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May Update – lots of animals, some baking, and a bit of gardening

Posted by mrssmythe on May 24, 2020 in Baking, Chickens, Crafting, Critters, Garden, Pollinators |

It’s hard to feel isolated when you’re surrounded by animals. That’s one of the things that has helped our family during these past weeks of self-isolation. The pets keep us firmly set in our routines. They provide us with companionship. They entertain us. I’m beginning to view them less as dependents and more as contributors […]

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New Yard Visitors and a Traveling Turkey

Posted by mrssmythe on April 13, 2020 in Chickens, Crafting, Critters, Insects, On the Home Front, Pollinators, Seasons, Week in Review |

Things continue to wake up in the yard and in the neighborhood. These days, the corn we put out for the chickens draws a wide range of visitors – from chipmunks and birds to squirrels and, most recently, a rabbit. Meanwhile, the azalea in the front yard – one of the few things blooming – […]

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October Summary

Posted by mrssmythe on November 1, 2019 in Crafting, Family, Garden, Out & About, Pollinators, Seasons |

October greetings to everyone! Isn’t this a fun picture of the girls? We stopped in at Yankee Candle in Deerfield last week and couldn’t resist a shot in front of these pumpkins. Yankee Candle always does a great job with their fall decorating. I haven’t written in a while – I hope to remedy that […]

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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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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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