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Wednesday, April 16, 2014

"Whatever A Blue Jay Feels"

Guess  what I found sitting on my deck....

a young blue jay!

He flew in to the glass door and sat there on the ground too stunned to move.

after being picked up and checked for injuries he was carefully placed on the ground and managed to rouse himself to fly in to a tree

Blue jays are known for being VERY outgoing birds. This one is trying to take over the tree the mockingbirds have claimed, so he must be very confident and brave. 

He finally came to his senses and seems fine. He will live to fight another day!

There is more to a blue jay than any other creature. He has got more moods, and more different kinds of feelings than any other creature; and mind you, whatever a blue jay feels he can put in to language.
 Mark Twain's "A Tramp Abroad", Chapter 3 "Baker,s Blue-Jay Yarn".

Friday, March 28, 2014

This Little Light of Mine

I have had this little Dutch girl lamp for half my lifetime. She is a sturdy cast iron (heavy!) standing stoically in her clogs and coat and scarf watching the world go by.

Days like this one is when she gets her moment to shine. Cold, rainy, as though nature has relapsed back in to winter.

This is her moment! She shines and makes her little corner of the world glow

“Is the spring coming?" he said. "What is it like?"...
"It is the sun shining on the rain and the rain falling on the sunshine...” 

― Frances Hodgson BurnettThe Secret Garden

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Long Haired Winter

Horses grow a protective shaggy topcoat in the winter. They shed it naturally once the weather is warmer.

Before that happens they look like Lady (above) does.

Pretty shabby chic huh? 

This is her normal look. all shiny and sleek

What a difference from now!

Indigo has wild hair matted and blowing in the wind

If you look up between her ears you can see a wild weed caught in her mane

here is a closer look.....pose for your close up Indie!

Yes its time for a spring spruce up...

Saturday, March 22, 2014

Goin Green!

Watching paint dry?

Watching grass grow?

Tough job but somebodys got to do it!

Just checking....

Hey look everybody! Its turning green!


Where did everybody go?

Dontcha wanna come watch the grass grow?

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Strawberry Fields Forever....

Its the first day of spring...

around here guess what that means?

Saturday, March 15, 2014

Beware the Ides of March

{ides - middle}

The beginning of the new year on the ancient Roman calender. Perhaps best known today in association with  the death of Caesar....

here on the farm. we have no "caesar" with political enemies but we have had a fox wreaking havoc among our hens. Only 3 have managed to survive the fox coming to hunt at night.

Two days ago there were buzzards circling over the horse pasture. The fox lay dead below. 

Sometime during the night under the filling moon, the dogs have done their job of protecting their territory.....

but the fox had a den, cubs were spotted playing by the opening of it. 

They will grow up...

meanwhile. the remaining hens are busily building nests to fill with eggs, their response to  the spring light of the sun.

The circle completes itself and begins again.

Sunday, February 16, 2014

Nature is hinting at a new season

Saturday, February 15, 2014

Gurhls In The Mist

Monday, January 13, 2014

Rainy Days and Mondays

Sometimes you just have to turn your back to the wind and wait.


Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Good Bye 2013

Seems like the year just started.

A brief look back at 2013

It was a cold new year

everybody tried to keep warm

spring brought  new babies

and first haircuts!

 Mia was the new "tiny" one

 while Aurora grew up,  became a star

and met her prince charming!

Lazzie Pi Zazzy became our new definition of being so ugly you're cute

 Baxter wants to be a house dog and Minnie wants for nothing...


and so it goes...

another year gone and one coming on strong!

Good bye 2013 ~

Saturday, December 21, 2013

The First Day of Winter

and shortest daylight of the year is here.


Carpe diem 

 saisir le jour

Nutze den Tag

 gripe dagen 

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Monday, December 16, 2013

Baby Its Cold Outside!

Living in Florida, we tend to think anything below 70 is exciting. So when it goes down in to the 40s or even the high 30s at night we get hysterical.

A frosty window becomes a work of art.


Isnt that amazing? Put down your snow shovels, take off your boots and come look people! You dont want to miss this. Frost on a window. Ah, the wonder of it all...

it transforms things...makes the banana tree peeking safely out from its warm earthen pot indoors, look as though its been spray painted in silver.

Sadly there is a blue sky full of sunlight waiting to melt my sugar cookie glazed windows...

even the little drawings on the bottom right pane made by hungry chickens little faces peeking in, wondering what is holding up breakfast.

Silly chickies...why just the other day they were complaining about me following them around taking pictures. They ESPECIALLY dont like me taking their picture before they have combed their hair and put on their make-up! 

"NO early morning pictures pleeease" is what they always say.

So sorry chickaroos, I can only take so many pictures of icy glass before I start looking around 


aha! Let me take a few more chicken pictures to go with my seven million other chicken pictures!

One can never have too many photos of fabulous fowl, thats what I always say!

As for the chickens? 

Well THEY say............

"oh no, here she comes with that camera again!

run for it!"

Sunday, December 8, 2013

“Some day you will be old enough to start reading fairy tales again.” 
― C.S. Lewis

We have been not only reading one but living one for the last few very rich and special years. But fairy tales are not limited to one time and place.

Some special people are now discovering new fairy tales in strange new lands

a piece of my heart is going along for the ride

a look back...

May you grow up to be righteous/May you grow up to be true/ May you always know the truth/And see the lights surrounding you/ May you always be courageous/stand upright and be strong/and may you stay/forever young
-bob dylan