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We’re loving the crisp, cool, fall days here at Fifty Shades of Green Acres.  By now, most of the trees have lost their leaves but we want to share a few pictures taken at the beginning of this month (the autumn colors came late this year):

At this time of year, we can see straight through the trees to see when the mail carrier has delivered our mail; during spring and summer we try to listen for her car since the trees hide our mailbox which is about 1/4 mile from our house.

Sage and I have news to share about excitement on our property this week:

Monday – Horse in the yard

Tuesday – Cows in the yard

Wednesday – Cow in the yard

Thursday – Neighbor working on his fence to keep cows and horses where they belong

As a result of these incidents, Mr. and Mrs. Fifty Shades need to watch where they step during our walks.  Sage and I just think it gives us more places to sniff with gusto.  FUN TIMES!!!

In other news,

Mr. Fifty Shades continues to work on his shop:  You can see here that he’s made progress on the electric panel

“Soon” there will be internet down here, with “soon” being a relative term.  Mr. Fifty Shades put an order in for the hook-up about three months ago.  But, all of you who know us know that we are extremely patient here at Fifty Shades of Green Acres.

Next post, be on the lookout for:

  • the great moving worktable
  • the molting revolt or the revolting molt

Until then, enjoy fall wherever you are…

Fifty Shades of Green Acres Team

 

 

 

 

 

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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

 

 

My Midsummer Night’s Dream

My midsummer night’s dream…

Getting ready for our evening walk with our well behaved dogs…

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…Mr. Fifty Shades went outside before me.  A few minutes later, he stuck his head in the door and said, “Honey bunch, you better get a sweater, it’s a bit chilly out here.”

…And, then I woke up.  It was all a delirious dream.  It’s hot and steamy here and has been so for FOREVER.  Has it been hot where you are?  Part of our desire to move up here was to enjoy the cooler weather.  In wishing for a cool down, we know we’re not alone – the whole country has been enduring the high temps. The heat must be due to the nonexistent climate change.  That’s all I can think.

Just for something fun to occupy his time, Mr. Fifty Shades began a new project.  This mower has earned its keep and should not endure the indignity of having to share space in our garage…see how pathetic this is?…

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After it was determined that this tough little mower deserved a building of its own, Mr. Fifty Shades designed the building and began laying it out. The Deere’s new digs will feature a garage door and two additional doors, electricity, three windows, a 50 inch television, and a spa.  Ha!

Coincidentally and concurrently with the planning, our 14 year old (soon to be 15) friend was looking for a way to earn some money this summer.  Wow – don’t you love coincidences?  Mr. Fifty Shades and his young assistant tackled the job…

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…and the rest of the summer is kind of a blurry, humid, impossibly scorching span of time.

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Here is the status as of today:

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…still some work to be done, but Mr. Fifty Shades believes it will be move in ready in about six weeks or so.  We are all so happy for Mr. Deere.

In milestone news, these are the three little chicks that hatched on June 12th.  They grow up so fast…

Time will tell if they are hens or roosters (they aren’t saying).

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Until next time,

Fifty Shades of Green Acres

 

 

 

Summer!

It’s felt like summer for a while.  Officially, though, summer arrived in all its sweltering glory on June 20 at 6:34 p.m. (thank you Farmer’s Almanac) and this picture was taken about 30 minutes following the start of summer.  It looks pretty steamy out there!

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Random Happenings at Fifty Shades of Green Acres…

  • We are expanding the chicken coop…

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…because two of our hens hatched some adorable chicks.

Aren’t they cute?

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Oh, wait.  The pictures come out better if you remove the lens cap first.

Here they are!  Two Momma Hens are taking care of three little chicks.  They are a week old here.  They were a bit camera shy for their first week and the Momma Hens were quite protective.  We learned that the Momma hens need to be kept apart from each other while they tend to their chicks, as well away from the other hens and rooster for about a month, so they are in temporary quarters for now.

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  • The hummingbirds are back!  They stay busy sipping nectar all day.  We often see four or five of them vying for position around the feeders.

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  • I managed to get into some poison ivy.  It was an itchy mess, but, I only complained a little…only once, really…for a three week period of time.  🙂  I’m all recovered now.

Until next time,

Fifty Shades of Green Acres

 

Snowzilla 2016

Since this storm delivered historic snowfall, we felt compelled to record the event in our little corner of the world.

Our Snowmobile

Our Snowmobile

Winter Wonderland

Winter Wonderland

Dogwood Tree

Dogwood Tree

You can see our foot and paw prints leading down the drive and to the pond

You can see our foot and paw prints leading down the drive and to the pond…

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Pond with the floating (and frozen) dock in the background

Pond with the floating (and frozen) dock in the background

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"Neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night stays these couriers from the swift completion of their appointed rounds."...except for Snowzilla 2016

“Neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night stays these couriers from the swift completion of their appointed rounds.”…except for Snowzilla 2016!

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Our Winter Garden...

Our Winter Garden…

The photographer pauses to gain the courage to climb up this hill...

The photographer pauses for dramatic effect and to gain the courage to climb up this hill…

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Western view

Western view

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Walkway to porch

We think we’ve had about 10 inches of snow over the past week.  It’s now in the 20’s, the sun is shining brilliantly and we expect we’ll be slip sliding on the ice when we take the dogs out today.  The impact of the storm was far greater all around our region – to the south, north, and east.  We’ve been places where the brunt of a hurricane affected us and we feel grateful that we were spared with this snow storm.  We never lost power and we stayed warm and toasty as Mr. Fifty Shades had our wood burning stove churning out the heat.

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Until next time,

Fifty Shades of Green Acres Team

Sage Advice

Hi All –

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This week we celebrated one year since I adopted Scout and Mr. & Mrs. Fifty Shades.  It is a lucky thing I found them since they really needed my advice.  For instance, Mr. & Mrs. Fifty Shades thought that sleeping past 4:00 a.m. was normal.  Can you believe that?  Fortunately, I have been able to convince them that this was a crazy practice, or as Mrs. Fifty Shades describes it, “a faraway dream.”  I think that means it was just plain silly.

Scout and I have had the best time ever this week since it’s been snowing and cold.  Scout likes to lay down and roll in the snow.  I like to do whatever Scout does.  Here are some pictures that show all the delicious snow we’ve been enjoying…

 

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Bee Hives

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Chicken Coop

 

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The Pond

 

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Bird House

 

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Picnic Anyone?

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The weather predictions are for the snow to continue until Sunday.  It is also supposed to be quite windy and Scout and I just don’t know how much better it could get.

Here’s hoping you’re enjoying snow wherever you are!

Signing off,

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Sage and the rest of the Fifty Shades Team

Happy New Year!

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The Scout Report

Hi Everyone,

I hope you’ve been enjoying winter so far.  Today was our best day so far this year, because it SNOWED!  Yay.  Hurray!

You can see here my paw prints in the snow and just below where I lapped up the snow with my tongue.  

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Sage wasn’t too sure about it at first, but, after a few tries she enjoyed lapping it up, too. Someone mentioned it might be like eating a snow cone, although we’ve been advised to avoid the yellow kind.  

Even though the cold weather is the best, I think Sage prefers staying inside with our new rope toy. We wore out the other one chewing and playing tug of war.
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There might be a picture of us doing this one day with the new rope, but, Mrs. Fifty Shades says it will be difficult since most of the time we’d rather stop what we’re doing to see what she’s doing when she brings out the camera. 

 

This is what it looked like just a couple hours ago when Mr. & Mrs. Fifty Shades and Sage and I took our walk.  

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Now the sun is shining and the light snow is melting.  The temps will be in the teens tomorrow – really – it doesn’t get much better than that!

Until next time,

Scout & Sage

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