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Archive for August, 2012

Fall is Coming

The days have been a little cooler here lately.  The green is slowly turning to brown and even the occasional orange and red.  There have been some beautiful sun rises to accompany the cloudy skies.

We have some new guests here too.  Each fall the sandhill cranes arrive.  There is a pair hanging out in the field with Olivia, and they may even have a youngster hidden in the shrubs and trees as well, although I haven’t spotted it yet.

My geranium on the deck is doing very well.  The flowers are a deep, rich red and the leaves are getting a tinge of gold amidst the green.

I have also had success with my tomatoes.  I have two that are ripe and ready to eat.  I don’t know how many more will ripen, they are running out of time.

I am in the process of having a permanent shelter built for Olivia and the sheep.  It is ten by twenty-four feet with a sleeping area for them, and a smaller area for me to store hay and grain.  I look forward to putting down the shavings for their first night.

Fall is coming…it is just around the corner.  I can feel it in the air, and see it in the softer light.  It is time to prepare.

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Still Here!

It’s been awhile since I posted so I thought it was time I gave a little update.  Lots of things have been happening.  We have new residents at Morris Brook Farm.

 

The summer guests include Brandy and her two daughters, son, and granddaughter.  It is nice having them in the next field, and Olivia is learning that she is not a sheep.  She is not too sure about the new residents but is okay hanging out with them as long as they don’t get too close.

 

The two newest little ones are very curious too.  They are not quite sure what to make of Odin and Emma but are willing to explore.

The pole shed is complete…Snail Pace Contracting hired a sub-contractor to complete the job. Check out the latest safety rated construction site footwear!

 

The shed looks great and I am looking forward to filling it with wood for the winter.

 

 

My garden is actually starting to produce…yes I do know it is past the middle of August.  I have eaten my share of peas, had one cucumber and there is another on the way.  I have enjoyed an abundance of strawberries and about twelve raspberries.  I have always planted lots of sweet peas and had bouquet after bouquet to enjoy and share with friends and families.  I am happy to report that  hasn’t changed by moving here.  Okay, well maybe the size and volume of the blooms is down a bit.

 

Big Sister, I am glad you are enjoying a summer in France.  I will work on actually being able to pick you a bouquet of sweet peas next summer!  This year I am just happy they actually bloomed…all three of them.

 

 

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Sheep Shenanigans

In my front yard, between the deck and the fence, sits a large rock.  I often sit on this rock, Emma loves to jump up on it, and I like to have her stand on it when I brush her.  I don’t have to bend over so far.  The other day I was sitting on the deck while the animals browsed around  the yard. At one point I looked up and saw all four of them standing around the rock. The seemed to be really checking it out.

 

I continue to watch and it didn’t take long before one of the sheep decided to climb up on the rock.

 

Olivia decided this was too much for her and she left to go graze some more.  The challenge was on now…who would be next?

 

Callie seemed to be saying “move over I’m coming up too!”  The game was on…one by one they jumped up and jumped off, pushing each other off and trying to keep control of the rock.

At one point two of them managed to stay on top together.

 

It didn’t last long though…one always pushed the other off.  They played this way for ten minutes or so before they all got bored and moved on to see what Olivia was up to.  I have to say I am never bored by them…they can be very entertaining!

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Hay!

I have bought hay.  Another first for me!  I have never needed to buy hay before, but now with the sheep and Olivia, and winter not too far away, I bought hay.  The nice thing about this hay is I was able to watch it grow and change and see the whole process from start to finish.

I think I mentioned the hay-field before but here it is again…the beautiful green grass.

Once it was tall enough, and the alfalfa had bloomed, and there was a streak of sunny weather ahead it was time to cut.

A day or two of drying and then it was time to turn it over.  The rows of drying mown grass smelled wonderful.  The breeze would carry the scent over the fields and into my kitchen window.

Once the grass had dried and turned into hay it was time to bale. The baler made such a rhythmic, chugging sound…it reminded me of a scene from a Star Wars movie.  The big machines marching, marching, marching.

It didn’t take long and the field was dotted with lovely bales of fresh green hay.

And now there are one hundred of these bales tucked away in the storage van.

The sheep and Olivia will not go hungry this winter!

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