Saturday, May 16, 2015

Poppy is crazy!!




Poppy and I were out playing with Eli. Poppy picked up a stick and said, look Mel, do I look like an old man"? I cracked up. He said, "I guess you will put this on your blog".  

Friends, we got through deer season and now we're done with turkey season. Poppy never killed a turkey, by the way. Three months he was tied up with deer hunting, and one month with turkey hunting. Today was like old times, we actually worked in the yard together.  Yep, together!

We finished tearing down that old dog lot the tree fell on this past winter. Poppy sawed the tree into pieces small enough that we could move them.

While I was mowing the yard with the push mower, he mowed around the pond for the first time this season. Poppy carried the camera. "I will take some pictures for your blog", he said. So, here's pictures, courtesy of Poppy...


On the hill above the pond.



The freshly mowed dam.



There is lots of Honeysuckle in bloom around the pond and it fills the air with sweetness. It smells just wonderful. Did you ever pinch off the end of the honeysuckle flower and taste the sweet nectar inside. That was another childhood adventure almost as exciting as catching lightening bugs. The afternoon sun was shinning through the vines.

That reminds me of mama. As a child I thought Dandelions were beautiful flowers. Mama said if you hold a Dandelion under your chin and it reflects yellow, then you love butter. So I picked a Dandelion flower and brought it to mama. I wanted to find out if I loved butter. Mama held it under my chin and sure enough, it made my skin look yellow. It works, I love butter! :)



And another shot from over on the hill where Poppy was mowing. Not only is the pond muddy but now it's covered in pollen. Still hoping it will clear up. All that melting snow, and then lots of rain rushing down the muddy path and into the pond.



He mowed under the Mimosa tree.



Several of our beloved dogs are buried on this hill above the pond and this was a little memorial Poppy and I made several years ago showing their names. There was Sampson, Nikki, Susie, Cocoa, Splash, Honey, Teddy, Millie, Chip, and Pooh. All were Labs except Teddy and Pooh were small Poodles. Nikki was Wolf and Lab. All were great dogs and we miss them. The spot is pretty run down looking now.




Water Iris are in bloom.

Once again, I need to get busy. My to do list has grown. I did take care of the bugs in the garden with some Dipel DF. Gosh, one eggplant was so bug eaten it may not survive. I got all the tomatoes staked but two, so I need to finish that. Thank you for visiting. :)

Love,
Henny







18 comments:

  1. It's fun having company while you do yard work . Makes it go a little quicker. Glad Poppy is home to help you now. Your property is so beautiful. It's a calming feeling to know your beloved animals are close by even after they pass on. Kane is my first ever dog. I adopted him from a shelter on my 50th birthday. Have a nice wknd, Henny. Hugs, Deb

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  2. Tell Poppy his photographs are great!
    And oh my, honeysuckle and lightning bugs - you just carried me right back to my childhood in Virginia and twilight magic.

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  3. Great photos, love your pond. We have our cat buried under a tree in our backyard.

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  4. I can remember doing the same thing with dandelions as a kid -- holding them under someone's chin to see if they liked butter. We used to make chains from them too. And my father made dandelion wine, so he'd send us kids out to pick bucketsful of dandelions.

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  5. I did the dandelion thing too! I enjoyed Poppys photos...he has a different perspective than you. Your place looks great...we have an pet cemetery too...two of them one for cats and one for dogs. :(

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  6. Wow, things are looking really spiffy around your place. Doesn't it give you a feeling of accomplishment to look at a newly mown area that was previously all shelter-skelter looking?

    How is Eli feeling? Better I hope.

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  7. Poppy did a nice job getting photos! I smiled reading about sucking the nectar out of the honeysuckle and catching lightening bugs :O), both very good memories I agree! That is cute about the dandelion and butter :O)...

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  8. Great pictures. Your farm may be small, but you are blessed with a lot of beauty. :-)
    I bet your dogs would love that slightly overgrown place.
    Hope Eli is feeling better. God bless.

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  9. Thank Poppy for the photos. The one from the other side of the pond allowed me to put things in a bit more perspective as to how your property lies. We don't have an official pet cemetery, but there are four dogs buried in different spots, I know where they all are. A few cats as well, but not sure where those are. Would hate to dig one up while digging a hole for another pet. Have done that once or twice when burying chickens:( Thankfully it was just bones. Oh, and there are a few sheep out there too. Oh my, I'm thinking this place will be quite the boneyard:(

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  10. Thank Poppy for the photos. The one from the other side of the pond allowed me to put things in a bit more perspective as to how your property lies. We don't have an official pet cemetery, but there are four dogs buried in different spots, I know where they all are. A few cats as well, but not sure where those are. Would hate to dig one up while digging a hole for another pet. Have done that once or twice when burying chickens:( Thankfully it was just bones. Oh, and there are a few sheep out there too. Oh my, I'm thinking this place will be quite the boneyard:(

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  11. You had a fun day and got lots done.

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  12. Yes, we always sucked the sugar out of our honeysuckle as kids. I grew up in Arkansas and the first tree I ever climbed (and fell out of) was a mimosa. We'd pretend the blossoms were face powder puffs. Sadly, those trees don't grow here in Michigan.

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  13. Honeysuckle smells so wonderful. I can hardly wait until ours blooms but that won't be for a few more weeks. I never tasted the honeysuckle flowers but I did eat the Nasturtiums! They have a real tang!

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  14. I liked reading that you and your husband actually worked together. Sharing jobs just makes them so much more enjoyable.

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  15. The dandelion thing must be universal, as we did it as children here in the UK too. Funnily enough I did it with my grandchildren yesterday whilst making daisy chains.

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  16. I wish we could mow here, but the yard is so wet, the frogs have moved in. LOL! We have buried several animals here on the farm, most recently our beloved horse, Grady. I am glad to own land where we can do that. My pond is overflowing, but it has cleared up a bit. I'm not liking the pollen at all- keeps my sinuses messed up.

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  17. Looks like you and poppy have been working hard at getting things mowed. Hope you take a lot of pictures today at Aunt Shelby's dinner. Have a great weekend. Love ya!

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  18. you have such a beautiful spread, but sounds like it's a lot of work. When out working on our little corner lot, I must remind myself how much more work I'd be doing if I were out in the country like you.

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