August 28, 2012

Farm Fun

Hi everyone!  Hope you're doing well.

Sorry, I've been kind of absent...I've had a lot going on lately. Anyway, I'm finally getting around to sharing a few photos that I took a couple of weeks ago when my kids and I visited the Oliver Kelley farm.

I wish I would've been able to get more pictures, but my camera battery died almost as soon as I got there. I know...great planning on my part! I threw a few other photos into this post that I took recently...ones that have a farmy-feel to them just to mix it up a bit. But anyway, maybe I should share a few tidbits about our outing since I don't have a whole lot to show you.

The first thing I love about this farm, is that it's located not too far from where I live. Situated just off the highway, down a long dirt road, it's nestled behind a grove of trees alongside the Mississippi river...such a pretty setting. I kind of feel like it's a little hidden gem. The thing that makes it so interesting is that it's a working farm from the 1860's. The workers dress in period clothing and carry out the typical farm duties from that era, such as plowing the fields, gardening and tending animals. Visitors are welcome to join in, if they like, too.

If I remember correctly, the farm has a total of sixty-two animals. We found many of them freely wandering and grazing on the land. We'd be standing there and a huge ox would meander past or a group of pigs. I can't think...what would a group of pigs be called? A herd? Anyway, we loved it.

We had to laugh when we saw this pig rolling around in a muddy hole. He seemed so happy!

Of all the animals there, guess what my kids loved the most? The kittens! Something we see plenty of every single day. I have to admit, those kitties were pretty darn cute. I wish I could've gotten a photo, but they were so crazy running this way and that, that it just looked like a blur. One of the guys there told us we could take the little cuties home with us, if we'd like. Yeah, we wanted to, but we have our hands full with the two we have now. This is the sort of face I got when I told my kids no...over and over.

Lastly, let me show you this guy. He was quite the character! From the first moment I saw him, until the last, he spent all his time strutting around this coop, looking at all the other chickens inside and crowing. Round and round he walked...peering in. Isn't he handsome fellow?

I think having a few chickens around would be such good entertainment. We had ducks once and found them to be so funny! Well, that's all for my day of farm fun. I hope you enjoyed it.

Best wishes for a wonderful week!


August 17, 2012

In the Bag

Hello, my lovelies. I hope you've had a wonderful week.

I want to start out by saying thank you for all the love you gave me about the passing of my sweet, old dog, Murphy. Your kind words mean the world to me. I can see that a lot of you share the same love of animals that I do.

As for today's post, I'm not feeling particularly talkative. I mostly just wanted to post a few photos that I took the other day. My hydrangeas are starting to fade, so I thought I'd cut a few and put them in this pretty woven bag. When life gives me flowers, I take pictures. 

The light was so nice. It had that warm glow that sunset brings...little bands of gold twinkling through the leaves. It's been rather dry this summer so some of the leaves are starting to fall. It makes me think that autumn is just around the corner. Although it's such a pretty season, I wish summer didn't end so soon.

Well, that's all for today. I hope you're enjoying the last days of summer. Best wishes for a beautiful weekend :)