Second Spring

     Well, it’s 65 degrees F. and sunny here today.  The skies are blue as far as I can see, and all of my windows are open.  The weather is simply glorious!  It’s so nice that Dash and I took a little stroll around Green Hill Farm this morning. And, to my surprise, I found that many of my flowers and shrubs are blooming!  The irises and daylilies are in full glory as well as the roses.  Even the hydrangea and lilac are budding out, again.  I walked over to the kitchen garden to find that the eggplants are still producing, as well, despite a few frosts. However, the heirloom tomatoes have finally given up for the season, and the poor scarecrow lady is looking a bit faded and tattered.  Poor girl! In the spring, she was the bell of the ball as she graced the kitchen garden in a vintage pink and green floral suit and matching hat.

     Although I love the warmer weather, the juxtaposition of red and orange foliage next to blooming roses and flowering vegetables is a little odd.  Oh well, I’m not going to question it too much. In a couple of months, I’ll be dreaming of this kind of weather.

Here’s a little of what Dash and I saw on our walk.  Thanks for coming along!

 

P.S. ~ I have to say that I just LOVE “Barbara,” the little Speckled Sussex hen who’s so enamored with my iPhone camera.  She is always ready for her close-up. 😉

I thought I’d share a little bit about her, especially since she’s in so many of the pictures. This heritage breed is by far my favorite.  The Speckled Sussex has a long and illustrious family background.  Sussex is a county in southeastern England and that’s where this chicken comes from originally.  It’s one of the oldest known breeds–there’s evidence that the Romans found a similar breed when they invaded England over two thousand years ago.

Besides having lovely feathering, these hens are curious, gentle, chatty, cold-hardy, excellent foragers for free-ranging, and good egg layers. So, I thought the following quote perfectly described my little, feathered friend:

“Well dressed, curious, chatty and always keen to entertain–this chicken is the Oprah of the poultry world.”

 

Enjoy!

 

42 Comments »

  1. Glorious! We have the sunshine but about 15 degrees colder and I have reports of snow back home in France. On another note – we are talking chickens chez nous and so I will be following all reports of your hens with the greatest interest. I just wouldn’t want them to think I’m stalking them!!!

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  2. Thanks for taking us along with you on your spring-like walk. 🙂 I’ve been enjoying this glorious weather, too! And so nice to meet Barbara. She’s quite the ham, isn’t she?

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  3. So surprising to see the blooms. I have azaelas blooming. Never before!

    On Monday, November 7, 2016, fourth generation farmgirl wrote:

    > Fourth Generation Farmgirl posted: ” Well, it’s 65 degrees F. and > sunny here today. The skies are blue as far as I can see, and all of my > windows are open. The weather is simply glorious! It’s so nice that Dash > and I took a little stroll around Green Hill Farm this morning. And, to” >

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  4. Absolutely gorgeous photos, Tonya. I love Barbara’s poses for the camera, and Dash playing. The flowers look beautiful as well. The poor old scarecrow looks a bit faded though, but as she looks like she is wearing yellow, she fits in with the cheery, sunny photos perfectly!

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