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It’s June!

Hello!  Official summer is almost here but in the meantime, signs of summer surround us – long, hot days and grass that grows faster than a BMW goes from 0 to 60.  Temperatures began to rise to the 80’s a couple weeks ago, but this morning it was 57 when we took the pups for their first walk of the day.  If only we could preserve that for the rest of the season.

Our garden efforts continue to delight and surprise us (as in – did we really manage not to kill that?):

Lettuce…

Mesclun Mix and Romaine…

and some herbs that grow on our porch…

Strawberries

In addition to enjoying the sweet, fresh berries…

…Mr. Fifty Shades experimented with some homemade strawberry ice cream…

…and some strawberry jam

Also, Mr. Fifty Shades built a square foot garden area near the house where we’ve planted tomatoes, peppers, and more lettuce

In non-gardening activities…

We installed this bird house near our house for blue birds but last year and this year, tree swallows encouraged the blue birds to move out.  Here’s the sassy new resident…

I am so weary just taking pictures of all this activity I might have to go eat a bowl of ice cream.

Until next time,

Mrs. Fifty Shades of Green Acres

We’re Back

Hi.  We’re back.  Over the past few weeks, we’ve been reminded  that our last post was over six months ago when we had a little fire in our “back yard.”

Winter and early spring brought lots of rain to our area.  We’re hoping the showers continue as we just planted our spring garden.

For now, we’ll show you our first spring delight, picked just yesterday…

…weighing in at four pounds.  More will be ready to pick today.  We only wish we could share the wonderful smell and sweet flavor…but, not the strawberries.  Ha.  Not really.  Well, maybe.

Until next time…

Mr. & Mrs. Fifty Shades of GREEN Acres

 

Fire on the Mountain

It’s been a dry fall so far.  Tuesday morning the smell of smoke was heavy.  Our across the road neighbor was burning in his front yard so we chalked the odor up to that.  Later that day the neighbor’s fire was out, but we still smelled smoke.  Yesterday we noticed smoke from an area that appeared to be along the eastern border of our property.  We kept an eye on it and late yesterday afternoon we noticed that the state forestry department had personnel watching the fire from the bottom of our driveway.  Mr. Fifty Shades visited with the forestry folks and the local supervisor gave Mr. Fifty Shades his cell phone number and said the best thing to do was to let the fire burn.  It could not be extinguished anyway and until the fire threatened structures it was best to just monitor it.  However, if the fire got close enough that we became concerned we should call him 24/7.  This morning the fire had crept over the ridge and was working its way across the face of the north and east slopes of our property.  By mid-day the fire had moved close enough that it was time to call the experts to determine what, if any action should be taken.  After surveying the scope of the fire the supervisor from the forestry department said the fire was too big to manually backfire and that a fire line would need to be cut with a bulldozer.  And, to work they went.  One bulldozer and operator together with five other crew members worked on cutting a line around our house and outbuildings to ensure that only the woods burned.  They worked about six hours and when they left approximately 85 acres had been burned, but the fire was under control and adequate protection had been provided for our house.

As everyone knows fire is dangerous and destructive.  However, fire is also life giving in the forest.  In our case, the fire was hot enough to burn off excess fuel on the forest floor and clear underbrush.  At the same time it was not so hot as to damage hardwoods such as oak.  Even though conditions were dry they were not as dry as early spring when the most dangerous of forest fires occur in this area.  In the spirit of silver linings we probably have reduced the danger of the most damaging fires by having this one now.  Most of the visible slopes on our property were burned.  The damage though, was minimal other than to the underbrush.  Nonetheless, it is disconcerting, to say the least, to have your house surrounded by fire.

We are thankful for the hard work of the crew from the Department of Forestry.  We’re all safe and sound.  Really.  

Here’s some of the action:

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Until next time,

Mr. Fifty Shades (with photographic credit to Mrs. F.S.)

 

 

Before the Leaves Leave

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Cooler temperatures, vibrant colors – delicious!  Before the leaves float away on the fall winds, making their annual descent to cover the ground, here are a few of the sights we’ve been admiring:

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These little guys are taking in the views as well:

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Blue Jay found himself an acorn!

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Do you think the birds will pose for me one day?  I’d like to get some close-ups better pics!

Until next time,

Fifty Shades of Green Acres

 

 

Florida Family and Friends

To all of you in Florida…

We are watching the storm and thinking of you and your safety.  Prepare well and stay safe.

Please let us know that you are ok when you can.

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Happy Fall!

Hello!  Happy First Day of Fall!

This picture is our western view about 10 minutes into the fall season.

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This week we’ve enjoyed morning temperatures in the high 50’s, but the highs are in the mid-80’s so it doesn’t feel quite like fall yet.  For now, we’re settling for some beautiful signs of autumn..

The goldenrods are plentiful this September, brightening up the landscape around the pond and at the edge of the woods.

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I just read up on them and they say they are edible.  I think I will resist, though.  I already like too much stuff.

Bright red berries on our dogwood tree signal fall as well as…

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… just a tease of color looking up into our woods…

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In case you are wondering, Mr. Fifty Shades has been working diligently on the “Mow”rage for the tractor/mower.  As you can see, the roof is coming along.

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Until next time,  Fifty Shades of Green Acres

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While we were away…

We traveled last week…

For this big day…

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…but, wait…impossible – she is only 10 years old – she could not be graduating from high school.  Well – ok – maybe.

However…

while we were away…

this happened…

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…and this…

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…and there was also a development with our chickens.

The hens were busy while we were away and laid about 15 eggs.  We only collected 5 when we got home.

The reason?

Can you see these two ladies?

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Maybe you need a close up view.

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Our other ten eggs are under these gals, who have decided to go broody.  This means that they want to hatch their eggs and raise chicks.  Each hen has about five eggs upon which she is setting. This has happened before and we have discouraged it by removing the hen from the nest and extracting the eggs.  This time, Mr. Fifty Shades thinks it will be fun to let them hatch out some chicks.  Mr. Fifty Shades is channeling his inner Scarlet O’Hara and thinking…I shall never go eggless again!  

Until next time,

Fifty Shades of Green Acres Team