Wednesday, July 26, 2017

count down is closer

                    When I was out in Seattle a week ago,  I stopped by Pikes Market. The vegetables and flowers and fish were so beautiful in color   I thought that I would share a few of them today.   This is some of the wonderful mushrooms that I saw.   I even dared to have some salmon and tuna shipped home.

         I don't have any photos from around the farm because since coming home I have done nothing but paint, caulk, clear coat and seal the floors and walls of the new house.  I have the stairs in and the door knobs on and the water is working,  so we are going to hopefully get a Certificate of Occupancy this week or beginning of next week.   Then the real fun starts of finishing packing up the old house and moving to the new.  My yard man has been working on putting in the irrigation system and hopefully we can move plants soon too.
                     Picture of the Space Needle in Seattle.   enjoy the view.

                               Well,  that's all the news from the south,  
                                Happy" farming" to all the farm girl sisters out there.
                                See you next week. down on the farm.




Tuesday, July 18, 2017

another week on the farm

 Here is the stair well almost done.  We are working hard to finish up the last few things in hopes to pull the final inspection  next week.  I have been busy painting and staining woodwork and cleaning up and have not had any time to work on things I would like to work on.

                        a fuzzy photo of the wonderful 6 burner viking stove.  My dream come true. 


overgrown radishes and Mexican sunflower.  from the garden this week.  It is raining again and so everything is growing too fast.  but it will help the two new pecan trees that I just planted.

                                 Well,  that's all the news from the south,  
                                Happy" farming" to all the farm girl sisters out there.
                                See you next week. down on the farm.


Wednesday, June 28, 2017

the garden has exploded

                                              Beautiful sunflower in the garden

              The rain has been none stop and the garden has exploded with tomatoes, radish, peppers and flowers. The tomatoes that have ripen are the small patio tomatoes,  which  of course I planted in the garden. But they taste so good that I have just been out there eating them off the vines.  I need to pick them and pull the radishes so that I can bring them home and add them to the salads that I always seem to eat every night..

  Yes those are yellow heirloom tomatoes, that are patio tomatoes.   I have really enjoyed having them in the garden and will definitely plant them again.  The peppers  are a hot variety , but not jalapenos.  but they look good too
  Here is the pumpkin that just grew right outside the garden.  Only one plant and two pumpkins,  the second one rotted before we could get it off the vine.   Of course we gave it to the chickens and they loved it.

                            Here are the happy girls having just gotten some extra scratch.

  And here is the old Victorian mantel installed in the house.  This mantel was in my grandfathers house and we brought it home to use in our new house   I love the way it looks

                                 Well,  that's all the news from the south,  
                                Happy" farming" to all the farm girl sisters out there.
                                See you next week. down on the farm.

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

working on the house

                                      Rainy day in the country

        We are working hard an trying to tie up the last bit of the house and finish it so that we can get the final inspection done.  We have to finish tiling the bathroom and the kitchen along with grout in the living room.   the electricity is getting done ( all the little bits) and we are waiting for the counter top in the bathroom so that the plumber can come back and finish.    I think it will be July before I get in the house,  but I would really like to see it done.
  The day-lilies are blooming and will soon be transplanted to the front of the new house, along with the old fashioned lilies and agapathus.   Also Camellias, azaleas, and crepe myrtle and I am planning a nice sitting garden on the side with a water feature and a fire pit.
                                                            View of the kitchen


                                     Well,  that's all the news from the south,  
                                Happy" farming" to all the farm girl sisters out there.
                                See you next week. down on the farm.

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

And the rain keeps coming

                                                 One of our many Mary Jane quilts  

  Well   the rain is still coming down,  almost can set your clock by it and there is no shortage of stuff growing in the garden.  It has exploded with all the rain.  The tomatoes are going crazy as well as the radishes and the beans.  The sunflowers are crazy blooming and the potatoes are starting to grow. The tomatillos are also going crazy.  I will soon be putting up loads of food in the pantry.

    I have been to the International Egg Show in Dallas and had a wonderful time connecting with all my friends and catching up on the news.  

   Yes that ear of corn is made from an egg.    It is a goose egg that has been carved.

   On the way there I stopped in the Mississippi at the Sandhill Crane refuge.  I got to see a wild orchid blooming and also got this really pretty picture of some white flowers that were blooming.  of course I was dogging rain drops while I was there.
   Had a wonderful time and now back home to the grind of getting the house finally finished I hope and getting ready to move.

                                 Well,  that's all the news from the south,  
                                Happy" farming" to all the farm girl sisters out there.
                                See you next week. down on the farm.

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Rain Rain dont go away

                                                   A days harvest of dragon beans
        And that was before all the rain.  I have been busy putting up beans, peas, leeks, and the tomatoes are starting to blossom and there is a huge pumpkin is the garden. ready to be picked. (I think)     I have also been busy finishing up lots of quilts many of them MJ sisterhood swaps and enjoying every minute.  I hope to get a few more done in the next few days so that I can say that I am almost caught up.

  the stack that I got done, and the one that I just quilted waiting to come off the machine.

              The house is moving along slowly and now I am waiting for the countertop in the kitchen and the stairs to be completed.  I have about 2 weeks to wait for those custom orders and then hopefully I will be ready for final inspection.  only 6 months after it was to be done.   That means I am hopefully moving at the end of June maybe before if I am lucky


                                 Well,  that's all the news from the south,  
                                Happy" farming" to all the farm girl sisters out there.
                                See you next week. down on the farm.

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Things are getting done

                                                 First Sunflower of the year

     Well, things are moving along .  The tomatoes are planted in the garden and radishes are up and carrots too.  We have a huge pumpkin that is growing by leaps an bounds and peas and beans are ready to pick.   The potatoes are growing great too.  I want to fertilize everything to help keep it growing and water every day, since we really have not had enough rain.

                 Saw this neat fence when I was in Easton Pa.   It is made out of left over pieces of trim from different places.  Thought it was a good way to recycle leftovers.

         The house is moving along also.   We have been working on getting the cabinets in and finishing the tile in the upstairs bathroom.  We also got the electrical inspected and passed  so now we are waiting to be connected to the main line and get our meter put in.  Hopefully that is going to happen in the next few days.



                                                 tulips and pink dogwood in bloom in Pa.

                               Well,  that's all the news from the south,  
                                Happy" farming" to all the farm girl sisters out there.
                                See you next week. down on the farm.


Tuesday, April 18, 2017

time well spent

                                                        The little chicks are growing quickly


          And will soon be let loose with the big girls.  I am really looking forward to all the eggs that we will be getting.  It will be nice to have these girls scratching around the garden and yard looking for bugs.  They are so comical at times.

          The house is moving along.  The tile is now going down and hopefully will be done in the next week .  the ceilings have been painted and the walls are being painted.  the Air conditioning should be in at the end of the week.
                                                      A view of the Kitchen

           I have replanted some of the seeds that did not grow yet and been watering the garden.   The squash is growing by leaps and bounds as well as the snap peas and snow peas.  We also have some cowpeas this year.    The tomatoes are ready to transplant along with the tomitillos and peppers.  That will keep me busy for most of the summer.



                 a sleepy Tiger cat and a view of the church Easter Sunday morning at 600am

                               Well,  that's all the news from the south,  
                                Happy" farming" to all the farm girl sisters out there.
                                See you next week. down on the farm.

Friday, April 7, 2017

Chickens and gardening

                                                 Tomatoe starts in the greenhouse

           Goodness,  we have the best rain ever this week  It was over 5 inches at the farm and everything including the chickens enjoyed it.  The crops really started growing and the garden really looks good except that now I need to go weed it.   I have several things that have not sprouted yet and I am going to give them about another week before I get more seeds and replant.  We did have a cold nigh right after I planted, but I did not think that would hurt the seeds.

          The quilt machine is back up and running and I am getting caught up on several outstanding projects.  I am happy that I am getting caught up, but still have a long list of quilts that I want to do.
                                                          an out of control squash already,  

   Monday the new chicks are going outside for the first time the weather is nice enough for them to be there. and we have fenced off an area in the big coop  for them to get used to and the older girls to get used to them.  They have certainly grown in the past week and there is not a lot of room in the pen.
                                                                   One of the happy chickens

                               
                                 Well,  that's all the news from the south,  
                                Happy" farming" to all the farm girl sisters out there.
                                See you next week. down on the farm.

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Growing plants


                                                The baby chicks are really growing

     Seems that everything is starting to grow now.  Flowers in bloom and trees budding out and blooms on the fruit trees,  keeping me busy as well as the garden with new tomatoes starting from seed and other vegetables.  The potatoes are already taking off and the peas and beans are growing like wildfire.  I should have lots of produce to freeze and can this year.

     I have been quilting again as well as working on lots of other art work.  I am still doing my art journal and have now started bible journaling.   I am enjoying my chance to go back and read the bible and write down how I feel about different verses.  My art journal is all over the place with writing, water colors, and paper empheria.   I enjoy it and it is allowing me the chance to do some art.
                                   One of the beautiful amaryllis that grow in front of the studio. 
   The outside of the house is done, and they are getting ready to start the inside.  Hopefully in the next month we will be moving in.  and I am finally getting excited.    I am starting to design the front entrance with the plants and grass and how the drive way will work, So hopefully you will get to see that soon.

                                 Well,  that's all the news from the south,  
                                Happy" farming" to all the farm girl sisters out there.
                                See you next week. down on the farm.


Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Morning on the farm

                                                          Early morning on the farm.

                   Got up early and went out to one of the blinds to see what might walk thru.   I saw several turkeys and 3 deer ( one was a small fawn)  and enjoyed the quiet of the morning.  It was cold ( 38) degrees but I enjoyed the time spent in the blind.

                  I have been trying to get some things done at home,  like packing and organizing things so that the move,  whenever it happens might be a little smoother.   I have also been working  on some of my other projects like jewelry and decorated eggs.  I have a bout a month  until the first show for this year. and I need to get ready.

                I was out on a drive today,  going down past Ocala to see a friend and found that the wild phlox which native Floridians call Pinks has started to bloom.   Of course I had to take some photos



                                  Well,  that's all the news from the south,  
                                Happy" farming" to all the farm girl sisters out there.
                                See you next week. down on the farm.

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Still Under construction

                                               The most updated photo of the house.

              It is beginning to look like the house in my vision,  but we still have a way to go.  the roof is not finished yet and there is still some more railing to go up.  and Of course the inside still needs to be finished.  We have to get the roof finished before we get the next inspection and then we can start on the inside.

             The new chicks are growing like crazy.  they have started getting feathers and little attitudes. But they are really cute and quite funny.  They hear me talking and run to all corners of the cage.
I am really looking forward to the fresh eggs that we are going to be getting.
       
               Worked in the garden this week as well.  Finished planting all the vegetables that were direct sow into the garden. and then planted all the others,  such as peppers and tomatoes in flats in the greenhouse.  and  now of course it is going to freeze.   The orange tree is blooming as well as both the lemons, and the fig trees are covered in new leaves.   I am going to try to protect as much as I can but I wont be able to save everything.   GRRRRR.

    I have also been working on quilting some tops in hopes to get caught up with everything.  I hope to have two tops done tomorrow  I was asked by someone to remake a quilt that had belonged to her mother in law.  the Other sister in law had worked on it and well things were not great.   This is what is left of the quilt.
Seems like the sister in law decided to deconstruct the quilt and used scissors to just cut the squares off the top of the quilt.    Oh what fun.  but it is beginning to come together.

 
                                 Well,  that's all the news from the south,  
                                Happy" farming" to all the farm girl sisters out there.
                                See you next week. down on the farm.

 

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

all things considered

                                                  not something you would see in Fla.

    Found this guy sunbathing on a rock in Tulum Mexico,  while on a cruise.   Had the best time on the cruise and so enjoyed myself,  Laughing myself silly with all my friends.   great relaxing time.  Of course the bead classes were fun too,  and I am still trying to finish up some things.

            The house is moving along,  hope to get some photos tomorrow and find out what the problem is with the inspector who apparently wants to be a bit of an donkeys behind.   other then that  I should have the deck down and most of the outside painted.   I now need to get busy and pack up the house.  Haha,  I no more want to do that then the trip to the moon,  but I know I have to do it.
           

Managed to get a bit of a sinus infection on the trip so I am battling that right now.   I have also gotten 8 new baby chicks and have to get some good photos of them as well so that you get to see them.
one of the bracelets that I made on the cruise



A beautiful glass bird that was located on the 8th floor   Just loved the colors.

         Well,  that's all the news from the south,  
                                Happy" farming" to all the farm girl sisters out there.
                                See you next week. down on the farm.
 

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Valentines day

                                                 Here is what the house looks like this week.

   It has been a busy week here, with electricians, framers, painter, and roofers running around.  We are slowly getting the siding on and the painter has started to stain the upper gables, and paint the primer on the house.    The electricians are almost done and the roofers are just getting started.  They are actually forming the roof on site since I am putting a metal roof on.  It is very interesting to watch them take a plain sheet of metal and form it into a standing metal seam roof.


                Some very delicious valentines donuts that I saw the other day.  Of course I had to have one.   We are waiting to go out tomorrow night for dinner, since in a college town you would have a hard time getting reservations on Valentines Day.
  A nice walk in the woods.  The weather has been warm  in the upper 70's and if this is what we have now,  I don't want to see what the weather will be like in July.    I have been working on rearranging the studio, and doing some water color paintings.  Just relaxing before I take a well deserved vacation for a week.   I am going to leave the husband in charge of everything and just run away for a week.

                                   Well,  that's all the news from the south,  
                                Happy" farming" to all the farm girl sisters out there.
                                See you next week. down on the farm.