Monday, December 23, 2013

Backyard Farmyard in December

It's almost Christmas.  We've decked the halls, attended beautiful church services, enjoyed time with family, visited Santa (sort of ~ the munchkin would have no part of the strange jolly man), eaten lots of great food, and continued our daily jaunts across the backyard to our favorite little Half-Acre Home on the Range.  Annabelle is all settled into her brand new home built by the greatest guy in the world.  She quickly created her own little mud spa, and my jeans and boots are permanently orange.

Is that not the most adorable little piggy you have ever seen!?  

I am really biased, but I think she is seriously the best.

I have found that the most opportune time to take (non-blurry) pictures of her is when she's eating.  So, it kinda seems like she eats...all the time.  Several folks have asked what she eats.  She eats a pelleted "mini-pig" food topped with a mix of her favorite treats which may include spinach, kale, carrots, grapes, apples, peanut butter treats...and the list goes on and on ;)

I love that there is still life in our little garden plot in the middle of December.  The girlies and I plopped a few garlic cloves into the ground in the fall, and these shoots are growing steadily.  They just make me happy.

We have had rain and ice and mud.  There have been days when it seemed we would never see the sun again...and then, it returned, if only briefly.  The clouds moved out for a short spell, and I was able to spend more time outside.  

These pretty ladies are getting so big and fluffy.  Beautiful birds. 

And they are just a little fascinated with their new neighbor.  They are all so curious about Miss Annabelle.  A few have flown over for a visit.

Speaking of fascination.  Check out the feathered one below.  My pretty little Easter Egger surprised me early one morning.  Stopped me in my tracks as I headed to the coop.  I have been suspicious for a little while now, but the morning I heard "her" sunrise greeting...I realized that "Layla" may not ever lay a green egg and would probably need a new name.  I was amazed as I listened to that awkward "cock-a-doodle-doo." This might sound silly, but my little mini-farm felt all grown up with that early morning crow!

Yep, I think it's safe to say that Layla is now a Milo.  My big girl renamed him.  I was leaning toward something like Maximus or Mr. Darcy, but the six year old won that battle.

They win a lot of battles, I'm not going to lie.  

Sweet Annabelle.  Adorable Super Girl.  They are ready to save the world...or at least the big backyard ;)

While Christmas is my most favorite time of the year, I am quietly yearning for warmer, longer, dryer days to spend outside.  I love the glow of the Christmas tree, hot coffee, cozy blankets, and watching Christmas movies incessantly, but I also miss green trees, warm sunshine, and blooming things.  I received my first seed catalog for 2014 and had a mini-celebration.  For Christmas, I asked for grow lights to start seedlings indoors.  Seriously.  And I cannot wait to use them! :)

Hope you're keeping warm and dry and enjoying this wonderful time of year!
Have a blessed and beautiful day :)

From The Farm Blog Hop

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