Monday, June 12, 2017

Teeny tiny farm update...

and if I don't stop losing height because of osteoporosis, I'm going to be the teeny tiny woman...


Ahhh, Monday! And to think how I used to dread Monday morning. That was back when I was still working as a secretary and driving to Raleigh every day. I wanted to be here...right here, in our new little log home...clearing and cleaning and building a teeny tiny farm. 

So, finally, retirement age...and my, how the years have flown. Now Monday is my favorite day of the week...when everyone else has to go to work.

This morning, I've been busy cleaning the chicken house and patching the chicken wire fence. Aren't chickens messy! The hens were so sure that was feed in the wheelbarrow, not dirty hay.

Our first stop this morning however, was to check the garden...

Hand me the camera, said Poppy, and I'll take a picture of our little lizard...

Here he is! He hangs out under the bean vines mostly, even though his water dish is under the squash vines. We need to give him a name. Poppy wants to tame him...which will probably happen.


It has been years since we've enjoyed such pretty squash, and so many of them...so far, no squash bugs! Could it be help from the lizard? Hope I haven't jinxed us by saying so. Excuse the bandanna. I forgot to carry a basket.

These are the orange bell peppers, so we are waiting.

Do you think a carrot will grow in the half barrel? If so, it will be the first time in my life to grow an edible carrot! 

and here, the zucchini have stared to produce.

That's about it for now. Hope to be back soon, reporting from the sewing room. I've simply got to get busy!! :)

Love,
Henny





28 comments:

  1. thanks for the tour of your little farmyard. You've inspired me to go get some zucchini plants and get something growing!

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  2. Another wonderful tour, it is so lovely to be reaping the rewards of all your hard work. The produce looks amazing.

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  3. Thank you for the post!
    Everything is so pretty and green. You should have said it was an apron-not a bandana!
    Little lizard is a star.When I looked at his skin-it looks like CHEVRONS- You could name it CHEVY :-)
    How are the kitties and puppies? Everything around the chickens may be a mess-but, they aren't
    The white one is sooooooooo clean. Take care and know you and yours are Blessed.

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    1. Hey Blanche. Thank you! We've named the lizard Chevy. Thought you would like to know. :)

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  4. I love retirement! Your garden looks wonderful.

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  5. A tame lizard? Now I've heard everything!!
    Your garden is doing so well. You definitely have a very green thumb!
    I'd say Tuesday is my favourite day of the week. I don't know how 2 people can make so much laundry but Mondays seem full of washing and ironing ( yes, I still iron) and putting clean clothes away. Tuesdays are my days to go thrifting.

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    1. Hey Granny Marigold. I did wash two loads of clothes yesterday. I still iron too, but not like mama did. I iron what needs to be ironed. Mama wanted everything ironed...towels, washcloths, sheets. :)

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  6. That all looks wonderful! Thank the lizard for the beetle help! What a cutie!

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  7. Oh that swing looks inviting!!!!!!!!!!

    Tame lizard! Hmmmmm... What happens when winter comes? will he come inside? >,-)))))))

    on one of my doc visits, I actually got height measure, instead of just weight. and I had not lost as much, as I thought. Was always 5'3". Only lost a half an inch!!!! but it seems I have lost more. more things seem to be too high to reach, and have to call for him, to get them for me. lol

    gentle hugs...

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  8. Beautiful garden and cute lizard. I am thankful that I don't have to get up and drive to a job each day!

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  9. A lot of followers are commenting that they are retired- My husband and I chose to say "we are relaxed"
    because to say retired-seems to be saying that you are getting tired all over again and again :-)

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  10. Your garden looks wonderful! Everything looks so healthy and lush and I love the lizard who makes his home under the beans (or squash). It's like a fairy tale.
    I agree about Mondays and retirement. I also feel the same way about Sunday nights because Sundays nights were always so busy getting ready to pretty much be gone for the next five days. Aren't we lucky to be retired?! I think so.

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  11. I love Mondays also now that I don't work either. Love your little teeny garden!
    Love you

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  12. he camouflages pretty well there

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  13. Things looking wonderful around your little farm.
    You little lizard blends in so well. I'm sure he is keeping the bugs away.

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  14. I love chickens and gardens. Your "orange" peppers reminded me mine are red peppers and DH just picked them while they were green. We should have waited. Oh well, they'll still be good. Yes, retirement (however you refer to it) is great!

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  15. Our garden is a long way from producing anything like yours is! Everything looks great! Even the lizard.

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  16. The not-so-tiny Teeny Tiny Farm is looking mighty fine. Gosh, now I am wishing I had planted squash this year. I gave up on it last year when it was hit so hard with bugs. Lizards are interesting little critters, aren't they? I always have the feeling they know more than they are telling... Summer is here, I think, so take care!

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  17. Lots of fun stuff around your place so why not enjoy Monday?

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  18. How fun if Poppy can tame the lizard. Let me know how he does it. :-)
    As always, love to take a stroll in your yard.
    Carla

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  19. Your garden is doing so well. Ours is just blooming and not all plants are even doing that yet. Love the shot of the swing and the laundry hanging on the line behind it. You and your husband have crated a wonderful little farm and I love how every animal is treated with love and respect, even the visiting lizard :) Are those more beans in the photo behind the peppers? At what stage do you plant a second crop? Have a wonderful week and I hope that you find a little time for sewing this week.
    Connie :)

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    1. Hey Connie...and thank you. That is a row of slow growing okra behind the peppers. I don't know why it's so slow this year. I've never planted a late crop. Every year I think about doing that but when the weather gets really hot, I get pretty burnt out on gardening.

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  20. Your garden grows splendidly, by leaps and bounds !
    I'm always in awe of the vegetables that you produce, in spite of so much tree canopy shade.
    We have lots of sunshine, but the deer seem to be our worst rival, unless we erected an electric fence, it's a hopeless battle daily.
    That little lizard looks quite content to share the garden :)
    ~Jo

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  21. You certainly have a farmer's green thumb! Your garden and harvest looks wonderful!

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  22. You certainly have a farmer's green thumb! Your garden and harvest looks wonderful!

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  23. Wow, you are so far ahead of us it's crazy!! Nothing but lettuce to harvest in my garden yet.

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  24. Perhaps an inversion table would help your spine?
    My husband and I used to be the same height. He has shrunk considerably and I have not. I chalk it up to yoga and stretching my spine.

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