Summer Fling

I can’t believe it’s already the end of July.  It seems that just yesterday we were under cold, heavy snowfall and then skipped spring right into the heat of summer.  The last week has been beautiful though with temperatures in the low 80s and no humidity or rain.  Bliss!

The bees are humming along beautifully although I’m not going to get any honey this year as I didn’t expect to.  The weather has been so hard on them this year.  As long as they build up enough stores for winter, I’ll be happy.

We welcomed two new faces to our alpaca herd in June.  Sadie Rose born on June 26th and Lillie June born on June 30th.  They look so alike you’d think they were twins!  They are healthy and robust and are a sweet addition to the farm.

Sadie Rose . . .

Lillie June . . . first steps.

This past Saturday we hosted an Open Farm Day.  We had a very good turnout with lots of smiling faces!  The star of the day was Lillie June.  She’s quite the people person!

And I’m happy to say that the landscaping went in and we’re now enjoying something pretty when we drive up the lane instead of the atrocious weeds that once welcomed us.  The hydrangeas are blooming and the Autumn Joy sedum should be blooming soon as well.  I’m hoping the roses will bloom for a second time and the purple cone flowers are finished, I think, for the season.

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Brian built me a beautiful arbor for the climbing rose which will eventually hide the drain pipes and power meter.  He did a marvelous job!  Other than a little maintenance in a year or two the plants will grow in and the front of the house will be a riot of color!  L.O.V.E.

Unfortunately my birdbath has a crack in it so the water leaks out.  Oh well my cat, Annie, loves to lie in it!

That about brings us up to date.  We still have several projects left to do on the farm this summer and then we’ll be getting things ready for winter.  I already have my winter project lined up, in between getting projects done on the house, like painting, painting and more painting . . . and cleaning out and organizing closets.  Oh ya . . . that . . .

A number of years ago I found a dollhouse on the side of the road on garbage day.  Long story short . . . I rescued it and turned it into my dream dollhouse.  However, when we moved to the farm we downsized and I ended up giving the dollhouse to a neighbor for her grand kids.  Well, the miniature world has been calling my name and I’ve ordered another dollhouse to build.  I need somewhere to put all the miniatures I still have in boxes in the basement.  Excuse me now while I go and play . . .

Beacon Hill Dollhouse . . . this is the old one.  I’ll be building the same house, but with many differences!

Until next time . . .

 

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