Tuesday, May 24, 2016

May 24th Photo Tour

Well the rain has eased off a bit and we have  been quite busy...isn't everyone at this time of year where everything is bursting with new life and growth. I feel sorry for anyone who does not  have or take the time to really look at things in spring.

 Barn Swallow's are nesting all through the Tobacco barn and they are so busy rebuilding their nests and catching insects. The farm is filled with their happy and conversational song!

 The introduction of our chickens and turkey's has given them such a wealth of new building material for finishing touches.

 These little sparrows are called Chipping Sparrows and are everywhere, tiny, about the size of a wren and they are fearless. They also have a huge beautiful song.

 The hay came down yesterday after long discussion and many many looks at Accuweather's forecast. The neighbor who plowed for us is able to make use of this first cut. It was way heavier than any of us expected and is a wonderful blend of clover, orchard grass and a bit or Brome grass. It is just a little bit in bloom so there will be less volume and tonnage but more nutrition.

 The finished hay field.

 Swallows dicussing something, in the evening the often sit on this section of fence just a bit away from the house and chatter, like a couple over evening coffee.

The ducks found the new cut  hay to be a banquet of fresh bits to eat and spent a lot of time before bed wading through the hay swaths.

Today we hope the gardens will have dried out enough to work in, I have a lot of weeding to do around the fava beans and the garlic. 

Ralph is working on planting the perennial herbs.

Life is simply wonderful!

God Bless you all.


  1. Your place is looking terrific!
    Not as busy here as we'd like; seems the rain is keeping us chained to inside chores. This too shall pass though.

    1. Thank you for the compliment. We can understand being chained indoors, then you seem twice as busy when the weather gets good.

  2. I noticed yesterday that the hayfields I pass on the way to town have started to be mown. We are supposed to have several days of good weather and the hay is ready.

    You must have a really good camera to get such good pictures of little birds. I need to break down and buy myself a camera. The one I have is 12 years old and the latch on the battery case is broken. I paid $64.00 for it back then at Walmart so I guess I got my money's worth out of it.

    1. Yes you did get your money's worth out of it!
      Ralph got me this camera, A Nixon Coolpix P510 for Christmas in 2012. It has taken 7000 plus photos for us and I cannot recommend it enough.
      It has a large view screen and wide angle lense with zoom features. It also has close up for flowers and the like. We took our land search photos with it and it has been hauled all over the place. Okay I sound like a camera salesman but it's a good one.

  3. Lovely post, Fiona. Your contentment comes through in your posts and I think you and Ralph will have a wonderful life in your new home and on your land. Hugs to both of you.

  4. What a little piece of Heaven you and Ralph have! Thank you for sharing it with us. xo

  5. I love barn swallows!! I used to see them all the time as a child. And I love that picture of the sparrow :)