Friday’s Farm Fotos

April 15, 2011

Another quick post!  I’m trying to finish up the main part of a writing project today!  So here are a few pictures from around the farm this week. . .

We are getting more and more iris blooms in the flower bed around the big oak tree in the front yard.

picture of purple iris bloom

Purple is one of my favorite colors.

At this time of year, it’s easier to see how far up in the oak tree by the end of our driveway that the rambling rose has climbed.  The leaves of the rambler come out before the tree leaves.  Even at that, it’s kind of hard to show up in a picture, since there are so many trees in the background.

Picture of rambler in tree

It's way up there!

It’s pretty impressive when it blooms, but it’s one of those sights that somehow just translate well into a picture.

Nearby, our two dogwood trees are in bloom.  One has the traditional white blooms, and one if a “red” dogwood.

picture of red dogwood blooms

Spring brings dogwood blooms!

The honeysuckle is also blooming, which the hummingbirds love!

picture of Alabama Crimson Tide Honeysuckle blooms

Alabama Crimson Tide Honeysuckle

 Of course, what with everything blooming and producing pollen, there is a lot of stuff clogging up the gutter.  Big clumps of stuff falls out of the trees and lands in the gutters and on plants below.

picture of nandina bamboo

Clumps of tree "pollen" stuff on nandina bamboo.

The sheep are enjoying all this nice, lush spring grass.

pictue of sheep laying in grass

A nice green bed.

And of course, you can also hear the sounds of springs.  The frogs are getting very noisy, both in the pond and in the bog area of the bottom pasture.  The bullfrogs lend a deep bass note, while the smaller frogs put in a tenor note.

picture of frog on edge of pond

Waiting for the next song. . .

And of course, there are the storms of spring… we have a big thunderstorm happening right now, and I have the television on in the living room so if there are storm warnings I’ll hear them.  (I don’t usually think to do that, but The Farmer admonished me this morning before he went off to work to pay attention to the weather warnings….)

It’s a normal springtime.  I miss the lambs and goat kids we used to have, but not the work, or the heartbreak when one dies.

Hope you are enjoying spring wherever you are (unless of course you’re ‘down under’, then .. happy fall!)

Friday’s Farm Fotos

April 8, 2011

Another week has slipped right by.  Spring is in residence most of the time, although old man winter rousts her out now and then for a light frost or some nippy weather.  But flowers are blooming and birds are nesting and the peacocks are screaming, so it must really be spring!

I saw the first iris blooming in the flowerbed around a big oak tree in our front yard. . .

picture of iris

And the Solomon Seal is starting to put out little dainty bells of bloom . . .

picture of solomon's seal

The Farmer saw some of the pond denizens out enjoying the warmer weather . . .

picture of water turtle

Turtle at the edge of our pond.

The frogs are also hopping all over the place.  I guess they’re just hoppy!

picture of frog in water

A Frog peeking at The Farmer

Another day I saw a bunch of the chickens congregating in the evening.  I’m not sure if it was a chicken conversation or a conversation of chickens.

picture of chickens

Hen Party

It’s not exactly a hen party, because too many roosters are attending this event.

They’re not the only ones who hand out together. Here’s a line-up of the happy hoofers. . .

picture of animals in field

ewe, ewe, llama, ewe, goat. . .

And now I must get back to work.  I am determined to finish up this book project!

Frog Bathroom Decor

October 14, 2010

Now you probably think I’m talking about accessories for the bathroom, and maybe I am. But not this kind of accessory exactly:

No, our frog bathroom decor is a little different.

It’s like this, once in a while I have trouble sleeping, and last night was one of those times. It was 3am the last time I looked at the clock. So when I got up and went to the bathroom, my eyes and the rest of me weren’t functioning too well.

But here’s what I saw when I walked in the bathroom:

picture of frog in bathroom

I'm just seeing things, right?

I thought maybe my eyes weren’t focusing properly yet, because surely that little lump at the end of the old shower rug wasn’t what I thought it was!

So I looked a little closer. . .

picture of frog in bathroom

Frog Bathroom Decor - the REAL thing!

And sure enough, our very own real live frog bathroom decor!

Now how in the world that little critter got in our bathroom, I have NO idea.  It’s a long way from an outside door, and the window hasn’t been opened in ages.  It also seems like it would be a very long way to crawl up a drain.

But however it got there, I really did see a little frog in our bathroom!

Rain, Sunshine, and Llama Alopecia

September 28, 2010

After a couple days of rain. . .

photo of frog

Raindrops keep fallin' on my head. . .

… this morning we woke up to fog which burned off to reveal a sparkling fall day.  The weather is cooler, the sun is shining brightly… it’s my kind of day!

One of the roosters stood on his favorite gate and flapped his wings a bit. . .

picture of rooster

A little warm-up exercise

Then did a little crowing to greet the day. . .

picture of rooster crowing

Good morning to you!

He was not impressed with my presence.

photo of rooster

"What 'cha looking at?"

The sheep were out in the main pasture enjoying the sunshine.

photo of sheep

And our little goat went out to join them.

photo of red doe goat

Our llama, Keira, also went out to join the party and graze in the sunshine.

photo of 2 sheep and 1 llama

Enjoying the sunshine on a cool fall morning.

And how about a closer look at my poor llama girl. . .

photo of llama

A bald spot here, a bald spot there...

Yes, my poor sweet llama is losing her hair.  I’d totally freak out if I hadn’t seen this before.  The sheep in front of her had a rough pregnancy once, and I wasn’t sure she was going to make it.  Lots of TLC and meds, and she pulled through… but she lost all her wool.  She was a pink-toned sheep with a little white fuzz.  Trust me, they look a lot different when they’ve lost their wool as opposed to being sheared.

So here it is, getting cooler and my poor llama is losing her hair.  We may have to get her a blanket so she’ll stay warm this winter!

Friday’s Farm Fotos

August 20, 2010

The Fridays keep coming around way too fast!  My weeks never seem to be long enough to get everything done I want to get done.  Oh well! 

At any rate, here are a few pictures from around our little farm this past week.  I’m just putting them up in the order they came out of the camera!

I saw this critter one day as I was walking back from the mailbox.

green frog

A haven from the snakes?

Maybe he was just looking for some sunshine, or maybe he figured out it was a good place to keep an eye on any snakes hanging around.

There are still lots of Eastern Swallowtail Butterflies hanging around on the Joe Pye weed.

yellow and black butterflies

Butterfly Cafe

Here’s our silly lady llama getting a drink from the water hose while The Farmer tries to fill up one of the drinking pools.

black llama drinking water

Well water is nice and cold!

You can see Toby, the farm collie, in the background hoping The Farmer will turn around and spray water at him.  Keira wants sprayed too in this hot weather.

black lama

Shower Time!

And I can’t resist taking more pictures of butterflies when I walk by the pond and see them.  This one is a female Eastern Swallowtail Butterfly.

black butterfly

A sip of nectar by the pond.

It’s easy to tell the black ones are females, but harder to tell which yellow Swallowtails are male and which are female!

Here’s our female goat and a couple of ewe sheep hanging out under the big oak and walnut shade trees in the back yard.

goat and Shetland sheep

Shade tree air conditioning!

And lastly, here’s a Blue Jay I saw at the birdbath this morning.  I don’t often see them around close to the house.

Blue Jay at bird bath

Getting at drink at the local pub.

And there you have it, another week on the farm!

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