Adding some light in

I am thrilled over a new window.

It lets some light in.

With still a little work to finish, a doorway was converted near my desk space.  My  abode here is in a woodsy spot and gets dark sometimes.

It is refreshing to turn the corner and see some greenery and have a cross breeze in my small sitting room.  I have plans to make a large flowerbed to look at along with the ferns.

The gentlemen worked on this project while I slipped away to swim as I certainly was in their way and they did not need my assist.  I ran errands and bought supplies needed to make a meal to enjoy on the deck.

My evenings lately are spent there watching critter activity and enjoying my slider.  The bee balm is blooming more each day and a couple of hummingbirds have passed through.  Beans and tomato will be here soon.

The next project is a heavy screen door that will be off the kitchen, so I will have air and more sun in that direction.   We’re waiting for the door to come in, and bought locally to be happy with the product.

No doubt there will pictures and a notation about that event.

The light really makes a difference for me.  I will see if I can carry that feeling all day.

 

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They have flown the coop..

Yes, the chicks are flying.  Every chance they get.  It must be the good food and sunshine my feathered friends get,  and the fact that I opened the door of their tractor to let them explore.

Off in the woods they went yesterday, but I could hear them cooing and clucking away, scratching under all those trees.  Good greens and a bug or two I bet.  They came back when called easily, in their little ‘pack’ chattering amongst themselves.  Their run includes a waddle type movement which does look funny when they all come in your direction at once.  Their curiosity is closely linked to what a kitten’s is as I remind myself it isn’t so much me they are running to but what they think I might have for them.  Even cleaning their roosting area can be an adventure when they hop in and out and around to check out what I am doing.

It only seems like yesterday..

 

In the very near future they will start roosting in the barn.  It will be painted and clean, with several nesting boxes and places to literally hang out.  There is electricity in there now so that I will have more than a flashlight to see and a way to set up warming bulbs in the cold days of winter.

I included my cat here rolling on the deck.  He actually smiles when he does it.   The flowers in the box are growing via Trenton, and the bee balm spices up the whole area with its fragrance.

I hear thunder in the distance and we are to have rain.  At this moment all dozen of the ladies  are tucked into their coop for the evening.

Me  too.

 

 

Are you challenging to be part of the IBC?

It is time for yet another group of blues musicians to compete for the IBC. See you at the Linda on August 6….

for good measure

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IMG_4775 Fade to Blues. Memphis, 2015.

By Wanda Callagy

    I congratulate you all for playing at the Linda this evening as you attempt to win a trip to Memphis.

    As a writer, I have a view from two years of visits there. When I joined up with the Capital Region Blues Network I met Tas Cru and Jeremy and Steve Smith and they  introduced me to so much musically through the network. I decided I should go to take in the experience myself.The first year I went I stayed a mile out and took a shuttle in.  I was on Beale Street for the week, and was there to remember Martin Luther King’s birthday and being right there for part of opening night at the Rum Boogie.  A week of late jams.

    Last year, it was a road trip with Leslie Barkman as she auditioned as a soloist. …

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Seeing clearly

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For the first time living here this plant is budding.

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Black eyed Susans.

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New window

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Chaotic chives add to meals

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the blue workbench

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Bee balm.

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The chickhouse.

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Playing in the dog dish

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HOT

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Petunia

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Thanks, Trenton.

Today showed me a crisp morning. I have plants budding and want to note it with my camera. Too often I feel as though nothing gets accomplished much here but nature keeps busy while I am not paying attention. The bee balm has multiplied and I am seeing small budlings on the black eyedsusansand and a lily I transplanted from Delaware St.

I clean the pen today and the chix are enjoying running around. One brave soul snuck out and now I must search for that opening in the fencing.

It is yet morning and I can make another pot of coffee. Thanks for joining me.

An Evening Stroll

After a slight drizzle today everything seems fresh again.  I found blossoms on tomatoes and Trenton’s flower beds filling in.

Bee balm is new for me this year and has a delightful smell.  The more hummingbirds and bees the better.

The chickens take delight in escaping when I open up their door so I allow a few to hang out in the pen for the day.  They are always ready to go back in by evening and chirp socially.   The buff orpingtons have different colors of beige through their feathers, where the australorps have each a different marking. A couple have very outgoing personalities and I convince myself I know them from the rest.  They do enjoy being held, and scratched on their chin.

 

 

A Celebration

The sky is breathtaking and it is a holiday weekend.  We  celebrate independence day and I enjoyed a birthday.  A chance to make the time we have more meaningful and focused.   Young I was convinced it all was for me. The parade, the fireworks.

Actually in my household it was a big deal to chose your birthday dinner.  It was all about you.  I always asked for something off the grill.

Yesterday I had breakfast with a friend, and a late lunch with my son here.  He visited with the chickens and observed my home improvements.  What a difference!   I opened a gift that came in the mail and planted some flowers.

I do keep busy with my small garden and the chickens.   There is a pleasant routine to keep to.  Painting the inside of the chicken’s corner of the barn will be done in the next two weeks with assist of T-man so they can move in there.  The tractor then goes in the yard.

Back to the Y this week to swim.  I can tell I need to stretch more with doing some work and the laps and dog paddle I do really makes a difference.  It is important.

 

I actually looked at these photos in video form.   Every corner of this little home offers me a new discovery.  I have a great little workbench and wild daisies.  Folks indulge me with chicken gifts which surround me in nature.   In a month I will have beans and zucchini.

Along with the back deck and the stars at night, I have live music available most evenings to hear.  Life is good here on the Gentlewoman’s Farm.

 

 

 

 

Planting pereneals and chicken watch

These chix are clever little beings.  Most eves everyone is in the hutch.   Two nights I have finally left them, closing the two who refused to get in out.  I check the fencing and so far no trouble. I did climb in there once.  I wondered at the time if it was the right thing to do.

 

I have an iris and a perky red flower to plant.  The sun is out and it is cool yet.  Invigorating at moments.  Beans and squash and a tomato or two look strong.  Even when I purchase and pick from local farms, I get some simple satisfaction in it all.  I look forward to fresh eggs in six months. Straight ahead is ‘Clubby’ who is a he and has pointed little feet.  He is somewhat affectionate, always running to say hello.

These chick tales and photos are by Wanda Callagy

 

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