Sunday, May 31, 2015

Saying Goodbye

Well today was one of the hardest I have had in a long time. Don and I had decided that we needed to fined new homes for our kids.

 Dancer and Flash are spending the last few minutes in the paddock while we are getting their stuff together. Saddles, tack and of course their toys.

 Flash was the brave one and went first. He was a little bit hesitant at first but only for a few seconds. He wasn't sure what was going on.

It didn't take very long and he went right in. He is such a brave boy.
 Next it was Dancer's turn. She too didn't know what was going on.

 I, of course, had to give her one last hug before getting her loaded.
 I think you can see the sadness in her eyes below. That is why you can't see my face.

 Dancer was such a good girl. She jumped right in the trailer with no hesitation at all.
Below you can see the sadness in Flashes eyes. It was a sad day for all of us except the people who got them. They were very happy and they should be, they got two very good horses.

 Here we were just tying up Dancer and Don was giving her a pat on the butt goodbye.

 Of course I couldn't get the lead tied so Don had to do it for me. I think it was a brain fart, didn't want to really let her go. We had built such a good bond with each other.

 But we got them loaded and the people also got the cart that we were going to have Flash trained to pull. The people who got the horses were interested in the cart also and she has six kids that can help with the training.

I had to take this last picture for a goodbye. Will miss them terribly, but I think it is for the best for them, although you couldn't tell by me right now.

Tuesday, May 12, 2015


Today was a very nice day here, sun shining, helped the neighbor move a tree for him to use as a side on a garden bed, a little on the cool side with a slight breeze blowing, but all in all a very enjoyable day. This first picture is of some flowers from bulbs that came out of my deceased mother's yard. They are related to the hyacinth, but I find the way they bloom interesting, They send up a spear, and then the blooms open from the bottom to the top over a span of time.
 This second is of some of the Allium blooms from bulbs my cousin sent me. I love these things the ball of flowers is as high as my head.

 I had to take this one to show my cousin that indeed there are six not just four blooms.
 I also liked this photo as it has the Calla Lilly's to the forefront, then on the lattice some Jasmine, going down to an azalea in bloom, and at the bottom of what I wanted to capture, a Viburnum Meta-file. 
 I strolled down the upper drive and the Torch Lilly's caught my eye. In this shot I tried to line up the Red Hot pokers, then some red flowering currents in back and farther along.
 This shot is still on the upper drive, I liked it because the Filberts framed the Viburnum Mete-file very well.

This last shot I came closer for, shows an Azalea about to burst bloom in front of the Mete-file.

New Garden

Well do you remember the Oak trees that we had cut down a while back. Don and a young man we hired for the day moved them up into the driveway for use. We did use a couple of them for a new garden bed along the back side of the driveway which backs up to the forest.

He moved them into place and then loaded the bed up with compost. I spent the day moving the compost around in the bed.

Then I dug the Echinacea flowers up from a shady location because they weren't doing very well there and transplanted them into this new garden bed that gets a bit more sunshine.

 I think everything is going to do very well now and I really like the way it turned out.

This is a different view of the garden. Looks good and ready to start producing stuff for us. I am going to plant some cabbage in this garden and see how it does this year.

The figs are doing really well this year. This is the most figs we have had on this tree yet. It is still a young tree.

My potatoes are doing really well also. I sure like the new 4x4 beds we put in last year. Sure makes room for more growing. We put wire mesh under these beds to keep the rabbits, voles and moles from getting the potatoes.

 I had to take a picture of the Wisteria because it is blooming so nice now.

 The top picture is a top view of the Viburnum Metafile plant that I had shown you in an earlier post.

 My peonies are getting ready to bloom. I put one strand of twine around them in hopes of helping to hold the blooms up because they are so big that the stems can't hold them up by themselves. I hope one strand will be enough.

 Last but not least I had to share a picture of my Azalea now blooming. I love the flowers around my yard and it is so nice when you can hear and see the bees working.