We have so much to do around here if the weather would cooperate. After hard rains Friday and half of Saturday, yesterday was a bright, sunshiny day with a good breeze blowing. We need a lot more days like that.
I spent most of the day researching and writing, getting another chapter done in my new Tinder Street book. The family saga is into the late 1930s now, when the Great Depression was beginning to ease up and the world was looking at the threat of worldwide war. Talk about jumping from the frying pan into the fire!
During the afternoon I pulled on my mud boots and walked out to check the garden area. As I suspected, it was sloppy with mud. I’m not sure we’ll get much planted there this week.
Then I walked to the other side of the barn road, as I have decided I’m going to call it, instead of saying the road that goes back to our barn over and over, to check on the fruit trees and blueberry bushes. It’s a lot drier over there and some of the trees look like they’re doing pretty good. I’m not sure about others, including the fig trees. There are a lot of small blueberries, and so far the deer and other critters have not gotten to them. Our son Travis is coming over today to help put up a deer fence around the trees, to give them protection.
I’m going to have to break down and get a riding lawn mower before too long. The grass is more than ankle high on that whole side of the property. I could use the mower attachment on the Kubota for that area, but it’s too heavy for the front or backyard once they need mowing. However, I’m hesitant about mowing the grass yet because it is thick with clover, which is filled with bees. I don’t want to take away their food source before other plants begin to produce flowers. People don’t realize how important bees are to our very existence. I can be patient a little longer.
Besides everything else she does to make our house a home and keep our business running smoothly, yesterday Terry baked a huge chicken for dinner. Combined with mashed potatoes and homemade gravy, along with some amazing rolls, it was absolutely delicious. And because the chicken was so big, there’s plenty left over for homemade chicken noodle soup. Yes, with homemade noodles, too. I’m really looking forward to that!
Congratulations Norman Sullivan, winner of our drawing for an RV camping journal donated by Barbara House. Barbara makes several variations of these, and they all have pages where you can list the date, weather, where you traveled to and from that day, beginning and ending mileage, campground information including amenities at RV sites, a place for campground reviews, room to record activities, people met along the way, reminders of places to see and things to do the next time you’re in the area, and a page for notes for each day.
We had 31 entries this time around. Stay tuned, a new contest starts soon. Note: Due to the high shipping cost of printed books and Amazon restrictions on e-books to foreign countries, only entries with US addresses and e-mail addresses are allowed.
And finally, here’s a chuckle to start your day from the collection of funny signs we see in our travels and that our readers share with us.
Thought For The Day – Shoot for the moon. Even if you miss, you will land among the stars.
Definitely get a zero-turn mower. We have a lawn tractor, a small push lawn mower , and a zero-turn. The small mower gets used for the edges when needed, the zero-turn lets Stu do all 2+ acres in a couple of hours. He loves it. The lawn tractor now is mostly used for pulling our yard wagon when needed.
I bet you had no idea of all the “stuff” you would need to live in the country.
However, I am sure once you will get the hang of it you will enjoy the land, garden and yard. Fig trees are pretty hardy here in South Carolina but regardless of what the internet says, deer like the leaves and fruit. I have netting around my two young fig trees and I sill use the “ deer off “ spray around the base of my mature trees.
Good luck with being a gentleman farmer.
Unconditional respect for you Mr. Russell & your families consistent demonstration of concern, care & attitude towards your environment & those of us who live in it.
Not many of us would execute the extra caution & care for the resident bees you mentioned in your post.
May all your families flora & fauna thrive & your harvests be bountiful sir..