This and That…

Got some of this and that to post…Starting off with my chicks that ever so slightly came out of their coop today for a bit…

chicks

It’s dangerous out here though,  Mr. Knightly is not the nicest dad and the auntie hens are jealous and cruel.

But these are not the only birds strutting around our place…

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It’s getting to be turkey time… 🙂

And does anyone know what this is?

casaba

These grew as volunteer plants in the compost by the garden along with some cantaloupe. Inside it looks kind of like a cantaloupe, but tastes more like a cucumber.

This fall is so lovely…have to post some more golden yellow and red…

yellow

red

OK…that’s enough of that. 🙂

Now, I want to introduce you to an extraordinary quilter who has started to paint wonderful whimsical watercolors…

You are going to love Pamela Jeanne Studio. This is the painting I have that she made…

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I just love it. I know she is opening an Etsy shop. So if you are needing some really cute gifts made in the USA, visit her blog…  Pamela Jeanne Studio.

Hope you all are having a wonderful fall…

green tomatoes

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Autumn Bouquet

autumn bouquet

The golden shimmering leaves outside my window beckoned me to take a long walk up into the back pastures and through the woods.  A layer of yellow leaves greeted me everywhere…and the sumac is a gorgeous red…

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sumac

I circled around the pasture and headed into the woods and then decided I better go get my camera, a basket and some clippers and take the trek again. This time I stopped at the hoop house and cut some marigolds. And to my surprise the blueberry bushes were brilliantly glowing in their fall colors…

blueberry

After leaving the garden I spied some puff ball mushrooms and added them to my basket…

puff ball

My one son who does extremist type sports has made multiple bike paths around the pastures and through the woods, and I decided to walk  on the winding trail he made in our jungle forest behind the house. As I was clambering through the thicket  I noticed a piece of  wood like a little bench lying back in the trees…

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My first thought was perhaps that is where the boys had a fort hidden years ago. I know they made little forts and hiding places all over in the woods. So I crouched down underneath the overhanging limbs to get a closer look and this is what I found…

treasure

And a little ways from that …another…

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Little treasures from the past…These must have been lying up here for at least 10 years…

When I got home my basket was full…

basket

And so was my heart… 🙂

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Full of fond memories and the incredible awesomeness of God’s creation…and the brilliant colors abounding in Father’s garden.

Instant Fall Garden

Last year I started this blog to journal my experience with a fall garden. This year after all my fall seedlings were eaten up with “little i don’t know whats”, I pretty much gave up…not just pretty much, I totally gave up, and let my hoop house die out…stopped watering…stopped weeding…stopped caring…

So the other day I had a little revival and finally went over and cleaned up the hoop house, and to my surprise there were a few scraggly half dried up tomato plants and one pepper plant still hanging on…

before

I watered all the beds deeply, and if anyone has ever mixed up totally dry dirt with water, you know that you have to mix and mix and mix, and the water has a hard time penetrating. I let it all sit over night and get well absorbed…

My girls picked up some cauliflower, cabbage, broccoli, chard, mustard, bok choy and Brussels sprouts plants at the nursery and VOILA! …

after

Instant Fall Garden…For some reason I feel like I’m cheating…

So twice this year I resorted to the nursery for all ready grown plants after my seedlings were eaten up and in the spring when a very late unusual freeze killed all my tomato plants.

fall garden

Now I’m going to dust everything with DE… 🙂

Befuddled

Aren’t these spider lilies beautiful?

spider liliesLike  their relation the  Surprise Lilies, they just come up out of the ground when you least expect them. What a blessing! Thought I would start this post on a positive note… 🙂

Especially on a day like this when I am overwhelmed and befuddled. I can’t even speak here of all the situations, but two of them happen to be the garden and the chickens and that is what this blog is all about.

October is right around the corner and October last year was when I got my first chickens. 14 Marans chicks and 4 Welsummer hens, 1 cuckoo Marans hen and 1 Barred Rock.

Today I have from the chicks 1 rooster and 4 hens, 1 of the  4 Welsummers, and the 1 cuckoo Marans.  I also have 2 Ameraucanas. I sure have lost a lot of chickens… 😦

I know that the 2 Ameraucanas are laying 5 to 6 eggs a week and occasionally I get a brown egg from the Welsummer and one dark brown one from one of the Marans.  This morning I penned them all up in what  Sleepinghorse terms the naughty room. And the reason for this is to find out if any of them are making nests like Emma did. I want to know who is laying and who is not, and how many eggs I should be getting a day.

Emma is the other dilemma!

I thought it best to move her and her 14 eggs and then I began to think about the fact that the embryos in those eggs are probably pretty well formed by now and wondered if it would be detrimental to move them at this stage. They should be beginning to hatch in about a week. I looked again on line and found many who had moved the eggs and the mama hen abandoned them. I would just hate this. So we decided to take the chance and let them hatch out and then move them. They are right under our bedroom window, so we should be able to easily hear any ruckus that goes on.

While I was writing this, I heard a strange noise outside and I ran to see as I am totally on alert now until the chicks hatch… It was Emma coming out for a quick bite to eat. I ran to the kitchen and got some oats and leftover tuna…

Emma 3

She gobbled this up and then fluffed her feathers…

Emma 4

And while she was stretching and sunning I took a peek at her eggs…

marans eggs

Still 14…

Then there is my pathetic fall garden. Every leaf of every plant that I planted from seed has been eaten up, and I don’t even know what the culprit is. So no fall garden this year, or do I go out and buy some plants?…Like I said, I am befuddled.

I guess I’ll just take one thing at a time…

spider

Beauty Berries and Broody Emma

I never get tired of pulling together all the different plants that are blooming at the moment. What got me inspired this time was the  purple of the Hyacinth Bean blooming in the garden and the Beauty Berry bushes growing in my yard…

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And a  little closer shot…

fall bouquet

I also grabbed some purple grasses, sage, Lamb’s ear, Autumn Sedum Joy, and of course the beautiful brightly colored zinnias…

Here’s a close-up of the Beauty Berries…

beauty berries

But all things are not so beautiful. When I left for a week I put my starting plants of cabbage and broccoli inside the house, so that my husband would remember to water them. And he did, but this is what they looked like when I got home…

cabbage

I can’t even imagine what got them inside the house and I don’t see a sign of anything anywhere. The strange thing is that when I went out to the greenhouse  all the cilantro and radishes I planted in there look just the same as this. The kale and bok choy is completely gone…

>>>Sigh<<<

On another note…Broody Emma is really serious this time laying on her 14 eggs…

Emma

She’s still under the porch. I would like to leave her there, but I just am not sure. If we move her we will have to take up two boards off the porch. I know a skunk or possum or raccoon could get to her fairly easily, unless we put chicken wire around her like one of you suggested, but where she is, it would be very hard to even put the chicken wire.

I’ll let you know what we decide to do…

The Land of the Ancient Ones

Woke up this morning to the crisp fall air of the Ozarks and the smell of strong thick black over brewed coffee. I’m in the land of the Ancient Ones…

The news blaring in loud decibels coming from the living room…you have to speak very loud here in this country, which is hard for someone with a soft voice.

Stepping out for a morning walk, I encounter the 90 year old German neighbor mowing her driveway, and not just any driveway it is at a very steep slope…a challenge for even a 30 year old.

And repetition… nothing is remembered…every moment is new, including every conversation.  My mother wakes up every morning admiring her hydrangeas, orchids, roses…and saying in her Swedish accent, “Oh, look, they must have just blossomed over night, I’ve never seen them before.”

The land of the Ancient Ones…

hydrangeas

orchids

coffee

Coffee, anyone? …

August Reflections

As I sit here and type reflecting on this August soon to be over, the fragrance of fresh picked basil fills the air around me… makes me think of pesto and fresh tomato mozzarella pizza with lots of basil leaves scattered on top…absolutely my favorite kind of pizza. : )

Rosemary and oregano in the bouquet on the table…love herbs…

bouquet

Who would have guessed that?  With a title like Rosemary, Lavender and Thyme…

Rosemary

Love zinnias too… They are prolific right now…

zinnia

Sedum, hosta flowers, liriope, lamb’s ears…

sedum

Oat grass in a favorite blue glazed ceramic pot…

oat

Love the colors…

I’m listening to a daughter chopping cucumbers and making bread and butter pickles…We have such an abundance of cukes this year…it’s crazy…

Painted a bouquet of gorgeous flowers from a photo blog…couldn’t help myself…so fun…so many incredible colors…

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The temps are more normal for August in Oklahoma…HOT, but for the first time since I’ve lived here, I’m actually going to miss summer…unbelievable!

I still wear my boots, long sleeves and trusty gloves to go pick tomatoes in the field to avoid chiggers and ticks, but this year incredibly I’ve only found one tick on me and that was last night and I’ve only had a mere 6 chigger bites… again unbelievable!

gloves

Our charming neighbors stop by for a visit…a mama deer and her three fawns…

deer

They have been leaving my garden alone…I think the glittering of the shiny CDs really works to keep them at bay…

Seeds of kale and bok choy started in pots and lettuce, spinach, parsley started out in the garden…going to plant radishes, broccoli and cabbage a little later today. It’s soon to be fall…