Saturday, November 9, 2013

The newest member….

Meet the newest member of our family….
"Kitty"



Blue's reactions….
"Really mom, a kitten? What were you thinking?"



And I think "kitty" is having the same reaction….
"Really, a Basset Hound!"



The two are figuring it out….


Blue: I just want to give you a kiss….please!

Kitty: I really don't want your kiss or your sniffs….please!


Blue: Is kitty interrupting my nap? I really just want to take a nap!


Blue: Let me see what is happening under the chair….


Blue: I knew it!

Kitty: Aww….he found me!


Blue: This has been a tough day! Just going to put the covers over my 
head and take a nap!


Saturday, September 21, 2013

Ready for fall....

I guess I have missed a few months...
more like the whole summer!

Hello....September!
As much as I love the fall, I am sad to see summer come to an end.


We are hoping this is the last time we have to mow...



The algae on the pond won this year. 


Tony's garden rocks!
We have been canning, freezing, eating, and sharing! 






Ghost has become the watch cat of the garden.....











It is hard to believe October is just around the corner.

Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Spring time...

Spring is my favorite time of the year...
 


When we moved this garden was unrecognizable.
It was covered with 6ft high weeds.
We decided to leave the garden and see what grows.
Amazingly, we have only planted a few of the plants you see.
Almost all of the plants are from previous home owners.
 

The original family who owned the home had a grand-daughter who was a horticulturist.
There are many plants we can't identify.
The area nursery knew her well and has told us to take photo's
to bring in and they will help us to identify some of the plants.
 
Before our neighbor moved, from the farmhouse across the street,
she shared with us how many of our plants and her plants dated back
to the early 1900's and to the original owners.
 
It feels good to preserve a little bit of history.
 
This bleeding heart is a transplant from my mom's garden.

This blue berry bush was saved from the many weeds.
Each year we see more and more blooms!
This year we need to cover it with a net...
last year the birds enjoyed the berries
before we could.


I do not remember this plant growing last year...
and I have no idea what it might be.
I am thinking maybe it is a biannual?


Hens and Chicks...
also transplants from my mom's garden.


I love these poppies....
unfortunately the tiger lily's are squeezing them
out of space. We are thinking of moving them
to a new spot.

Down by the creek the ferns are growing strong.
They are the coolest plant to watch grow.


This iris is also new to bloom this year.
I am not sure why it didn't bloom last year.
A happy surprise.

The yellow iris's around the pond are growing taller every day.
Can't wait to see them bloom!

"Our" first garden......

I am using the term "our" very loosely!
This garden is Tony's baby.
He has been planning this garden since we moved.
This winter he has been reading, studying and putting his plans to paper...

 
My mom and Tony placed their plant order this winter
and each month he awaits the delivery of a new plant.
He started some from seeds and some from plants.


In April he rented a sod cutter and started to remove the grass.
Oh my....
what a process.
It got tired just watching...
 
Thank goodness for our kind neighbor who
showed up with his tractor and rototiller.
What a life (back) saver he was!
 
May I add...Tony has now added a tractor to his
wish list :)
 
 
Here we are today...
 
 
This weekend he started to plant some of
the crop! Lettuce, brussel sprouts,
broccoli and an herb garden.
 
Next year we hope to add a pretty fence
to protect it from the deer.
 
Looks like I need to learn how to can!


April....


Spring has finally sprung...
April 11th:
the ducks are back
and you can see the skunk cabbage is in full
bloom behind the pond...

The turtles are starting to
visit for some sun during
the afternoon....


Which means the nets are out...
on the look for baby turtles and
tad poles....

 Blue is also loving the spring weather...
he is pretending that
he can't possibly make it to the door
to go inside....

My very favorite part of spring
is listening to the frogs....
 
My second favorite part of spring is watching
everything come back to life....
 
This is the pond on April 9th,
the iris's are just starting to grow... 

 
10 days later.... 



This will be our third summer
and we have noticed each spring
two geese and two ducks come to nest.
We are hoping for babies!!

On the move....



Early on April morning...
I woke to Tony yelling,
"Wendy get up...hurry up"
My first thought was...fire?
But then when he yelled....
"grab your camera."
I know something odd must be happening....
 A herd of wild turkey's crossing the road...
They actually stopped and looked before they crossed the road...
and then ran right into the woods!
 
We haven't seen them since.
No sure where they came from or where they are going?
They seemed to know....
guess that is all that matters.
 

 
In April we also took a trip to wish
Uncle Jim and Aunt Cindy safe travels
as they follow a dream.


 
Visiting Uncle Jim and Aunt Cindy is
a favorite for Sarah.
Aunt Cindy is an animal lover
and Sarah loves every minute!
 
 
Sarah was so excited to meet Jessica's
newest puppy.
 
 Can not deny these two are brothers!
Jim is the oldest of the 5 boys...
and Tony is the "baby" of the 5.
 
 
Aunt Cindy's horses are the most beautiful horses.
They are also the sweetest horses.
It was a favorite visit when they lived closer.
 
We are not saying good bye...
but instead
planning a road trip to Montana.
Wishing them all the best as they
follow their dreams!

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