Mud Pies and Mimosas

Over the weekend, the algorithm powers-that-be decided my feed should be filled with photos of the beautiful Mimosa Tree because they are in full bloom here in Tennessee. It’s funny how a photo can bring back vivid memories. Mimosas are one of my favorite trees. When I was growing up, we had a huge oneContinue reading “Mud Pies and Mimosas”

A Year at Arundelle Green

It’s hard to believe it has been exactly one year since we turned the key in the lock and began moving into our new home! In some ways the year has flown, but in many others it feels like we have been here forever. I remember the first week in our house, the sense ofContinue reading “A Year at Arundelle Green”

Wildflowers and Squash Blossoms

I often wonder who decided what is a wildflower and what is a weed. Every morning, as I feed the animals and inspect the gardens, I find things where they supposedly shouldn’t be such as dandelions in the flower beds, clover in the vegetable gardens, or vines running through the shrubs. I pull them upContinue reading “Wildflowers and Squash Blossoms”

Walls and Fences

When we brought home our dog, Curry, we knew we could not just throw the goats in there with him and expect him to know what to do. He is a big, energetic puppy who had obviously not had any training, so we had a lot of work to do to make sure he sawContinue reading “Walls and Fences”

Meet Hank!

Kenny, Dolly, and Reba have been adjusting well. They have come to accept Curry as their boisterous, playful guardian and weathered thunderstorms (lots of them!) with courage. I did realize, after the zillionth storm, that I needed to move their shelter. It was not drying out between rains and I worried they would get sick,Continue reading “Meet Hank!”

The Coop, Chickens, Cats and Poop! (Not necessarily in that order)

*This post does devolve somewhat into chicken poop management, so if you are squeamish you have been warned! What a fun experience it has been to see a vision come to life! From a Pinterest photo adapted for our needs, a gifted carpenter worked for almost a month to build a predator-proof, one-of-a-kind, beautiful chapelContinue reading “The Coop, Chickens, Cats and Poop! (Not necessarily in that order)”

Meet the Goats!

God has big plans for this little farm. Plans that stretch beyond milk, vegetables, eggs and soap. Creation declares the glory of God, and I am seeing it happen here, in this place surrounded by trees, water, and blue sky.

Creating Space

As I stepped outside this morning to gauge the temperature my senses were assaulted by the sounds of hundreds of birds singing joy from the Shadow Wood. One perched nearby seemed to be proclaiming, “hello, hellooooo!” as the geese glided gracefully across the pond. A chilly early spring breeze blew strong, threatening to topple theContinue reading “Creating Space”

Surprise, Surprise!

Last week our pool guy came for his weekly maintenance. He is a cat lover, so he always enjoys checking in on Ashton and Rosa, commenting on how they’ve “got it good” with a chuckle. He is generally full of friendly advice and very helpful. On this day, the kittens were exploring the yard inContinue reading “Surprise, Surprise!”

Making it Ours-The Grand Tour of Arundelle Green

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again. This house felt familiar from the day we moved in. It is a red brick, Colonial style, grand beauty with traditional details and just a touch of farmhouse charm to soften things a bit. First, I set up the kitchen. (Of course.) Isn’t eating the firstContinue reading “Making it Ours-The Grand Tour of Arundelle Green”