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The Garden Fairy…

Well…

It happened again.

Just like clockwork, this time of year my garden magically gets planted while I am off doing something (or in bed!).

How do you get this magical, wonderful fairy to appear?!

Well…this was my method….

Ever since we moved into the family farmhouse,  I lucked out in the yard lottery, as the lawn and flowerbeds are gorgeous. This is fantastic for me because I do not own a green thumb, I like to plant and fugetaboutit. Give me something beautiful that grows in hot, dry conditions, that grow year after year all by itself, that likes to spread and fill a flowerbed, and I am in love. I will weed and water…but anything that requires maintenance above and beyond that = bad luck for the plants.

Sunflowers are my absolute favourite and nothing makes me happier (garden wise) than a bunch of random growing sunflowers in a flower bed. This, however, makes my farmer husband’s skin crawl. He can’t sleep at night knowing that outside things are growing and they aren’t in a straight line….I like chaos and he does not. I like random and he does not. I like wild and he DOES NOT…so, you can see where this is going! I plant wildflower seeds by throwing them in the general direction of the dirt…then I hide the packages so that my secret will stay just that until they turn into lovely romantic flowers…

My husband then, just as secretly, while I am away from home, sprays my flowers into submission…

“I just thought they were all weeds…” is his common line of defence.

And the garden….

I attempted to plant this by myself our first year here.

Rookie mistake!

I spent hours out in the freshly rota-tilled dirt, happily planting stuff willy-nilly, and then proudly announced my accomplishment at dinner that night. My husband visibly cringed and then patted me on the back. “Good for you honey!” and went back to eating.

A few minutes later, “I’m sure you remembered to put the rows wide enough for the rota-tiller, right?”

Me… “Huh?”

“You know, so that we can rota-till most of the weeds and then you only will have to weed the rows.”

“Hunh?”

“You will have to weed the garden you know…how many rows did you do?”

“Ummm…4 rows of corn, 3 of carrots, 4 of peas, 2 lettuce, 3 green beans, 5 zucchini plants and 24 hills of potatoes.”
Needless to say…I had planted enough to feed 9 families and did not leave room to rota-till between the rows. The rest of that year I ended up ignoring the 4 foot high weeds, ran in, picked my veggies and ran out.

And my husband religiously avoided that area of the yard all summer.

I have yet to plant a garden since, because somehow, magically, every spring, my garden plants itself while I am away. And in beautiful straight lines with the perfect amount of rota-till-able space between each row.

It’s amazing!

And so easy to weed!

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Branding season….

It’s that time of year again….

The cows are (mostly) calved out, the bulls are getting ansy and the pastures are growing great (so much RAIN!).

So, we have to get the heifers and babies ready for sending out to pasture…

This means treating anyone who is sick and vaccinating against those common bugs that they can get while out on grass.

Oh.

And branding!!!

These pics are from when my darling ran the heifers (last year’s girl babies) through and got them ready to head out for their first year with a bull!

 

Our little helpers….

 

 

And how they kept themselves entertained for an hour….

 

*sigh*

So much laundry, so little time!!

XOXO

Cathryn

 
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Posted by on June 4, 2011 in The Farm

 

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Our Adventure…

Last Sunday was (finally!) a nice day out here and still to wet to finish the last 600 acres we have to seed. So we decided to go check on the bulls and take the kids.

When we want our girlie to go with us and not complain, we tell her that we are going on an adventure.

This works wonders.

But she’s three…

I’m waiting for it to stop working….

So we went out to one of the north pastures and wandered around for a while looking at flowers….

Checked out our bulls….

Who are apparently stuck on one side of a slough that is now about 6 feet or so deep.

They’ll be fine…

And we checked out what once was the dugout….

And this is the loner bull.

The others don’t like him very much, so he hangs out by himself.

And was the only one who didn’t get stuck on the other side of the slough….

HA!

And then…..

The “adventure” that we promised started….

Yes…my husband let our 1 1/2 year old drive….

And so we were STUCK….

As in not moving an inch….

So my darling carried out the girlie…

And then took this video…

Funny….

Sorta.

My hubby managed to carry me part way till he “tripped” on a clump of dirt and dumped us both in the water.

Nice.

But then while we were waiting for our lovely, fantastic and wonderful neighbours to come pull us out….

We caught frogs!!

It was actually a REALLY fun afternoon….

The sun was shining, we had our mosquito spray and then had a great visit with our rescuers….

Not to bad!

Thanks again Holger and Ingrid!!!

~Cathryn~

 
 

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*sigh*

So, obviously I’ve been absent lately.

I was working…

A LOT.

Ugh.

Well, actually, I love my job (Labour & Delivery Nurse)…but I work 12 hour shifts and by the time I drive in from the farm it makes for a LONG day. And I managed to schedule myself for 4 shifts in 6 days. Silly me.

And when I work, the rest of the world comes to a screeching stop. Literally. Dishes are piled, laundry is embarrassing and groceries are few and far between.

I feel sorry for my family.

But they manage and once the shifts are done, I usually have a long stretch off and can usually get our life and home back on track. So I apologize for a lack of posts and socialization…

I miss you all. But….

Hopefully I can get back to posting…I have so many posts in my head to share!!

Love you all!

xoxox

Cathryn

p.s. Oh ya….one other reason I have been dragging my rear is that I am pregnant…again…. :)

 
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Posted by on May 31, 2011 in My Thoughts

 

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What we’ve been up to….

So we’ve been busy little bees around here….

Ok, my husband has.

It’s seeding time!!!

Which means he’s been putting in 14 to 16 hour days, and we’ve been missing him a lot!

But it’s got to get done, and it’s only a few weeks of this….

Then it’s spraying time, haying time……

Sigh.

Anyways…
Here are a few pictures of what we’ve been up to…

This is the girlie playing Snow White…

(yes, this picture is totally random, but she made me laugh…)

My poor tired farmboy….still in his jammies but determined to go!

My husband took this picture….

Prairie chickens (?) on our front lawn…

Our new to us truck…my darling husband and neighbours built it from the frame up….

Not too bad!

Loading fertilizer into the air-seeder…

(ignore my precious, tiny, breakable daughter up on the top…my husband took  this picture! Yikes!)

 

And that’s it, that’s all!

Yesterday we processed some heifers and did a little branding…I took pictures, I’ll post some later!!

Love ya all!!!

Cathryn

 
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Posted by on May 25, 2011 in The Farm

 

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Inspiration…

I’ve been dragging my rear in regards to getting out and doing yard work.

The WIND!!!

But I’ve finally got motivated and raked leaves.

To have them blow back two minutes later.

The WIND!!!

Anyways….

Here are some GORGEOUS farmhouses to motive me and you (?!) this spring, to get out there and make things beautiful!

*images from here*

 

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Bathroom Inspiration…

*image from Rue Magazine*

It’s a little moody, a little gothic with a dash of glam…

I like it!

 
 

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