September 28, 2009


After an entire month of sunshine, the rain arrived today. Along with the rain came cold temperatures (46 degrees for the high temp) and high winds (gusting to 40mph). And so it was definitely a "work inside" type of day.

We harvested the onions yesterday (Sunday), but there are lots of green tomatoes still on the vines. We're going to have to cover the garden tomorrow night; they're predicting another frost/freeze.

September 27, 2009

Look up!

Sometimes it's nice to look at things from a different perspective.

September 26, 2009


We are still picking blackberries. . . and more blackberries . . .
and more blackberries. . .
and it's such fun. The freezer is loaded and so are our tummies. :-)
Autumn is a wonderful time of year.

September 25, 2009

New Arrival at Fox Hill

And we think he's adorable! Introducing our newest addition, a ten-week-old Holland Lop, fondly known as Pierre. More pictures coming soon of this cute little guy. :-)

September 24, 2009

Look closely. . .

The geese are heading south. Therefore, winter is on its way. Oh well.

September 23, 2009

We Love. . .

heirloom tomatoes. :-)

Tonight we enjoyed a delicious heirloom tomato salad, freshly picked from the garden. We love the variety of colors and flavors. Delightful!!

September 22, 2009

More Apples. . . and More Ponies. . .

As promised, here's a new autumn harvest photo---we're still picking apples, and eating applesauce and apple crisps and all manner of tasty apple treats. :-)

We've still been taking pony photos, too---here's the truly lovely Pro-A Dance in Summer. She's a 7 yr old Half-Welsh/Half-Thoroughbred mare.

September 21, 2009

More Pony Photos

We know. . . we just posted pony photos a few days ago, but we have been taking so many new ones that we can't resist posting them. Pictured above is Miracle The Captain, a 4 year old Section C Welsh Pony of Cob Type stallion.
We've also been shooting pony videos, too. . . take a peek at The Captain's new video on You Tube !
Back to our regularly-scheduled photos of garden produce tomorrow. :-)

September 20, 2009

Can it BEE? Macro fun. :-)

Dan was out in the garden recently, working with the macro lens and captured this fun photo of a honey bee against sunflower petals.

September 19, 2009

September 18, 2009

Autumn Delights

It's been an excellent blackberry crop this year. So we've been experimenting with some new recipes, and here are the latest results: Blackberry Chocolate Cobbler! :-)

September 17, 2009

Miracle Lili Maiden, 3 years old

We haven't posted any new pony photos for awhile, so without further ado, here are some brand-new photos of Miracle Lili Maiden. She is a 3 yr old Welsh Mountain Pony (Sec A) mare. Her sire is our palomino stallion, Mt. Ridge Yellow Jacket and her dam is Doncardeb Miss Sunny Ruby.

(P.S. Lili is for sale... )

September 16, 2009

Sunflowers and Honeybees

We are enjoying the beautiful sunflowers that are blooming in our garden.

The honeybees are enjoying them, too. :-)

September 15, 2009

An Apple (or two or three!) a Day. . .

It's apple-picking season on the farm, and we're enjoying delicious applesauce and apple crisps and other wonderful apple treats.
These are apples from the "Duchess of Oldenburg" antique trees. We have also picked a few from the Snow Apple tree; they are a deep, deep, red. We'll have to get some photos and share them. :-)

September 14, 2009


You have to love the heirloom Jimmy Nardellos---they're just too fun. :-)

Of course, you have to love the other varieties, too. :-) Delicious!

September 13, 2009

Girls 'N Ponies

Every morning the girls take the ponies from the barn out to the pastures. It's very pleasant and the ponies are always eager to go out. But by the end of the day, they are always just as eager to see the girls and be taken back to the warmth and comfort of the old barn.

September 09, 2009

How Farm Kids Have Fun

Some people might view a fallen tree as an annoying nuisance. Farm kids view it as a chance to have some fun. :-)

First they load the chopped-up pieces of the tree onto the hay wagon. . .
. . . gather a few tools and assorted boards. . .
and drive out to the "back forty."
Then they unload the logs and branches off of the hay wagon. . .

. . . and they laugh and giggle a lot while they do it . . .

And then they build clever and useful items like benches; thereby recycling the fallen tree into something new to enjoy.

And that's one way that farm kids have fun. :-)

September 08, 2009

Scenes from the garden, 09/08/09

Tomatoes! They survived last week's frost and are thriving---they are producing very well, especially the heirloom Cherry Roma's---amazing!

Sunflowers are so . . . sunny. And cheery. :-) The honeybees like them, too.

And here at last are the Lazy Housewife pole beans. We must admit that they live up to their name by being a bit lazy. . . they have produced considerably less than any of the other heirloom bean varieties that we planted this year. But that's all right---"Empress" has more than made up the difference. :-)

September 07, 2009


They're ready---and there are lots of them! We love blackberry season. :-)

September 06, 2009

An Unusual Discovery - Part III

Another update on the baby pigeon/Rock Dove. . . he became quite handsome with his snowy white feathers . . .

and he has "flown the coop," so to speak. :-) On Thursday morning he climbed out of his little nest, flapped his brand-new wings, and flew away.

September 03, 2009

It's beginning to look (a little) like autumn. . .

The calendar says September, and it's clear that we're inching our way towards autumn.

The apples are nearly ready---it looks to be an excellent crop this year!
We're still eating beans. . . and beans. . . and beans. . . and loving every bite. They're delicious!! :-)

September 01, 2009

Can you believe it's September already?

It's hard to imagine that it's already the 1st of September, although our temperatures for the past few days have certainly felt a bit more "autumn-like." We had a frost on Sunday night, but we carefully covered everything in the garden on Sunday afternoon and it appears that all of the plants made it through safely.

We've been taking lots of new photos, but those will have to be uploaded tomorrow---more to come then!

(photo copyright 2009, Daniel Johnson)