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19 posts from August 2011


Spiders and thistle

Now that the weather has been cooler in the evenings we took a walk down the lane the other night.  I stopped to take a photo of this and saw two spiders of bugs of some sort.  I was wishing I had my macro lens for this, they both looked pretty interesting.


tobacco barn in use~barn charm

While heading home on Sunday from Illinois we passed quite a few tobacco barns that looked like the farmers had gotten them ready to hang tobacco in them.  Then, we came upon this beauty, I whipped the car around to take some photos.  I didn't go on the property, I took photos from the shoulder of the road.  The farm house was on the other side of the road. 

Tobacco shed

With the doors to the barn open we could see the tobacco leaves hanging.

Hanging tobacco

If you look closely you can see the tobacco is fill all the way to the top of this barn.

Filled to the top

A side view of the barn without going on the property.  You can see the sides are open.  We had heard that every other board gets open on the barns.

Tobacco barn vented

A close up shot of the sides, again you can see how much the barn is filled with the tobacco leaves.

Open sides

Jim and I both remember growing up and driving through Wisconsin and seeing the tobacco barns just like this.


taking a break

We headed to Illinois for a couple of days so that Jim could help our son Dan put a new roof on his house.

Taking a break

Taking a break and discussing how things are going to go...son Dan, son Joshua, Jim, son-in-law Shawn.  These guys worked hard for 2 days to get it done.  I worked hard too...I shopped :)


the many faces i come across in our ocooch mountains

She's not happy to have her picture taken, she was pretty worried that I was getting too close to her baby.


This beauty, tho it didn't want it's picture taken either, gave me a pretty good pose anyway.

Beautiful pheasant

A pair that were also camera shy, they couldn't wait to get away.


Some won't show me their face at all.


Our faithful protector/companion, waiting patiently while we worked in the garden.

Our protector

She eventually showed her face...

Our faithful friend

I get the feeling she was sticking her tongue out at me...


what's been happening around the farm here

I finally finished the coneflower quilt that I started last October.  Wow, did I just say October?  Man, do I have a few UFOs to finish.  I've been sewing, and doing other things.  If I haven't been visiting much, I'm sorry...There is a lot going on right now and I'm trying to pop in on you all when I can.

Coneflower quilt

Our strawberries are continuing to bear fruit.  We pick at least this much every few days.

Full basket

We hull them, rinse them, and bag them up to put in the freezer to enjoy this winter.

Rinsing berries

For that strawberry shortcake that will taste soooooo good during the long winter months.  Until then, we'll just enjoy some fresh picked strawberries on our Multi Grain Cheerios.

Fresh strawberries on cereal

I'm still trying to get a few shots of the hummers that are visiting, they are just too quick.  Here's one from the other night out on the back deck.

Heading out

He's off...and he'll be back.

acres of sunflowers~SOOC Sunday

I know I've been MIA lately, it seems life has just taken over from blogging.

Heading to Wild West days yesterday we took the back roads through the mountains and came upon acres of sunflowers.  When I walked up to take a photo something flew away, but not until I uploaded the photos did I know what it was.



Linking with Jan for SOOC Sunday.