Tuesday, May 29, 2012


Our little daily visitor, we have named her Carlotta.  We think she is the same duck from the previous two years as she is quite tame and makes her rounds by the barn and chicken coops looking for stray feed.

The growing gardens and being able to walk out and pick what I need as I am preparing dinner.

Emmy is playing with the sunflower seed packets as I plant them.  We are planting about 140 or so seeds with the hopes of saving the flower heads to give 2 - 3 to the chickens each week through the winter.  
With Emmy and our busy family, I just make it a goal to get about 40 - 60 minutes or so each day in the gardens.  Sometimes I can dig a bit (I am trying to remove all the weed roots this year as I plant as last year I felt very sick because of the pregnancy - so it is a slow process but will be worthwhile in the long run.)  Another time during the day I am happy to be able to get out for just 20 minutes to do some planting and then maybe another time I can hold Emmy while weeding for another 10 minutes.  It really is amazing what can be done just by getting out there everyday to make even a little progress.

Having to stay close by this little one, I have been getting in more sitting time than I am used to - so I have been at least keeping my hands busy with knitting.

Madeline and Sparky.


If you would be so kind to please keep our next door neighbors (the only house we can see through the trees and brush) - Coral and Mike and their families - in your prayers.  Coral was in a terrible car accident Sunday night and is in critical condition at Dartmouth Hitchcock hospital.  Coral is just 29 years old with a three month old baby girl.  

Warm wishes,


  1. Wow! What a horrible shock for that young family. They will be in my thoughts.

  2. Praying for Coral. Wow.
    That's a great idea about planting lots of sunflowers to use (re-purpose!) for chickens in winter. Awesome. I will do that too.

  3. Oh my! We'll keep Coral in our prayers!

    You may want to look up ways of drying the sunflower heads after harvest--we've had terrible luck with that. The heads always mold behind the stem cut offs.

    Your farm looks lovely and peaceful as always! Blessings to you and yours!

  4. What a beautiful blog today. I love the peacefulness of your garden pictures and knitting with Emmy close by. I will be praying for Coral and her family too.



  5. Oh, I will most certainly pray for your neighbor Coral and her family.

  6. Praying for your neighbors!


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  8. Oh Tonya! Your neighbors are in my thoughts! I hope Coral gets better!

  9. Oh my goodness..so sorry to hear this! I will keep them in my thoughts and prayers.

    I too do as you do..I get out in the gardens every day and do a little something..it really helps to keep up with everything.

    Your little one is just precious.

    wishing you a wonderful day

  10. ps..I loved your idea of planting the sunflowers for the chickens and we will definitely do that next year..thank you!~

    1. Doreen you can still do it this year - its only May 31st... Get those seeds in now - you can plant them anywhere - just make sure you plant enough so that you take in the "loss" factor of wild birds et al. LOL

  11. If there is a modeling agency for ducks, sign Carlotta up! She is one gorgeous duck ;)

  12. Praying for Coral and her family. Please update us.