A few years ago one of our foster dogs, Maisy, had a stuffed owl that our neighbor kid named Mr.Hooters. Since then, Mr.Hooters has had much love from many different dogs – I believe Mr.Hooters is still hanging out at the lake.
At any rate, this past weekend, we had a real life Mr. (or Mrs…not sure) Hooters come and visit the farm for a while. The size and “horns” gave it away as a Great Horned Owl and we watched him out by the pond for quite some time until he flew up into the trees and we couldn’t see him anymore.
We have heard owls on various occasions at night and it is so amazing. One night last summer we heard two of them hooting back and forth. SO COOL. An surprising how loud and low some of the noises they make are.
Husband managed to get a few pictures – unfortunately, the dirty windows and the distance proved a little bit tricky, but you can definitely tell what it is!
Owls are such interesting birds. Have you ever read up on them? You should – they’re amazing!
Counting down the days until the winter solstice…ready to start seeing more of the sunshine again. I’ve been missing it! It was another cold one here today…22 degrees “below the doughnut” when we left for work this morning. Brrrrr. Kind of loving it though…the fireplace sure feels good!
I have officially accepted that summer is coming to a close and that the very beautiful season of fall is slowly taking over. The fields around our house have been harvested and the corn off in the distance is turning more golden every day.
FALL. I love fall. The weather is perfect. The scenery is breathtaking. Time to retire the sandals and bring out the boots and tights. Blue skies and beautiful leaves turning all shades of colors. LOVE!
I took a little romp out through my severely neglected garden and cannot believe how many different types of pumpkins and gourds are growing out there! Do they cross pollinate with each other and make weird hybrids? I don’t know, but I am very sure that I did not plant that many varieties!
The weeds got a little out of control and I did not water even once out there, so it was a real survival of the fittest experiment we had going on.
I started taking pictures of all the different kinds of fall decorations growing out there but gave up – too much like work!
So, here is a compilation of a few of the different things. Am realizing that next year I need to plant a better variety of colors – almost everything is orange! But I love orange in the fall so I’m pretty ok with it. :)
I didn’t get as much broom corn as I was hoping for and the mini indian corn is not looking terribly promising, but those were both old seeds so I am just thrilled that anything grew at all. I think we will save seeds again this year – maybe just throw a bunch of the gourds and pumpkins back into the garden this fall and see what comes up next year!
Gardening is such a fun hobby – I am so excited to go out and harvest all of these treasures! I can hardly wait to see how much is actually out there! It is still hard to tell with most of the leaves still alive.
Happy Fall Ya’ll!
Husband found this very cute little creature in the yard last night. Oh my gosh – look at that little face! I love how tree frogs always look like they are smiling. CUTE!
This evening I got up close and personal with a BEAUTIFUL dragonfly. I was going around the outside of the house taking care of some weeds and noticed this amazing dragonfly perched on the side of the house behind the propane tank. I (obviously) couldn’t pass up the opportunity to take a few pictures and (if I do say so myself!) they turned out so neat!
Here is a full picture of the gorgeous green giant -
Isn’t it AMAZING?! So, of course we took a bunch of pictures from slightly different angles, different camera settings, the works. Here are a few of my favorites.
And the very best, saved for last – click on this one to view it larger. Check out the compound eyes on this beast!
I could upload 20 more – they are all so neat! We are most certainly going to blow some of these up to hang in our house!
One of my very favorite things about our little farm – 360 degree views. How many people out there have amazing opportunity to look out of their windows, any side of the house, and see nothing but trees and skies and fields? Not very many I’m guessing. :) Although I guess we can see one neighbors house from the patio door in our bedroom…right now anyways. We put in a few bushes that should grow in the new few years to gradually conceal us into our own private little world!
Standing in the kitchen, looking out to the east. I see fields of green, skies of blue – our own version of a wonderful life!
And speaking of planting – I didn’t even mention our huge project a few weekends ago – we planted 16 trees! We got bare-root trees from an awesome local nursery and spent a very long, hot, sweaty, dirty day planting. We have so many trees already, but a huge percentage of them are ash and it makes me nervous that they are getting towards the end of their lives. So, we are planning to put a few in each year. I told husband that we were not going to get more than 5, and then we can home with 16. In future years though, I’m thinking we will stick to the 3-5 range. We came home with some really exciting varieties…Princeton Elm, Cut-Leaf Weeping Birch, Paper Birch, Black Walnut, Tamarac/Larch, Flame Willow – and the list goes on! We stuck them all over the yard – can’t wait to watch them grow in the years to come!