Tuesday, May 12, 2015

In a day....

....there is the joy of having our four year old grandson with us!  He says things like, "Come on Grandpa, lets go find a crawdad!"  And, they do just that. We have a small creek adjacent to our place and it's just the sort of creek that a little boy likes to tramp around in. 

 Our grandson takes off down the driveway while we meander behind.  We like seeing him learn, grow and do the things that little boys like to do in outdoor open spaces.  I might add that all of our grandchildren have the same experiences at our place and the girls like it just as much. 
 Kennady and I walked around the house and found this fully blooming Peony!  This is our third spring in the new place and we have not seen it bloom so robustly before. 
 There is also a patch of these daisy's.  They only bloom in the spring and then are gone. 
  We come upon the Rhododendron.  It is a 45 year old plant and huge.

Professor always comes to the camera and I can't resist!
We have not weeded our rock area but it looks pretty good anyway!  The sticks in the foreground are a maple tree that came from seed.  We haven't the heart to take it out.  It will become large so that must be considered. 
In April I planted these strawberries and they were mostly root at the time.  We didn't lose one and it looks like we'll have some fruit this year!

Our grapes are loaded, finally, after three years of growing!  There will be a grape party in late September or early October at our house!  This is reason to celebrate! 
 Our blueberries are doing very well, too.  They are easy keepers and require very little tending. 
 Do you see that little ground squirrel in the center of the picture?  He makes more mess than three gophers!  His lifespan may be limited if he manages to get caught!  This kind of squirrel makes holes in the ground, lives in the ground and tunnels all over the lawn.  Not a good thing!
  We, like many of you, have difficult things in our lives. We take each day as it comes and are grateful for the simple things, like playing with our grandkids, spending time with the goats, cat and chickens.  Growing a garden and watching fruit come on is a seasonal delight!
What kinds of simple things do you enjoy? 


  1. Looks like such an ideal place for little ones to enjoy and roam. Love the snout shot! We have a pine tree seedling (if that's what you call it) growing in the vicinity where we cut down a large pine. I'm thinking if it fills out nice I might cut it down for our Christmas tree this year. It's fun to walk about and discover new growth and full growth. Blessings!

  2. Love it, love it, love it. Makes me want to move to your house, but I don't think that would work.
    I wander around my garden as well. Love to see the the little faces poke through the ground and bid me "hello". We've had two doves in the chicken pen lately. the eat leftover chicken seeds. They love it and dig into the holes the chickens have made. So cute to see the chickens let them be.

  3. I love this sweet post . Time with grandchildren is so special and it doesn't take much to have a good time together. Simple walks, puddles and streams to splash in and investigate. Time simply being together. These are things that help us get through the difficult times.

    Your land is growing pretty much everything we have growing, I believe it is because our weather is so similar to yours. My husband has a few maple saplings growing that he just can't bear to dig up and we know they'll be big trees soon enough. that's when we can start planting hostas & ferns underneath them. And a bench to sit in the shade on those hot summer days.

  4. What a sweet post this is! My simple things are mucking around in my little garden and taking walks and reading and knitting. And dreaming of a vacation in the north.

  5. What a sweet post this is! My simple things are mucking around in my little garden and taking walks and reading and knitting. And dreaming of a vacation in the north.