The last few evenings have been beautiful, warm nights that make loosing summer hard. We took the opportunity to take a walk around the farm with our toddler and see what signs of fall we could find. Exploring the farm through the eyes of our daughter has been one of my favorite parts of becoming a parent, I can not help but get wrapped up in her excitement over things that I would normally look past.
First, we found a rouge "pumpkin" plant growing out of our burn pile. It makes me a little sad this plant looks better than any plant I intentionally planted in the pumpkin patch this year. We had a VERY wet June and powdery mildew took it's toll on a lot of the patch.
We looked hard and finally found the "pum-quin".
Side note: I am always sad when Alice looses how she pronounces a word wrong; I know she has to grow up and talk like a real person, but can't she say "pum-quin" for ever?!!?
How beautiful is this cream and green squash? Two of our plants crossed last year and this is the result.
Then we found a garden spider.
Things you have to say when raising a brave child : "No, please don't try to hold the spider, it is busy. I know it is pretty, but we don't want to break it's web" What I am really thinking : "If you touch that spider I am going to run away screaming and probably cry."
This spider is just BEGGING to be a part of the Halloween decorations.
I have made a promise to myself that I would never kill an outside spider because they do good.... But if she comes in my house I WILL put a cup over her and ask my husband to squish her later.
And finally we made our way to the sunflowers. This was my first year planting sunflowers; I love them, and can't wait to add more next year.
My little one is always wanting to help. She is finally getting old enough to take care of this chore by herself.
This past Friday Jesse and Alice went to a "back to farm auction" in hopes of picking up some new sheep. Jesse was brave taking a two year old to a livestock auction, but it was a successful night. The next morning we were ready to welcome the sheep to the barn.
Alice wore an appropriate barn outfit....... don't argue with a toddler when they pick out their clothes. (If you look close, you can see her shoes are on the wrong feet!)
I peered into the trailer to find these three cuties looking back at me. These are Suffolk ewes, they were all born in January 2015, and have been with a buck for the past few months. They are potentially bred with an unknown lambing date..... Have I even mentioned how much I LOVE surprises?
Suffolk sheep have an all black "smooth" face. Our last buck was a Hampshire, and his offspring have a bit more wool on their face, we refer to them as The Fuzzies. Below is 22, a 2014 Fuzzy.
I wanted to document re-potting our indoor orange tree, but what I actually captured is a sweet moment between a father and his daughter.
This is my potted orange tree. I bought it from Gurney's Seeds in the summer of 2014. When it arrived in the mail it was but a mere twig with a handful of leaves. It spent the summer outside in the sunshine, the winter in a south facing window in the warm upstairs. Before the spring and summer arrived I wanted to get the plant into a new pot so it had room to stretch it's roots and continue growing.
Start with a larger container and potting mix of your choice. Citrus trees like to have loose dirt around their roots. Add the dirt to the pot, and lightly pat it down.
The seaman tells stories of winds, the ploughman of