Foggy Morning

We got some rain last night, then this morning we woke to this incredible, dense fog.

It was 10:30am when I took this photo, and it was still so foggy, I could feel it on my skin as I walked around!

So gorgeous.

The Re-Farmer

Cute fuzzy things in the morning

I got to see all sorts of adorable things this morning. Starting with these guys!

They were very rambunctious this morning. 🙂

The girls have informed me that the calico that looks like Cabbages has been named Broccoli. The tabby twins have also been named, but I forget them right now.

The fourth kitten, sharing breakfast with her mother here, does not yet have a name.

I also saw an adorable, fuzzy little monster this morning, but I wasn’t able to get a photo. The woodchuck was by the old garden shed, then ducked under it as I came over.

I’m happy to say that adding two bigger rocks and a bunch of broken bricks seems to finally be enough to keep the woodchuck from digging its way back under the stairs. I think it still tried, though. A small, gap-filling piece of insulation had been braced between the brick wall and the big rock, before. Looks like it got pushed inwards.

One last adorable bit of fuzziness! This bee wasn’t even gathering nectar or anything. It was just sitting there, like it was taking a nap while it was still cool. 🙂

I got a few things worked out in the garden, before coming in from my morning rounds, but that will get its own post. 🙂

The Re-Farmer

Pretty morning

We had a light snowfall all night, with almost no wind. This morning, the trees looked like they were covered in frost!

It’s enough to almost make the junk cars in the old hay yard look pretty.

Almost.

Fresh tracks at the feeding station, and around to the ornamental apply trees in the old kitchen garden, show we had quite a few deer visits in the night!

As promised, I got a picture of the wonderful gift from my brother and his wife.

Well. The box, at least! No point in opening the box until spring!

Being the incredibly thoughtful person he is, on noticing the spikes into the soil are not very long, my brother included a length of angle iron we can pound into the ground, and wired to tie the post to it, for extra support!

I find myself thinking… if we have a fire, that might thaw out the ground enough to install this, and we can have some winter cook outs! With the fire bans, we aren’t using the fire pit in the summer anywhere near as much as I had expected to.

It’s supposed to be pretty mild for the next while…

Yeah. I’m just looking for excuses to get this set up out there! 😀

The Re-Farmer

Critter of the Day: pretty little boy

Of the two orange kittens outside, one of them is more comfortable around people than the other. He is typically right at the door when I come outside. His brother, on the other hand, tends to keep his distance, or hide under the kibble house.

Not this morning!

He came right over and actually allowed me to pet him!

Such a pretty boy!!

The orange kittens inside are Saffron and Turmeric, so we call them the Spice Girls. We call the outside orange kittens the Spice Boys, but haven’t actually named them. Partly because they move around so much, we haven’t really been able to identify the differences between them to know which is which!

I am thinking we should keep to the spice theme call them Nutmeg and Ginger. 😀

Just One

This year, I’ve been allowing various things to come up in between the sidewalk blocks by the sun room, instead of taking the weed trimmer to them, to see what is there.

Quite a lot of flowers have come up through the cracks and crevices between the rain barrel and the clothes line platform. Most of them are either the purple bell shaped flowers we’ve got all over the place this year, or a taller plant with bright orange-yellow flowers.

Then, there is this one.

And it is just one. A single stalk with a single flower! I can’t see any other part of the plant.

I don’t know what this is, other than something from the allium family.

What a beautiful little surprise. 🙂

The Re-Farmer

Critter of the Day: Big Jim Surprise

Happy New Year!

One of the things I love about digital photography, and especially with the use of various lenses, is that when the photos are uploaded, we often see more in the photo, than what we saw at the moment.  Like the incredible colour of Big Jim’s eyes.

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Or… hold on…  Is that blood on his lip???

Jim was hiding behind the base of the bird feeder, watching the birds eating the deer feed on the ground.  Every now and then, he would make a leap for a bird.

A very clumsy leap, what with the base of the feeder in his way and all…

Maybe that’s how he hurt his lip?

Edit: I had to go back and fix this post. When I first wrote it, I thought I was looking at Bob, because of the white under his chin. Bob, however, has more white, plus a bit of a white splash on his nose, too. A few months ago, I would never have had this problem, as they were so different in size!