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Photos from around the farm

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

I thought I would share some photos from around the place.

First I wanted to show you 2 gallons of blueberries I picked this morning. We are in such a drought right now and the heat is here (100+temps) that they are not getting big and they are stressing the bushes even though we are watering them..so we plan to strip the bushes tomorrow so that the bushes will live and hopefully not die like last year...we lost half our bushes last year.

These next 2 pictures are of our chickens...we had a hen to hatch 7 babies this summer but we have already lost one.

This is what is left of the garden. You can't see him, but hubby is out in it picking the butterbeans..once they are done then half the garden will be finished. We are fighting blossom end rot on our tomatoes..but then so is everyone else around here..we are hoping we can get enough to can up for winter this year..Our squash and cucumbers are still producing and the okra and peppers are just starting to really produce.

This picture is the newest gazebo area that we are building over our firepit. The coupello on top is vented to allow the smoke to rise. We aren't finished yet. We still have the corner pieces and the ridge caps on each corner.

And this last picture is of my old wringer washer. Early this year you could see the wringer part and even the sides of the washer..the ivy is really growing.

I hope you enjoyed the views around our place.

On another note...got lots of exercise today..the 20 minute walk...picking blueberries uses energy and then I put up 15 pints of peach jam and froze 8 pints of fresh peaches...that took the longest.

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WINE4GIRL 6/29/2012 8:50AM

    I love your garden! I do hope your berry bushes survive. My niece has a berry farm and lost half hers last year to a freak late frost. Have you added calcium for the tomatoes? That might help!
Good luck!

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HICKOK-HALEY 6/29/2012 8:26AM

    I hope your blueberries can hang in there. Are the blueberries big enough to make Jam? I love peaches, and the Peach jam sounds so good. That's a good size Chicken coop. Lots of room for the Chickens. Your Gazebo is coming along nicely. . I'm going to show DH your picture hehe...The plant in your antique washer looks so healthy!

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CAKAROO 6/28/2012 6:14AM

    great pics!

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MCJULIEO 6/28/2012 4:52AM

    Love your pictures, but they surely do show how much work you must do every day just to stay on top of things! Wowsers!

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MISSY455 6/28/2012 3:09AM

    What a beautiful setting for your gazebo!

Our daughter lives on her husband's family farm and his mom has chickens. Our youngest granddaughter helped her Grandma pick the newest chicks out and is helping to raise and take care of them. She loves them dearly!

Thanks for sharing with us!

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NOLACHERIE 6/27/2012 7:57PM

    Thanks for sharing all your pictures. Everything is lovely! Sure can understand the heat stressing your blueberries & plants. Our fig tree is doing the same & my husband waters it every day. Love love LOVE peach jam! SO many things you can do with your frozen peaches. Yum! I smell peach pie! LOL.

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Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Ok here are 2 pictures we took last night...whatever it is, it is so fast that it doesn't trip the camera until it is already in the bucket. You can see the level of the plums has gone down..and the bottom pictures show a faint outline of "something" in the bucket. I'm sure the SP picture doesn't show it that well so will put it on my personal blog in the bigger view...To us it looks like a deer mouse...and they are fast enough and strong enogh to carry a plum that size..They are small enough to get under the electric fence strands we have around the garden and as much of the plums they have put away lately, they could do some damage on it as well..though only the butterbeans might entice them....and all of the beans we have left to pick..I'm sure they are too small to bother the peaches.

O and you notice the little gnome. I had set him up to guard the bucket last night...I think he failed on his job..or maybe he has been helping the little mice all along..O now I need to think of making a deer mouse house and a little mouse sculpture to go with it...heehee...see how my mind works..

On another note, meeting my sister in Mount Ida today. She is bringing Subway sandwich and we plan to have foot reflexology done...neither of us have had it done and this is her treat for her birthday which was last week...beats another dust collector that neither of us need at our age. Pampering is so much nicer. I will blog about it tomrrow.

PS...my personal blog

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NIMAWEYGH 6/29/2012 6:54PM

    Oh the sneaky little blighter. Now I know I must keep an eye out for these small fast furry thieves when my fruit trees began to bear. tee hee hee I think the gnome must have been drugged or he would have put a stop to this stuff because I am sure he likes plum jelly himself. LOL

Hope the day with your sister is gr8.

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PATTOMMC3 6/27/2012 8:32PM

    Too funny! emoticon

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MISSY455 6/27/2012 1:07AM

    It is kind of amazing that one little mouse can eat that many plums without leaving a mess. I agree with the others...the gnome failed!!!

I hope you enjoyed your visit with your sister and the reflexology! I have heard it is very relaxing :-)

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OBIESMOM2 6/26/2012 1:37PM

    when I was a kid mom had blueberry bushes in the backyard. She never got many blueberries. They'd be full, but as soon as the berries were ripe they disappeared.

One morning we were having breakfast and caught the thief in the act...my beagle! He would get every single ripe berry that he could reach as soon as they turned.

The golden retriever I have now (the one in my lap in the photo) picks blackberries.

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SONYALATRECE 6/26/2012 1:30PM

    In the words of Donald Trump, "You're fired!" to the gnome.

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RHEYNKLAW 6/26/2012 11:43AM

    Stealthy. They're probably hiding behind that little turncoat of a gnome.

Reflexology is awesome!

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NOLACHERIE 6/26/2012 10:52AM

    I was thinking the same as Kimpy about putting a screen on top. Mice are SO tricky! Yep, Little Mr. Gnome is certainly not doing his job. (Must be related to the Travelocity gnome & thinks he's on vacation. LOL).

Oh, foot reflexology sounds soooo relaxing. What a great way to combine foot massage & helping out ALL parts of the body! Hope you enjoy!!

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DOROTHYBERO 6/26/2012 9:54AM

    Little stinker -hope you enjoyed thereflexology - I do agree - no more dust collectors!

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MAZACK 6/26/2012 9:07AM

    Tricky little thief . I have had a little of the reflexology as part of a massage and it was relaxing.

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CAT609 6/26/2012 8:59AM

    Those tricky little things! They must have many mouths to feed, taking all those plums! I'd fire the gnome guard! emoticon

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KIMPY225 6/26/2012 8:44AM

    Oh no! Can you put some kind of screen or lid on top?

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The Mystery Deepens!!!

Monday, June 25, 2012

I think I need to write some on my personal blog about the mystery that is going on with our missing plums...it is just so so strange...we put out about 1/4th full small bucket of plums last night and this time set the game cam to shoot still photos..well looked at it this morning and the camera takes 3 photos at a time when it is tripped..there were only 3 photos besides the one that Sonny did when he set up and turned off this morning...and the 3 photos were showing.......only the bucket...nothing else was in the photo but the plums were missing....so it is still a mystery...so he is resetting it up again tonight with the camera closer and we will see what it is..Our thoughts.....
1. It is either too small to trip the camera .
2. It is too fast for the camera to work.
3. It is invisible..

We have ruled out all animals big enough to trip the camera and animals that would just sit there and eat their fill as there is no sign of pits, peels or even a mess. Hubby thinks it is now a deer mouse..I am beginning to think our little gnome fellows in my gnome garden have been plum hungry and since the work is already done for them, then it is easy pickings for the..

Funny thing is the curiosity has gotten the better of me..Hubby was not going to set the camera up again tonight but think it got to him as well so he has relented and is going to set it up. I'm going to sneak out later and put a few loose plums on the table in front of the bucket just to make sure it entices whatever it is..Hopefully I will have better news tomorrow...

Getting lots of exercise too picking and all..but haven't lost a pound since the spring 5%challenge ended. I've joined the same challenge for summer so hope I will see a difference. But even with the weight I've lost, I'm thinking I need the doseage on my blood pressure meds changed...Had some dizziness lately..so I have bought my own BP cuff and will take it at home for awhile..(and those good digital ones are expensive).


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MISSY455 6/26/2012 1:18AM

    With all the gardening you have been doing, have you adjusted your fitness goals? Perhaps you are not getting enough calories to maintain your weight loss. I know it seems like the opposite, but from my own experience I have found it to be true.

As for the mystery, I hope it is solved soon! I see you sitting up all night to catch the thief!

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NIMAWEYGH 6/25/2012 6:39PM

    Gal I am on the edge of my chair with this mystery. I do believe the gnomes might be the culprits but I think they are so slow they would trip the camera.

So my bet is on Garden Fairies. Agile as can be, fast as the wind, so small they would not trip that ol camera.

The plot thickens.

I am so envious of you and all the wonderful bounties you are storing up for the winter.

Look for a new thread in Homebodies just for you.

PS Pickie might have something BIGFOOT emoticon

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    I'm intrigued by the case of the purloined plums too! I've been following your blogs since the challenge started. Hope you get to the bottom of it! And great job getting your exercise in!

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READYBETTY 6/25/2012 3:42PM

    Can't wait to find out what it is!

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PICKIE98 6/25/2012 2:39PM

    owls, hawks, cats, dogs, mice, moles, coons, possum(baby ones are the size of mice), woodchuck,
lots of carnivores will reduce themselves to eating fruits that are juicy to get the moisture content.. crows, BIGFOOT..
our German Shepherd used to eat ours, then spit the pits out in a pile on our front porch!

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Mystery Thief

Sunday, June 24, 2012

Well we still aren't sure what our mystery thief is. They hit again last night and wouldn't you know the camera didn't work...so we have reset the camera and made sure it would work...we will take still photos instead of movies..and we have the table baited..But we have mulled it over and hubby thinks it is pack rats and I think it is flying squirrels...He is probably right.

On another note..skipped church as we have so much garden work to do..(getting lots of exercise) and I picked 3 gallons of blueberries this morning, juiced a half bushel of peaches and made 12 pints of peach jam. I had forgotten I had a juicer which I bought years ago to juice carrots..it is perfect for juicing fruit to make jams..So much easier to use it than to heat water, dip the peaches, peel, de-seed and smush the pulp...All we had to do was to de-seed and run it through the juicer and man was it much easier..so from now on I will be using it for my jam and jelly making.

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MAZACK 6/25/2012 5:05AM

    I hope you catch your thief. Our pear tree is loaded this year but doubt I will get any because of the squirrels. When I go near the tree thee run away but I know they come back.

It is amazing how we can have equipment to use to make our lives easier and then we forget we have it. Glad you figured it out. Sounds like you are getting lots of fruits and vegetables.

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MISSY455 6/25/2012 12:14AM

    I can't believe how much of your garden is already to be harvested. Here in California we are just barely getting started. We had our plum tree pruned late last year, and it doesn't look like we will get any fruit this year at all. My apples are barely nubbins. What is there, the birds have already enjoyed!

Can't wait to hear if either you or the hubby are right about the thief! Keep us posted.

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PATTOMMC3 6/24/2012 9:23PM

    Will check back tomorrow!

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READYBETTY 6/24/2012 8:36PM

    The suspense is killing us. I hope you find out soon!

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NIMAWEYGH 6/24/2012 3:51PM

    Oh gosh I so wanted to know who the thief was?????????????? ha I have even told my Mom and she wanted to know.

Your so industrious and busy and thanks for the tip on juicing for jams and jellies. You know I am going to come visit you and get all your tips and tricks and beg you to show me how to can.....................I will help with the work if you will teach me.

Have a wonderful day, Barb.

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TRAVELGRRL 6/24/2012 3:48PM

    Sounds like you are keeping busy and staying out of trouble! I made fig jam last year with figs from my neighbor's bush, but we don't eat much of it...so I've got enough for this year too.

Did you plant all your bushes/trees or did you a buy a place that had all of it? It sounds like paradise!

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CHANGING-TURTLE 6/24/2012 3:25PM

    such fun I use to make jam years ago with my late mother in law we had so much fun.


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Strange happenings

Saturday, June 23, 2012

Yesterday hubby picked a bushel of plums...we had them in 3 buckets completely full to almost overflowing and left them sit on our patio table under the gazebo overnight to let them continue to ripen. We knew we had been having a wild bunny get up on the table and steal some to feed her babies....in fact we even caught the 3 babies in the back yard while mowing..I had let them go way away from the area and knew they would manage ok..well last night something got into the buckets of plums ...all 3 buckets and all 3 were down a bit. One was really down...We checked things out for what it might have been...we know squirrels will hardly come out at night due to the threat of owls, etc. and then we knew if it was a possum or raccoon then they would have just sat and eaten right there...and would have left a mess..and deer will hardly every get up under a gazebo patio area when they can steal from your tree..(there are still 2 bushels left on the tree)...we have no idea where they went...there was no mess, no tracks and nothing to show that any wild animal had been around???? So tonight we are hooking up the game cam and hopefully we will see what is stealing our plums..really it doesn't matter as we already had about 4 bushels off another tree earlier but it is just strange..So guess the green monster got them. Will let you know if we get a picture of it/them.

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MAZACK 6/25/2012 5:11AM

    Interesting!!! It is amazing how much packrats can carry off or relocate.

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USMAWIFE 6/24/2012 10:12AM

    if you can post the video of who is stealing the plums.

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NIMAWEYGH 6/24/2012 4:10AM

    I can't wait to see if that Mama Bunny likes feeding her babies plums.........ha

We heard a crash out on our patio about 3 wks ago at about 1 am and went out and the bird feeders had been pulled down off the windows??? Just as I was finishing sweeping everything up and DH had filled them back up and replaced them we heard soemthing in the back yard. Turned with the flashlight and there were eyes.

Mr. Raccoon had come in through the closed locked privacy fence gate and got up on the recycle trash can, up on the BBQ grill and then stood up, grabbed and knocked down the feeders.

We never knew they would eat bird seed. So we took the feeders down for now and I took out my compost scraps and put them outside the fence. Now all the scraps go there so he/she will not be hungry.

Gotta love the anticts they get up to.

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MISSY455 6/24/2012 1:30AM

    How close are the nearest neighbor kids? Not saying I ever did anything like that as a child...

Hope your mystery is solved with no green monsters involved!

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BLUESKY104 6/23/2012 10:46PM

    Can't wait to hear who is stealing your plums emoticon

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MOMMY2TWO07 6/23/2012 10:31PM

    I will be waiting to hear what you catch in the act of stealing those plums.

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DUSTYPRAIRIE 6/23/2012 4:50PM

    I'm intrigued!

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GLENDAK72 6/23/2012 3:42PM

    this is so funny i can not wait to hear what happen to them, this very exciting lol...yeah i have no life lol

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CMCBRIDE37 6/23/2012 3:29PM

    Can't wait to hear who is caught in the act...but why can't they ripen inside the house or porch?

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