Tuesday, May 13, 2014

the wonderful month of May












Spring...it has finally arrived, and all we want to do here is be outdoors!
I've started working on the garden and have all the raised beds ready for planting, and I've trimmed and mowed around them.  At the end of April I planted some seeds--lettuce, kale, radishes, and spinach--but so far only the radishes have come up.  The rhubarb is ready, and I tried a good recipe for strawberry rhubarb crisp bars and made a rhubarb blueberry crumble.
Daffodils and tulips are blooming, and the lilacs are almost in bloom.  The scenery around us is becoming greener as the leaves on the trees are beginning to unfurl.  I hung three birdhouse gourds in the pines.
Spring cleaning is still in progress, with most of the painting done and an office chair recovered {makeover pictures soon}.
I made it to the library book sale and, as always, found some good magazines and a few books.  My favorite is the 1939 copy of the Book of Trees, which has beautiful illustrations by Earl G. Wright.
Unfortunately the spring weather has also brought out the fox, who raided the chicken yard the morning of Mother's Day.  Two hens were lost, but we managed to scare the fox away and save a third hen {minus a few tail feathers}.  Otherwise, I had a wonderful Mother's Day and hope you all did too,

Deb

12 comments:

  1. Such pretty pictures, Deb (so happy to see Our Blessed Mother!)
    Love to hear about all your spring activities but so sorry to hear about the fox and the loss of your hens -
    Glad your Mother's Day was sweet otherwise
    Teresa

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  2. Thanks Teresa, I'm glad you stopped to visit!
    Deb

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  3. The top photo looks to perfect!!!! Gorgeous! i have the same bird I.D. book, but would love to find that tree one! I will keep my eye open for it. I love trees. My favorite is the beloved pine! Your blog is so beautiful it nearly makes me want to cry! Glad you had a nice Mothers Day!

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  4. Goodness me the green after the white for months, this is amazing to these Aussie eyes. Enjoy the weather Deb.

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  5. Beautiful photos, you have an amazing garden

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  6. Love the colour in your photos. I can hardly wait for some colour here. We had a heavy frost last night and I am beginning to think we may go directly to summer with not a sign of spring. Well we do have green grass at any rate.

    God bless.

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  7. I have always wanted that particular statue of the Blessed Mother. How beautiful it looks!

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  8. You've been busy! I saw the recipe for the rhubarb-strawberry crisp on Smitten Kitchen the other day - can't wait to make it. I'm so sorry about the loss of your chickens. :-(

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  9. Great job on the lawn and raised beds. I can't garden down here as we have Bermuda grass and it comes up through everything. I have to use containers. We had Spring and warm temps and then rain and now it's cold. I too went to a library sale and got some great bargains. The rain has forced me me inside to clean which isn't a bad thing. I'm so sorry about your hens...especially on Mother's Day.
    I bought rhubarb that was supposed to grow down here (AR) but it didn't. When I had my acreage in Iowa I had gobs of it and asparagus too and morels. Enjoy your rhubarb!

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  10. I am sure what I imagine your home life is like, is much more calm and perfect then it really is but photos of your home always have a calming affect on me. Which I could use right now, so thank you my friend xox Clarice

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  11. Hi Deb! I just found your blog through flickr and I'm so glad I did! Beautiful!
    I almost bought a rhubarb plant today when I was at the nursery, but I couldn't help but remember the summer I made rhubarb crisp and ate it all myself. Yikes!
    It's nice to meet you!

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  12. Radishes are the only thing up in my garden too! Love your photos!

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