A Sunny Sunday on the Farm

February 10, 2008

After record breaking warm temperatures earlier this week, it’s back to cold weather. Yeah, I know “cold” is a relative term, and what’s cold for us is a balmy day further north. There was a hard frost this morning, but the sun came out and it turned into a lovely day.

The return to cold weather hasn’t obliterated all signs of a coming spring either. After doing the critter care chores, I went for a short walk in the woods. I noticed the redbud trees have – what else? – red buds appearing.

02-10-08 buds

I noticed other signs of growth in a slue towards the back of our wooded area that is filled with water again, thanks to the recent rains. The algae is bright green there. The moss in the woods also continues to green up, and there are a few plant leaves poking up here and there.

In my flower garden, the plant my Granny used to call “Live Forever” is already showing new growth for this season.

picture of sedum shoots

This particular variety is officially known as Sedum ‘Matrona’. It has lovely pink flower heads that the butterflies and bees dearly love.

The animals enjoy the sunshine too, and I noticed a bunch of the guineas in the front yard, headed down towards the pond.

picture of guineas

All in all, it’s just nice to enjoy a sunny Sunday here on the farm.

Our Pond Runneth Over…

February 4, 2008

A look at our pond. . .
picture of pond

When we first dug the pond, it only took two months for it to fill up. It’s spring fed, so that made a difference. I’m sure it would have taken a lot longer if rain falling in the pond was the only source of water.

Then came the drought. Months and months of little or no rain, and the water in the pond went down, down, down, until it looked more like an overlarge mud puddle.

Lately we’ve been getting more rain and the pond slowly started filling back up. When I went outside this morning, I was thrilled to see it is totally FULL again.

02-04-08 OUTLET

The water is right up to the overflow pipe. Who’d have thought it would be so exciting to see water running out a pipe?

02-04-08 water

Ahhhhh, the lovely sound of running water…..

Hooray! Here’s hope we don’t see such low water levels again!

The Frost is on the Pumpkin

November 7, 2007

Okay, I lied. The frost is NOT on the pumpkin. However, we did finally get a hard frost last night, and as I was headed out the door to take pictures this morning, I was just sure I’d be able to use that title. Wouldn’t you know the few little pumpkins I bought were in sheltered locations and didn’t get frosted!?!

You can see it on the windshield of Youngest Son’s car:

You can see frost on the sheep’s wool and where they were sleeping:
The last of the roses got frosted:

And of course, the grass and fallen leaves are frosty:
The sun hitting the newly frosted leaves is causing a shower of leaves to fall this morning:

Right now the oak trees, like the one shown here at the end of our driveway, still have most of their leaves:But the leaves are falling faster and faster:

So I figure it won’t be long until all the trees look as naked as the walnuts do:
(… that picture is for you Robin! See, you’re not the only one with leafless trees!)

And last, though you can’t see the frost on the trees in this picture, I decided to include it because I like it, even if I do have it upside down here:
It may not LOOK upside down, but it’s not really a picture of the trees, but a picture of their REFLECTION in our pond.

So, even though the frost wasn’t on the pumpkin…
It was on most everything else this morning!

It’s really fall…

November 4, 2007

Today was a beautiful fall day with lots of sunshine and a vivid blue sky. It was just a tad chilly, with lots of wind. It was my kind of day!

The pine trees to the left are along the front edge of our yard, and the big tree at the right is a huge oak sitting at the corner of the yard by our driveway.

We don’t seem to get the right weather conditions to have a lot of leaf coloration in the fall. Most of the time the leaves just turn brown and fall off the tree, but we do have a few with some colored leaves.
Here’s a close-up of some of the leaves near the top of the oak. It was tough to get a sharp picture since the wind kept blowing the leaves around!

There were all kinds of bugs out busily gathering nectar from any flowers they could find.

This goldenrod seemed to be a particular favorite for all kinds of bugs and bees!

Somewhere along the line this summer, some butterfly bush seed must have floated over to the pond banks, since I see we now have a little bush growing there. It’s even blooming!

The pond water is beautifully clear around the edges. A lot of leaves have fallen into the water, which the wind has blown to the edges.

If we’re really lucky, we’ll have a lot more nice weather like today. I’m not going to count on it though. A hard frost can’t be too far away, and winter coming fast behind that.

But for today, it was fall and it was beautiful.

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