Turkeys and Trees

Posted by mrssmythe on March 5, 2017 in Chickens, Critters, Week in Review |

The turkeys are back! Here you can see them (if you look closely) walking in a line behind our back fence. I was reading with the windows open the morning they arrived. They were making noises that I thought, at first, were coming from the chickens. But, the noises weren’t exactly like the ones the chickens […]

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The Week in Review

Posted by mrssmythe on September 18, 2016 in Baking, Critters, Garden, Photography, Seasons, Week in Review |

Leaf Report: We’re starting to see patches of fall color here. Many of the trees have smudges of red  and orange, but, overall, the bulk of the scenery remains a stalwart green. With school in session again, there are lots of books laying around house. I’m just as apt to leave mine around as the girls. Here […]

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Odds and Ends – Plus a Good Book

Posted by mrssmythe on July 29, 2016 in Books, Critters, Family, Shopping, Week in Review |

Some recent items that weren’t enough to prompt a post of their own but are still fun to share… Hollyhock dolls! This is the reason I grew hollyhocks in the first place. I’d always heard about hollyhock dolls, but had never made one of my own. I think this is such a clever idea. You can’t beat […]

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The Week in Review

Posted by mrssmythe on July 9, 2016 in Week in Review |

Some snippets from the past week… A kitchen garden we saw at Historic Deerfield while picnicking on the Fourth of July: Isn’t it lovely? So orderly. So tidy. So dog-proof. The chickens, enjoying watermelon we brought home from the same picnic: Pepper’s chickens love watermelon. They can strip a slice down to the rind in no time […]

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The Shadow Knows…

Posted by mrssmythe on April 27, 2016 in Critters |

I don’t post much about the cats. They don’t chew up toys. They don’t run away. They don’t arrive in boxes through the mail. They’re wonderfully boring. But, occasionally, they do manage to do things that put them in the spotlight. Like today, when Shadow seemed to be everywhere and into everything… Beginning with the potato […]

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