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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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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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Blue Skies and Showers

Posted by mrssmythe on July 7, 2015 in Critters, Garden |

Today was one of those strange days where the weather bounces back and forth between rain and shine. All day it did this. It made dressing a challenge, turned my hair frizzy, and thwarted our plans at the pond. The bumblebees, however, were not deterred. They soldiered on whether wet or not, stopping only periodically to dry off. […]

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Reviving the Pond

Posted by mrssmythe on June 17, 2015 in Critters, Garden |

This was the year we were going to say goodbye to the pond. The fish did not survive the winter, the leaf litter at the bottom was disheartening, and our latest pump had finally died. CPT America was looking forward to draining the water, filling in the hole, and moving on. And then the water lilies started blooming. […]

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