Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Randomness from our week on Freemans Ford Road

I'm not sure just what I did with all my time last week on Freemans Ford Road, but I didn't spend much of it with my camera.  Still, I managed to capture a few interesting shots.

Here they are in no particular order:

These lovely crocus are popping up all over Erika's and Christian's part of the farm.

We found lots of these little lovelies, too.  Snake eggs.  Black snake eggs.  Two more people told us how LUCKY E&C are to have black snakes.

The first fresh chicken eggs I ever collected straight from a chicken coop.
Christian digging holes for 12 blueberry bushes.  I hope there are blueberries when I visit this summer!

The start of the snow that fell steadily for about 14 hours. 

I love my insulated overalls and my Muck boots.

Chicken dinners to-be.
The chickens decided to stay tucked inside their coop.  I suppose the 6 inches of snow on their ladder had something to do with their decision!

Blueberry bush in snow. 

Bailey loves Glenn.

A trip to a new-to-us dump!

Outside E's&C's guest room window.

Christian contemplating a chicken.
I finally got some use out of the wool sweater I knit years ago.
The moon over the tool shed and barn.
The brooder light shining in the tool shed windows.
Those feet will make good stock. (And those bags under my eyes would make a good "before" photo for cosmetic surgery!)

The chickens ran out to greet us on our way back from a walk over to Glenn's and my side of the property.

Friday, March 21, 2014

The last snow of the season?

I've been here on Freemans Ford Road with Erika and Christian since last Thursday and was lucky enough to be here for what everyone hopes is the last snow of the season.

It started Sunday afternoon -- just after we finished making a coop for E's & C's meat chickens -- and continued all night and throughout the morning. 

It was lovely. 

It covered the new coop enough that Erika had to use the snow shovel to dig it out.  (The chicks were all toasty warm inside.)

It's good that winter is nearly (hopefully) over because Erika can no longer button her overalls over her growing baby bump!

I hope you enjoy the rest of these photos as much as I enjoyed wandering around (in the insulated overalls Christian gave me for Christmas) taking them.  

Glenn joined us yesterday evening after a long weekend at the NASCAR race in Bristol, Tennessee, just in time to see the snowy landscape.  This morning the snow started to melt and by the end of the day -- one which we spent in a meeting with a possible builder of our new home here on Freemans Ford Road -- most of it was gone.  

Glenn and I came prepared for the snow and wouldn't mind seeing more of it.  But for the sake of everyone else in the area, I hope this was the last snow of the season! 

{This moment}

this moment.

a Friday ritual (sometimes.)

a single photo - no words - capturing a moment from the week.

a simple, special, extraordinary moment.

a moment we want to pause, savor and remember.

(Inspired by http://soulemama.typepad.com/soulemama/)

Thursday, March 20, 2014

MooThru Cows

Remember the lovely cow from the St. Patrick's Day post a few days ago? She belongs to a dairy owned by the Smith Family of Remington, Va. They own MooThru, a drive up/through store that sells milk, ice cream, sandwiches and soups. You can see their website here: http://moothru.com.

Part of their herd of young cows is grazing in the pasture across the road from Erika's and Christian's house. They provide quite a lovely view in the morning and again in the afternoon.

Last Saturday afternoon I noticed that most of them were lying down and I crossed the road to check them out up close. (Please ignore the spot in the upper right corner of the photos. I had a spot on my camera lens that I didn't notice until after I had taken the photos.)

At first, no one moved.

But then, one girl heaved herself to her feet and ambled over to check me out.

A moment later, another girl lumbered to her feet and followed the first.

Then another, and...

A few more,

and still a few more after that.

In no time, almost the entire herd was standing around staring at me (whilst pooping and peeing!)

I felt kind of bad that they had made the effort to come over to see me and I had nothing with which to reward them.

So I thanked them, in advance, for all the delicious milk they will be providing in the future, and headed back to our side of the road.