Showing posts with label The Farm. Show all posts
Showing posts with label The Farm. Show all posts

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

A Rainy Day On The Farm

Our Leyland Cypress trees has been attacked with bag worms. 

We have 34 Leyland Cypress planted along our property line. I have picked around 10 gallons of worms off of the trees so far this week.  I am just about finished picking them off on this side of the trees line, but I still have the entire back side to go.  I have found the best way to get rid of them is in soapy water.  What a job this has been, one I have been dreading to do.

Views from my back door.

My girls call the farmhouse on the left (Green Gables).  

A view of our back yard below.
We thought of many ideas to put out back, things like goats, sheep, horses,
and even a Christmas tree farm.

All of these ideas are great, but as we get older
we decided to let it grow up in trees, creating a wooded area.

Allowing us to simplify our lives, that sounds wonderful to me.

Views from my front porch.

Today, was cloudy with showers of rain, highs in the 60's. I believe summer has left us, but I hope that we will see some warm days before winter sets in.

Thank you for touring our little place on this rainy day.
I would love to hear from you.

*Simply Farmhouse

Love the Lord thy God
with all your HEART
with all your SOUL
with all your STRENGTH.
Deuteronomy 6:5 

Friday, August 25, 2017

A Picnic Within The Greenhouse

While the girls were busy with school, I secretly went out to the greenhouse 
to set it up for a picnic. They were very curious, and I no longer could keep it a secret.  
When they found out, they were excited about having a picnic for lunch in the greenhouse.  
Only one thing they had to do, they could not come in until I had completely set it up.

Setting the table oh, how fun!

Sitting among the plants.

The table is spread with a tasty little lunch.

My guests have arrived, and they are very excited about it.

(hubby doesn't like their photo's online, a little mask will do)

This is what spoons are for after all, silly little girl.

We enjoyed watching the butterflies just outside the door.
A few flew in and landed among us.  What fun it was to have them around!

We have a new guest!

Another little guest waited patiently to be invited in.
She eventually made her way in towards the end of our picnic.
I wonder if it was because the girls kept tossing pieces of their lunch to her. *-  (wink)

Leaving the table within, I am very sure we will be back really soon.

Thank you for coming along on our picnic!
Hugs from the farmhouse.

Monday, July 10, 2017


On the back of our farm we have wild blackberries growing.  Strawberries in May, peaches in June, blackberries in July.

When I was a child, picking blackberries was something we did to provide extra income for our family.  My mom was a single parent of nine children and each time on the way out the door we would hear our mom reminding us to "carry a pole, wear rubber boots and take a dog."   "And don't eat more then you pick"!  So down the long gravel driveway, six or seven of us kids would pull a few wagons filled with one gallon buckets to the fence row where the blackberry bushes grew wild.

We knew what mom meant to do with each item we took.   The pole was to shake the blackberry bushes free of unwanted snakes.  Blackberry bushes and grape arbors are favorite places where snakes like to hide.

The pole was great to bring the branch toward you, so you could reach the berries that were hard to reach.  Of course, the boots were to protect yourself from snake bites.   A dog was great to keep a snake from crawling out towards you if it came out from under the bush.  

We knew of a neighbor man who was picking blackberries one summer day who got bit by a copperhead snake. Luckily, he was okay.  I guess he didn't have a mom to remind him to take a pole!

We would bring home a wagon filled with gallons and gallons of berries.  The next morning, mom would let the older children set a table up out in the front  to sell the berries.  In those days, we got seven dollars a gallon.    It was a very hot job and the part I disliked the most was when thorns would cut your hands and attach to your clothes. There was no such thing as thorn-less berries.  That would have been nice!

Did you ever pick berries as a child?
I would love to hear from you.

Monday, April 24, 2017

On The Farm

We painted the hen house white, and we are adding some final touches to it. I'll make a post as soon as I am finished with it.    It is turning out so cute, I can't wait to show you!

We have been busy cleaning out the landscape in the front yard.  I am expanding the width of the beds, and replacing the mulch with some pebbles.  Yes, I have several projects going at once, and none are completed yet.

I've transplanted some maple trees into my yard, that where growing out back near the creek.  Believe it or not they are living!  I have netting and stakes around them, to keep the deer from breaking them. 

La-la loves to play in the water, and helping mommy to wash the porch, is one of her favorite things to do.

I am working on my front porch, slowly but surely it is coming together.
I plan to add some potted flowers and a few more things.  So, hopefully in 
a few weeks my front porch will be ready for me to make a post.

It is a good kind of busy y'all!

What have you been up to?

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Peach Tree is Blooming.

The buds on the peach tree are starting to open up.  This Saturday  we will have a low of 26 degrees.
This is the only night, the other nights are going to be in the 40's.  March is forecast to be above normal temperatures.  We only have this peach tree to cover, we plan to do all we can to protect her this weekend.

Our Leland  Cypress are looking great.  I planted 34 of theses between us and our neighbor about 3-4 years ago.  I know of a few folks who had to cut theirs down, because they developed  a disease and die.   I hope these don't get that disease. I am so tempted to plant white pines in between each of these just in-case.

Have a wonderful day!!!

Monday, February 20, 2017

Spring Teasing..

This is my peach tree, it is in full buds.  It is four years old  and it is old enough to put out peaches. Each year the freeze kills all the blooms, and we have not had any peaches.  We are waiting to see what this month and next month will do to it.  Maybe, we will get some peaches this year!?

Climbing rose bush is leaving out, everything is so confused.

Near 90 degrees in the greenhouse today.

I have really enjoyed slipping out to the green house this past winter.
A great place to sit and enjoy the warmth, and sunshine on cold winter days.

I have been taking advance of these beautiful spring days.
I am painting my rocking chairs and swing today. Giving my front porch a fresh new look.

This year I am going to have to replace my pillows for the porch.
After three years using the same pillows, they are in need of replacing.

So, a new look for the front porch this spring...Yay, I am kind of excited about that.

As much as I love springtime, in my heart I am saying this can't be good.  Spring temps in the winter?
Could this mean winter in the spring? Or very severe storms with tornadoes treats?

Simply remembering that
 "This is the day that the Lord has made, 
I will rejoice and be glad in it"

What have you been doing?  Are you having early spring like weather in your area?

Hugs, from the farmhouse.

Wednesday, December 14, 2016

A walk in the woods

On this winter day of cold and gray, the girls and I slipped on our boots, gloves , scarves and jackets.  We walked towards the woods with a basket in our hands and something to cut with.  Not sure if we can find enough greenery to make a very large wreath, we continue walking down paths of golden weeds.  While we kept our eyes open for places that deer may have bedded down the night before.

Upon entering into the woods, we pulled branches of wild blackberries off our clothes that wanted to go with us.  Climbing over trees that have fallen across this weather creek, we hop from rock to rock surround by the slow rush of creek water.  We find our way through this little patch of woods that sits at the end of our land.

With each path we took , we found three to four different kinds of cedar trees.  Filling our baskets with snips from each tree, we spotted some wild red berries near by.  The basket soon was over run with berries, cedar, Leyland cypress and Douglas firs we headed for home.

We separated the greenery into piles across the old farmhouse table, and began to assemble our wreath. What a great time we had stomping through the woods together.  We love walking in
the woods enjoying nature any chance we get.

Thank you, for coming along with us for a walk in the woods.

Merry CHRISTmas,

Friday, June 10, 2016

Oh Those Lazy Summer Days

Summer Time is here...and I love those lazy summer days.