Our duck friends

These two Black Bellied Whistling ducks come by every morning and every evening.

They eat some of the seed I put out and stay a little while. They never seem to mind me taking their pictures.

I changed the sign while editing just for them since they whistle instead of sing.

I love these ducks and I look for them most mornings. I need to give them names like maybe Fred and Ethel. When I talk to them they just look at me like they understand.

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Local Auctions

I love auctions the thrill of bidding for a week and finally winning something or deciding there was something you were bidding on that went for more than you wanted to pay.

Just watch yourself because its sort of like gambling it can be quite addictive.

Go to this site Auction Site and put in your zip code and the distance you want to travel. I am sure you will find something in your area.

Last weekend I won 67 boxes of ice packs some were 8ct some were 12 ct part of them were therapeutic Polar Pack for sprains, arthritis etc. the rest were the kinds to keep medication cold or to use in a lunch box by U- Tek. They were all the flat kind. My cost was $20.00 the boxes took up the entire truck bed plus double stacking.

I won 4- 3M soap dispensers and 5 bottles of antibacterial soap for $16.00. It looks like the dispensers are worth $50.00 and the soap $23.00. We will use two outside one by the barn and greenhouse and I will share the others. I even won some extra soap for these.

A case of ZEP antibacterial soap hand cleaner for $12.00 they were quart size and there were 12 bottles.

I won the younger grandkids a set of 3 balls soccer, football and basketball they were youth size but I got them for $10.00.

A few other odds and ends but needless to say I was quite pleased with my winnings for the week. My husband, on the other hand, seems to think I am crazy because I won the ice packs. I am giving many away to family and friends but I am going to also sell some of them and make a little profit from them.

This was my third time to do this auction in the last 7 months.

Look for auctions near you sometimes you will find some really great things.

For the love of garlic

There are many benefits of cooking with garlic and we use a lot of it it is a very healthy thing to have in your diet.

Elephant garlic is our favorite type to grow. It makes this beautiful flower then when it dies it is time to pick the garlic. When you dig it up you will find the bulbs of cloves and seeds for the next year.

I truly love photographing these blooms, especially in macro.

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Heirloom Tomatoes

We love gardening and trying new things but we only stick to Heirloom varieties for vegetables.

These yellow/orange tomatoes are called Persimmon and they are a meaty tomato. The taste is wonderful and it will wake up your taste buds.

The big ones average about 1.25#s each. They are huge.

We have them in the greenhouse in dutch buckets using gravel no dirt, the no-till garden and in pots.  We were experimenting to see what works out best and produces the biggest and most fruit.

The largest tomatoes were grown in the no-till garden. The temperatures have gotten so hot we have added 40% shade cloth over the outside vegetables.

Our greenhouse is getting up to 97 degrees and the plants are paying for it. Even with fans, shade cloth at 40% the sides rolled up and the front and back doors opened we can not seem to get the temperatures down below 90 degrees. The auto drip system for watering is set for 5 x a day.

The joys of gardening are figuring out what works best and enjoying what you have grown.

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Baby Hawk update

I was able to get some better pictures of the baby hawks this time.

Our son in law David said he saw one of the three fly away earlier in the week.

One leaves the nest and goes to the tree limb edges but we never saw him fly.

On Saturday night we had bad storms the nest blew out of the tree both of these babies were on the ground. The one in the nest was hurt. They put them in a large dog kennel until Sunday morning.

They wanted to see if the one that had been flying could fly and he flew away.

They think the one in the nest is the weakest one he is much smaller than the others and does not have all the feathers just yet. Since he is injured they are going to try and get a hold of a wildlife rehab.

A neighbor told our daughter what to do so, for now, she is trying to rehab it. She is thinking it is more scared than injured.

The parents found the one that flew they kept calling out for the babies and that one answered. Right now they are rebuilding a new nest.

Sometimes wildlife needs our help to survive. I have truly enjoyed taking these little ones pictures I hope the injured one makes it.

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Cadilac at 11 months old

Cadilac has grown a lot since our daughter and her husband bought her. She losing her baby face.

She will be 1 – year old next month. She seems so small standing next to Scamper the other Minature Hereford but Scamper is almost 2.

I have a soft spot in my heart for cows they are my favorite farm animal. I love to talk to the cows, pet them and feed them clover.

Daisy likes to charge the cows next door to us when they are the fence then she kisses them on their noses lol. They just stand there they are not scared of her.

On Wednesday I was over at the little farm and decided to try and get a few pictures. That was when Cadilac gave me this look. She was thinking ” I was just chewing my cud and minding my own business and here you come to take more pictures. ”

Have a great Memorial weekend everyone do a few projects and a lot of relaxing.

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