Tuesday, May 14, 2019

Little Biddies

Sometimes I simply can't wait to get a new post published and move the last one on down the line. Don't know why it embarrasses me to look back at my posts.

Just when I was seriously thinking about finding a home for all the hens and getting out of the chicken business, look what turned up...

Three days old and already asking questions.



aren't they sweet

Then tonight when I closed the chicken house door, discovered another baby chick peeping out from it's mama's wing.
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So, it's now Tuesday morning and the weather has turned cool. Sure feels good. There were bad storms just south of us yesterday. Lots of trees down and homes damaged. 

Got so much to do today, I don't know where to begin. :(   Did want to finish this post, oh, and answer a question or two from that last post. Sorry for not getting back to reply...

Carla, no, Poppy didn't get a turkey this time. He was disappointed. We sure do not need another turkey tail feather display on the wall!

Debby, the stir-fry broccoli is something new, developed by Bonnie Plants. It grows one small head of broccoli in the center of the plant. When that one is cut out, many stems then grow with little broccoli heads that can be cut and eaten whole. We grew these last year and loved it. Lots of tiny tender broccoli heads. 

Dianna, if the Ford Hook Lima beans do good, I'll give you a call. :) I really will if you will come for a visit. 

Connie, thank for the encouraging words about blogging. I think I need to start back in about the third grade and pay attention. :) 

Willie, glad I was checking back. I love the quotes about "Mothers".

Thank you friends for the nice comments, I love and appreciate every one. 

Okay, I'm off to work now.

Oh, Smokey wanted me to show you this picture. This is his new hiding place, on the little shelf under the new dining table...the one Poppy said, "you need to keep the cats off this new table". :)


Okay, I'm off to work now.

Love,
Henny

Friday, May 10, 2019

Gardening, and a little row of dogs too




Oh my goodness! Two new followers. Thank you, Pelinpembesi and L. McKnight! That is such a nice surprise. I feel like my posts get sorrier and sorrier... 

but I do still love blogging and love and appreciate my blogging friends. 

There is simply no end to the work around here. Seems lately, half my time is spent mowing since Poppy is tied up with turkey hunting. I've also got the garden planted.

The garden is not all that great yet but here are a few pictures...
 outside the teeny tiny garden, looking in

inside the teeny tiny garden, looking out

Along the fence line are zinnias, cosmos, asters, and a few sunflowers seeds planted, and the tall green plants up at the far end are red potatoes.

Along that wattle fence, "my little wattle fence", which this year happens to be the best one I've built; the half-runner green beans are growing. I'm proud of that wattle fence. Real proud.  :)

and next to the green beans are tomato plants and three sage plants, still so tiny you can hardly see them. 


and there goes Poppy up the road. He did stop and speak. He's pretty disgusted with turkey hunting this season. No turkey yet. Thank goodness we are in the last week of the season. Maybe life can get back to normal next week.  

anyhow, that empty row next to the tomatoes is planted with big ford hook lima beans, and two eggplants. Then another row of half-runner beans, a different variety...

and the last row is half stir-fry broccoli and half peppers. Then along the fence line is okra and onions, and in the half barrel way up in the corner I've planted little leaf cucumbers.


Also down near the garden gate are three zucchini and three yellow squash plants. 


meanwhile, back at the playhouse; I've simply got to get all those Iris divided and re-potted. 


this one was so pretty.


a new little friend.




Smokey sees him too.


I suppose a frog is not as much fun as a mouse.

Should end this post now, but first, want to show you a few pictures of big Eli and little Weetie and how they have been sleeping lately...





yep, these are our guard dogs

Thank you for visiting. Hope to be back real soon. Hope you will come back too.

Oh!  "Happy Mother's Day" to all you mothers out there. 

Love,
Henny





Wednesday, May 1, 2019

Pussy Cats, Pussytoes, and other flowers

That old sweet Smokey kept me company in the kitchen last night...
He looked like he could hardly hold his eyes open but we talked about baby birds and little bunny rabbits. 
"With all the cans of kitty cat food we open every day, you need to stay away from little bird's nests and baby bunnies", I told him.

"Oh mom, you know me. I wouldn't hurt a flea". 

"That rocking chair over there looks mighty comfortable".

"Are we about done here"? 



and...

the wild 'Pussytoes' are beginning to bloom. Aren't they cute? The blooms look and feel just like the soft little toes on a kitty.

Said I would be back with pictures of the yellow water iris around the pond, so starting here at the dam...
then across the front toward the pier...

and across the little footbridge...

to the pier...
and on around...

up the hill to the mimosa tree...

and way over on the other side by the woods...
not that it's all that great, but the amazing thing is that we bought one, just one,water iris in 1996 and planted it by the pond.  

Well, surely I have worn out my welcome. There's lots of work to be done today, so I need to get busy. Oh, The teeny tiny garden is planted. Not much to show yet, but I'll be back.

Thank you for the nice comments on my last post.

Thank you to a new follower, Susan Salmon. Thank you so much. I sure appreciate my blogging friends. 

Love,
Henny











Wednesday, April 24, 2019

A little from Henny Penny Lane

Dear friends,

Have you visited my playhouse lately?
Why, I have a new broom you haven't seen and two new pillows for the old lawn chairs we had planned to carry to the dump.

The two old chairs stacked together make a neat little place to cool off after working in the garden.
and the little side table, well, my neighbor Ann gave me the little metal base and the granite top came from the Scrap Exchange.

I've been needing a playhouse broom because of the tree we left standing. 

You see, it is a holly tree. Holly trees are much too beautiful to chop down, so the playhouse floor was built around the trunk of the tree. See it in the picture?

Only problem with holly trees...in early spring when the other trees are turning green and beautiful, the holly tree's leaves are turning yellow and falling off. Holly leaves are definitely no fun to walk on.

You are probably thinking, oh no, not more yard pictures...



but, I do have a few. It simply amazes me to look up at how the snowball bush towers above the house and seems to bloom more beautifully every year. We can thank Poppy for that. He bought the bush many years ago and it was he who planted it where it is today.

Yesterday, I did bring out the old yellow push mower, filled it with gas, pulled the cord twice and it started! So mowing has begun for me. Trouble is, thanks to my landscaping...


it's a lot like mowing in a corn maze. I mow sections at a time...pushing and pulling the mower over humps and stumps, footbridges and paths, why, I am always hitting a tree root and the mower motor grinds to a stop which scares me half to death.

The yellow water iris have started to bloom...


These are not the best pictures. I just thought the reflection in the pond was pretty.

I'll be back to show you the iris blooming all around the pond, and more of the teeny tiny garden that I've been working on. I must say, the plants right now are teeny tiny too. 

Appreciate you all so much...and a special thank you to Shug, a new follower.

Love,
Henny



















Wednesday, April 17, 2019

A spring post, and warning to turkeys in the area



Dearest friends,

I have been trying to post a little something for days now and my mind won't be still long enough...

...there are so many spring doings tugging at my heart and pulling me outside. Oh, there are flowers everywhere and butterflies...

...there's a garden to be planted and grass to mow. The tiny hummingbirds are back at my kitchen window looking for the sweet sugar water they have come to depend on every summer...

...so, be warned. The camera has been in my pocket...



I simply love this wild tree which was growing near the dirt path when we bought this little piece of property back in 1989. It has bloomed faithfully every year since.


and another one except this tree has a wild Carolina Jasmine vine growing through the branches. Isn't it pretty!



and another beauty is this wild azalea.
and little Weetie always by my side.

I've got to go feed the animals right now, but will be right back. 

The animals are full and happy. You may want to leave now...the camera was still in my pocket...

and looking up from under the snowball bush again this spring...




see, the grass does need mowing.



and the pink dogwood again...


and again!


and the peonies have buds, and are guarded by Weetie. Talk about the grass!

Well, enough is enough. In other news, it's turkey season and Poppy leaves out early every morning in full camouflage  so the turkeys can't see him...
Hope you all know that I'm pulling for the turkeys.


Eli says, no turkey yet??


but are you sure??

Better get busy. Thank you for looking in and putting up with all the pictures, if you've managed to stay this long. :)

Love,
Henny