Tuesday, August 30, 2016

The Holdout

Many things on the farmette are moving past their prime.  If it isn't the impending change of season, then it's the relentless heat that is wearing them down.  This tiny sunflower blossom is brilliant among the tired stalks.  

Beauty survives, even among the desolate.  

Sunday, August 28, 2016

Butterflies Abound

Our summer season is coming to a close.....

Our apple and pear trees are dropping their fruits and our mornings are becoming cool and foggy.  

Some fruit is picked, some is harvested for deer food plots, and some, sadly, falls to the ground.  

The latter seems to be the best circumstance for the butterflies.  

They do enjoy the sweet fruit on the ground, as well as any wildflower along our road.  

"Happiness is a butterfly, which when persued, is always just beyond your grasp,  but which, if you will sit down quietly, may alight upon you."  

Nathaniel Hawthorne 

Friday, August 26, 2016

Friday Randoms

A sweet butterfly I spied on the farmette.  

I can't believe this happened to The Colonel.  I mean, it was supposed to be a secret.  Harlan would not be happy. 

When the time comes, I can only hope to reside in a facility as wonderful as this.  

This little baby is sleeping through her moment of fame.  

Leaving you with a little Rye Whiskey for the weekend.  

Linking up with Tanya 

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Thursday, August 25, 2016

Thankful Thursday

A scene from a walk this week.  

Thankful today for just today. 
 A chance to be the person I need to be to so many people.  
The parent, wife, teacher, daughter, etc......

Who will need you today?  

"I don't want to say everything happens for a reason, but everyday is lined up right next to the other one for a reason.  The best you can do is each day well with kindness and as a good person."  

Mayim Bialik 

Tuesday, August 23, 2016


The one on the left is coming in for a landing and has a bit of competition from the pesky guy on the right.  

I have a spot, outside my kitchen window, that is shaded by an upper story deck.  Feeders and flowers flourish here, as do the hummingbirds.  Not only do they stop by for a snack, they land and relax all through the day.  

"God gives every bird his worm, but he does not throw it into the nest."  

P.D. James  

Sunday, August 21, 2016

Saving Seeds

I mentioned earlier this summer that I had some Four O'Clocks growing here at the farmette.  A favorite of mine as I remember them from childhood.  My Grandmother Bird always grew them at her house in Kentucky.  She would send my mom envelopes of the seeds when we lived in North Dakota.  

Needless to say, no one else in the neighborhood, or maybe the entire Air Force Base, had these growing in their flower beds.  Standing around 24 inches tall at maturity, they get their name because they open late in the afternoon.  It's really the drop in temperature that does the trick.  On cool summer days, they stay open all day long.  

When the seeds turn black, they will fall off and self-sow, giving you plenty of plants for the next growing season.  They do form tuberous roots which help them come back year, after year.  

This season I am collecting plenty of seeds to spread their joy around the farmette.   

"Just living is not enough.....one must have sunshine, freedom, and a little flower."  

Hans Christian Anderson 

Friday, August 19, 2016

Friday Randoms

A lovely farmette flower to take my mind off of a laundry room mess.  Did you know that getting an old washer and dryer out of a house is stressful even when all you do is hold the door open for its exit?  On the flip side, a new set will reside here this afternoon.  

If you are a fan of, American Pickers, then you will enjoy this peek into Mike Wolfe's home.  

I can say that I wouldn't have been as calm as this cyclist, but his furry visitors sure were cute.  

Here are some great shots from the Olympic games.  

Sending you off into the weekend with some Three Dog Night.

Linking up with Tanya today