground for water... a very short trip for them. And the sheep were loving the cooler temperatures...  The biggest news around here this weekend was that the spillway was opened at Norris Dam, which is just up the road from where we live. This is a very rare occurrence and only happens when the water levels get so high they have to "lower" the lakes around here. It's an awesome sight... people drive for miles around to see it because it is like a huge (and very loud) waterfall. I think I overheard someone on the news say that there are something like 15,000 gallons of water per second coming over the top.... no wonder it is so loud!

I think Lily was afraid we were go…

Thursday's Songbird


Tuesday Tale: The Story of Geezer

Due to some recent Google updates, I had to change my Blogger profile picture in order to merge all my online profiles into one account. From now on, whenever I leave a comment you'll see "me" instead of the little rooster I've used for my profile for the last six years. I would have preferred to keep it the way it was, because the rooster in that picture was kind of special to me. Before I "retire" his image for good, I want to tell you his story.

When Hubby and I were first married, we moved into a little house in an older subdivision not too far from town. Since we both grew up in the country, living in the middle of all that hustle and bustle was a major adjustment for both of us. My Mom was not in good health at that time and we were trying to live as close to her as we could, but the property values in that area made any available land way out of our budget. But we were happy~ oh, so happy~ with our little home and each other... and after a while it w…

Friday Farm Fotos: Chickie Recess

Lily waits patiently for me while I empty a tiny rock out of my shoe...

Every day around lunchtime, weather permitting, Lily and I go outside for a walk and turn the chickens loose for a little free-range recess. They've come to expect it about the same time every day because if I'm a little later than usual, I am met at the coop doors by a chorus of unhappy "raaack, raaack, RAAACK!" sounds. I think sometimes they have a clock hidden in one of the nest boxes with an alarm set to go off every day at noon. *sigh*

Most days I open the coop doors and let them all out at once, then Lily and I take our walk around the place. However, I try not to get too far away that I can't keep my eyes on them in case a predator is watching nearby. (Or from above, like a hawk.) But today, I decided to follow them around with my camera to see how they spend their time outside.

 Once the doors swing open, some head for the rocks........

Some head for the weeds.

Some like to stay in a …

Wordless Wednesday: Apple Blossom Special


Weekend in Review: Moving Day for the Bees

On Saturday, Hubby and I opened up our bee hive for the first time this spring to see how well they had made it through the winter. We found the queen and she is already busy laying the eggs that will be the next generation of bees, and all the little worker bees were coming in and out of the hive with their pollen sacs loaded down. (Which is a very good sign!) Our main purpose, however was to replace one of the hive boxes that was coming apart and move the hive to a new location- a stand that Hubby built that puts the hive a little higher off the ground. 
I shot this short video of the old and new hive after we were finished; I hope you are able to watch it because you will see something truly amazing. Near the end at about 40 seconds into the video, you will see some of the bees that are in the new hive on the "landing board" with their heads down and rears in the air~ they are sending a scent signal that this is the new location of the hive so the bees that are still in …

Friday Farm Foto: Barnyard Gossip

I would love to know what this conversation was about....

Happy Friday!

I never meant to stay away so long....

But after a long, cold winter it is very hard for me to stay inside right now and I find myself looking
for reasons to be outside, even when I still have LOTS of indoor chores to do....  *sigh*

  I've been pondering about blogging lately; I miss not being able to visit my blog friends and even though I try to whenever I can, sometimes it makes me sad when I feel I don't have the extra time to spend on the computer. I've also been trying to decide which direction I would like to go with my own blog. My subject matter seems to be getting stale these days.... I thought about closing this one and starting a new one for just my sewing projects, but I'm sure after a while that would get boring too. For now I think I will keep things the way they are because I like having this blog as a farm journal for Hubby and myself.... but with the exception of a few special stories I've been saving up, my future posts will probably be more photo-oriented since I don't know how …