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Fall is Here!

Posted by mrssmythe on September 26, 2019 in Chickens, Crafting, Critters, Garden, Pollinators, Seasons |

Summer is gone, and now we are within the “season of mists and mellow fruitfulness” (as Keats would say). I think he sums it up rather nicely, don’t you? That is exactly how things have been around here of late – misty mornings and mellow fruitfulness. Enough fruit, in fact, to make a couple of […]

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Journeyman Camp at Old Sturbridge Village

Posted by mrssmythe on August 11, 2019 in Family, Garden, Museums, Out & About |

Before I forget, I want to share about Pepper’s experience at the Old Sturbridge Village day camp this summer.   Pepper had a¬†wonderful time at this camp. In fact, I was surprised by how much she enjoyed it. She spent the week immersed in 1830’s life, wearing the clothing and performing the work that someone […]

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Behold, the Bachelor’s Button…(aka Cornflower)

Posted by mrssmythe on July 31, 2019 in Garden, Insects, Pollinators |

One of my favorite garden plants this season has been the Bachelor’s Buttons – aka Cornflowers. I used to read novels (usually romance novels) in which characters were described as having “cornflower blue eyes”. I never knew what that meant until I started gardening and put two and two together. Now, looking at the gorgeous […]

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Life Amidst the Milkweed

Posted by mrssmythe on July 29, 2019 in Critters, Garden |

So, let me tell you about my Swamp Milkweed. First of all – my Swamp Milkweed is not in a swamp. My Swamp Milkweed is along a busy road, in a sunny part of my front yard, in soil that is not the clay-rich, wet soil that Swamp Milkweed is supposed to like. And, yet, […]

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A Jumping Guinea Hen, A Visit to a Cave, and Lots of Insects

Posted by mrssmythe on July 21, 2019 in Books, Chickens, Crafting, Critters, Garden, Seasons, Travel, Week in Review |

Greetings to you! I hope you’re staying cool in all of this heat – that is if, like us, your area of the world is currently sweltering! For once, it’s too hot even to go to the pond, so we’re all hunkered down inside, cuddling up to the fans and window A/C units. The chickens […]

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