Penny the Traveling Clothespin Doll shares her adventures at home and abroad.

All posts in Our Farm

 

 

IMG_6210

 

In our backyard are beautiful, succulent, sweet red raspberries, all hanging there free for the picking.

Yum, yum!

But there was something else here to admire as well…

 

IMG_6204

 

A pair of monarch butterflies were sitting on these leaves resting on a dewy morning.

 

IMG_6207

 

Penny got up close to chat a bit about where they came from and where they were going.

 

IMG_6202

 

Beautifully made works of art.

 

IMG_6178

 

With a little help, Penny was able to get a good number of berries picked.

Hmm, I wonder what all these raspberries are destined to become?

Any suggestions?

 

IMG_6189

 

A zebrina flower collected for herself a dewy drink.

 

IMG_6190

 

The lavender has a strong sweet smell, and delicate little blue flowers.

Its a “Praise God from Whom all blessings flow” moment.

 

IMG_6196

 


DSCN5050

 

Nesting in this post refers to the sport of hunting up bird’s nests.  After a mighty wind storm Penny and I found this lovely, tidy little nest on the ground beneath the elm tree.  How sad that some faithful mother bird lost this nest that she so carefully built.  But what a thrill for us to find it and get to examine it closely.  What a lovely job she did!

 

DSCN5044

 

Fine horse hairs line the inside, and on the outside some curly twigs add artistic interest.  It is fascinating that God put into these birds to know how to do this.  I enjoy many crafts, but creating a masterpiece like this is far beyond my skill level!

 

DSCN5059

 

Down inside our dairy barn the barn swallows have a whole community of mud nests attached up near the ceiling beams.  Penny and I found one of these fallen on the barn floor.  Ah, a new type of nest to explore!

 

DSCN5066

 

Inside, the nest is made of flat grasses from the loose hay around here.  Outside it is daubed with mud, and here is the flat side where it had been attached to the wall.

 

DSCN5072

 

Ohh, and here is the feather bed insert that fell out!

 

DSCN5080

 

Princess Penny wonders if she can have this feather bed in her room.

 

DSCN5053

 

A pretty place on our farm is the wisteria arbor Dad built for me.  It is all in bloom now and smells so heavenly!  (Pardon all the weeding and cleaning up you see that still need to be done around here this spring.  And yes, we are hanging our laundry here for the time being until we can relocate our clothesline poles from where we used to have them.)

 

DSCN5026

 

Here is what I wanted to show you.  A humble, sweet little mourning dove has built her nest here.  I am happy to say that this one is fully in service and has not fallen down.

 

DSCN5028

 

If I were a bird I would love to have a nest here in this beautiful place.  I enjoy walking gently under this nest and peering up to find that steady dark eye of hers on me.  When I have to hang the laundry I am so regretful that she often flies away in fear, though I try to be as slow and careful as can be.  Do not be afraid, Dear, I want you to enjoy your nest here and know that you are safe.  It is curious to me how small her nest looks under her, not as big and roomy as a robin nest.

 

DSCN5083

 

No, Penny did not fall out of this tree.  She wanted her picture taken next to it so you could see how she found a tiny tree just her size.  When you are little, finding something just your size is a rare and special joy.  This stray cottonwood is growing in the middle of a hay wagon out behind the barns.  A funny place for a tree for sure.  Yet it is delightful to find surprises in unexpected places, isn’t it?

Have you found any unexpected natural wonders showing up under your nose lately?

 


IMG_4476

 

Wow, the weather has been so very cold lately, but on this sunny afternoon Penny decided to brave the elements and sit in a chilly snowbank enjoying the view.

 

IMG_4477

 

The winds blowing snow off the barn were blasts of frigidness!

 

IMG_4470

 

Here’s dreaming of summer days all hidden away for now…

 

IMG_4479

Gratefully contemplating the rest and confidence we have available from above:

 

 

Dear restless heart, be still; don’t fret and worry so;
God has a thousand ways His love and help to show;
Just trust, and trust, and trust, until His will you know.


Dear restless heart, be still, for peace is God’s own smile,
His love can every wrong and sorrow reconcile;
Just love, and love, and love, and calmly wait awhile.


Dear restless heart, be brave; don’t moan and sorrow so,
He hath a meaning kind in chilly winds that blow;
Just hope, and hope, and hope, until you braver grow.


Dear restless heart, repose upon His breast this hour,
His grace is strength and life, His love is bloom and flower;
Just rest, and rest, and rest, within His tender power.


Dear restless heart, be still! Don’t struggle to be free;
God’s life is in your life, from Him you may not flee;
Just pray, and pray, and pray, till you have faith to see.


–Edith Willis Linn

 

IMG_4637

“Cold nose warm heart,”  an embroidered book bag gift from a friend with a sweet message.

 


IMG_1096

 

One of the special thrills of summer at our home is the activity of the hummingbirds.  We have a total of 6 active feeders, all set in crucial places where we can view them from the comfort of our living room, or other frequently used windows.  This way we see them up close and can get a good look at them without scaring them away.  But even in the kitchen dooryard we joke that you must duck when they swoop by as they think they own the place.

 

IMG_0982

 

 At the end of July we noticed an added flurry of activity, it seemed that their favorite feeders needed refilling everyday as mobs of hummingbirds were draining them as fast as they could.

 

IMG_0981

 

Oh dear, that is a sign that they are fueling up to head south.  It seems way too soon, already!

 

IMG_0978

 

But what a delight it was to see them so active and so thickly congregating on the feeders!   In this next picture can’t you almost hear the zipping and swooshing as they all hurry hurry to get a turn at the feeder?

 

IMG_0977

 

 In the picture below is the greatest number I caught in one photo at the busiest feeder.

How many do you count?   – And there were more hummingbirds around!

 

IMG_0973

 

Now here is an video so you can see and hear them in action!  Wow!

Watch for the flick of their tongues…

 

 

 There is a star magnolia tree here beside this feeder and its knobby branches are full of places for the hummers to perch.  Its a treat to see them up close and sitting still.

 

IMG_1095

 

Or going about their business of preening and grooming and looking about at the world.

 

IMG_1092

 

I caught this male on video at a favorite perch outside our pantry window where no feeder is, just a bare branch he thought was about right for someone his size.  I was amazed at how busy he was – scratching, cleaning, combing and preening himself, this is fascinating to watch!  (I took this video from inside a closed window so the noises you hear are chicks scratching about in a cardboard box.  Penny has photos of those to post soon.)

 

 

 “Many, O LORD my God, are the wonders which You have done, And Your thoughts toward us; There is none to compare with You. If I would declare and speak of them, They would be too numerous to count.”  Psalm 40:5


IMG_0722

 

June gives us such a flush of the most beautiful flowers, Penny and I thought we’d go into the yard and capture some in photos for your viewing pleasure.

 

IMG_0704

 

The mock orange bush fills our yard with the most heavenly aroma.

I think of these flowers as bridal flowers because we picked huge bunches of them for my brother’s wedding.  Congratulations on 7 years of marriage, Tim and Jessica!

 

IMG_0708

 

And now for a cheery chat with a smiling pansy.

 

IMG_0694

 

Bleeding heart, it sounds so sad, but is such an elegant flower.

 

IMG_0701

 

Peek-a-boo, I see you!!

 

IMG_0700

 

A bouquet of my favorite poppies.

 

IMG_0774

 

Our garden would not be complete without the whizzing little hummingbirds that zoom in and out and chatter and squeak.  They don’t seem to mind who is nearby.  I am glad that Mom has so many feeders, and places them right outside our windows so we can see the activity so close up.

 

IMG_0697

 

Chives and pink columbine.  I didn’t realize that so many of my pictures were pink.  I wish I had captured some more of the blues and purples for this “visual bouquet.”

 

IMG_0711

 

Peonies are so gorgeous!

 

IMG_0719

 

An explosion of soft pedals.

 

IMG_0717

 

You may not recognize this unusual flower.

 

IMG_0746

 

That is the blossom of a tulip poplar tree.  Quite a work of art, isn’t it?

Next is the beauty of the draping wisteria on our arbor.  Another very fragrant place!

 

IMG_0751

 

So much life and beauty.

 

IMG_0754

 

 

All creation has a language,

Words to say what must be said.

All day long the heavens whisper,

Signing word in scarlet red,

Amber rays and crimson rainbows,

Twinkling stars and flashing light,

Punctuate the heavens’ statement:

“God is glorious, perfect, right,

God is glorious, perfect, right”

 
 

All day long the sun proclaims it,

Like a Bridegroom dressed in white,

Coming from His tent to greet them,

All His guest feel His delight.

Words of love and warmth He whispers,

Warning all who hear His voice,

“Oh, be glad and share My table

Dance and celebrate . . . rejoice!

Dance and celebrate . . . rejoice!”

 
 

All creation sings His praises,

Earth and heaven praise His name,

All who live come join the chorus,

Find the words His love proclaim.

the song “Anthem” by Steve Green.     Words and music by Gloria Gaither and Michael W. Smith.

 

IMG_0698