Saturday, March 27, 2010

" Battles At Swiftwater "

This is Madame Willow.............who has decided that she wants to raise some little Willows. She is one tuff chick! She won this battle! However I win the afternoon battle to gather eggs! All be it I have to have a pair of long arm leather gloves!! She hisses and growls like a rabid varmint but I manage to get my 7 eggs a day!!









She gets to keep these 4 marked eggs to set on......................

We have really been enjoying the free range antics of Oscar and his girls.........



Max however has won the battle of "who's " the farm boss! Head em up, move em out Max....


He watches them all day. He won't allow them to wander off in the woods or go into the front.

He keeps them out around the back and herds em up at roost time! The only thing he can't do it shut the door and lock it!







Spring has won the battle against Winter it seems............




Both the Forsythia and Bradford Pear are a mix of leaves and blooms......







The Amaryllis are popping up.............








I have one lone cluster of Daffodils..........I need to plant some more of these!
















The Wisteria is popping out clusters to admire...........











They just don't last long enough to suit me............












The Tulip Tree has been a beauty this year............











Peach Tree blooms.............














The Empress Tree is just loaded with lavender bells...............













One Iris has bloomed so far...............
















The Weigela is gorgeous................















I'm willing to bet the Joseph's Coat is gonna show out big time before I know it.........
















We may even get May haw's this year from the looks of these blooms..........


















I put the new Hummingbird feeder up Thursday evening and look who showed up Friday morning!



















Everything thing around here is battling to win. I have been in the fight of my life against this wicked Respiratory Virus. It's been 12 days and I'm still fighting for breath and my head and chest are full of gunk! After 10 days of strong antibiotics with no real relief, I took matters into my own hands yesterday and reverted to a thousand year old proven method. A Neti Pot for Sinus cleansing! I don't know why I didn't go this route to start with as it used to be all I ever did for cold and sinus problems years ago. I got major relief last night and will continue it daily from here on out. I'm gonna win this battle !!!!!!!!!!!!




















I also read an article in my MJ Farm magazine yesterday about taking 1 teaspoon of honey and 1/4 teaspoon of Cinnamon mixed to relieve any sinus or chest congestion problems so I am doing this too !!






















At present I'm almost finished reading the 2nd book in Nancy Turner's Sarah Prine series, "Sarah's Quilt". It is a real good read though not as good as " These Is My Words " and written quite different. I'm hoping the 3rd one, "The Star Garden" is more like the first...........






















Lately I'm also having the most vivid crazy dreams! I normally don't remember the details of my dreams but the last few nights I can remember every detail. A few nights ago I dreamed a friend had a baby boy. It was so real I can still see the little fellow plain as day! Since she is long past having babies, there is no way this would come true unless it's a grandson! HA!

Last night I helped save antiques from another friends Victorian home which was on fire!

Any of you know what dreams mean??????????























It's Sunny today and should get to 75 so I'm hoping to get out later and get some dirt under my nails working at cleaning out some beds................

Tomorrow I plan to spend the day visiting you guys whom I've neglected horribly!!

Have A Great Weekend Everyone !!!!!!!!!!!!!

























24 comments:

Carolyn said...

I've been gone so long the chickens have all grown up. I love your names.

Nezzy said...

I'm lovin' the fact you left dear Madam Willow some eggs to sit on. Well, they'll be marked for life! Heehehehe!

We swear by the Neti pot, ours looks more like an Aladdin's lamp only it's 'snot' a green Gennie who appears.

Thanks for the spring tour. We can have killing frost here in the holler up to May 15 so my plants are way behind your. Thanks for showin' us your beautiful bloomers!

Feel better and have a great weekend blessed with dirt under your nails and all.

Marguerite said...

Love all of your Spring pics and think it's great that Miss Willow is laying 7 eggs a day!! Glad you're on the mend, sometimes natural remedies are the best! Try squeezing a slice of lemon into your water and tea. Excellent for clearing up respiratory problems. Have a wonderful weekend!

Marinela Reka said...

Wow great pics :)
Nice blog xxx

Marinela

Vicki Lane said...

Good to see you back, Carol! That's great that Max has a job to do -- they need it.

Your spring is a good bit farther along than ours -- no flowering bushes yet but there's green on the weeping willow!

Don't overdo it!

Journaling Woman said...

I am hanging on for spring to sprout here in MO. for now your photos will get me through.

Hey get well and that's an order.

Elizabeth Spann Craig/Riley Adams said...

I love your photos! And Willow sounds like a tough mama! I don't think I'd want to deal with her, gloves or not! :)

Elizabeth
Mystery Writing is Murder

Mac n' Janet said...

Spring is finally settling in here in Coastal Georgia and not a day too soon.
Love your pix.

Glynis said...

Have fun in the Springtime. Willow...what a lovely name for a mama hen.

The cinnamon and honey route is all they use here in Cyprus. With fresh lemon squeezed in as well.

Loved your pics, thanks for sharing.

A Brit in Tennessee said...

Wow, Carol everything is blooming there at the farm !
What kind of Tulip tree is that ? My neighbor has one, and we have been trying to figure out it's name...
Sorry to read you are still having a go round with the upper respiratory, I read an article saying there was a virus going around, which turned a respiratory infection into pneumonia every time, and is rampant right now, in the hospitals.
Do take care of yourself deary.
I had three Hummingbird's at the feeder yeaterday, they maybe scouts Im not sure, but more than last year at this time.
Love your hen's thay are characters !
Get well friend !
Hugs,
Jo

Callie said...

Sure hope you are much better and that the remedies you are trying are helping.

Max is a winner! I think Max has a lot he could teach Morgan about taking care of chickens.

Hope you have a wonderful time working in your garden.

JoyceAnn said...

Hi Carol ~ Your flowers look beautiful. I was telling my Mom the other that I thought that the flowers and trees were the most beautiful I'd ever seen them. My tulip tree was absolutely gorgeous this year , it usually blooms and the frost kills it that night or the next , but it's been in bloom for over a week now.
Sounds like your girls are laying wonderfully , mine have slowed down for some reason. I've got 3 eggs each day for the last 3 days and I've got 9 hens now , not good.
The neti pot always works wonders for me , hope it helps you.

~ Healing Blessings ~

Carol............. said...

Am looking soooo forward to going back to Washington State. Your pictures show what I'll be returning to.....and away from Arizona's cactus and rocks! LOL

xinex said...

I love looking at the blooms, Carol. We have the same ones blooming except I do not have any forsythias. I should buy some cause I really like the flowers. I want to start planning for the MS Southern Belles get together and I would like to host it in Natchez. Would you be interested in coming here? I am thinking of maybe June 5 or 12th. Please give me any suggestions. Thanks....Christine

NitWit1 said...

I use a manual version of the NetiPot which is saline irrigation with an old nose dropper, a rare find these days.

We are currently in NC and spring is ahead of Arkansas. Bradford pears, redbuds, pansies you name it-- it is here in full bloom.

After paying our respects and helpng husbands' sister with some of hard tasks of after a funeral, we plan to rid the railroad train in the Smokies. I can't decide ifI am going to sit in the cheaper open flatbed converted benches to get better photos, or pay more for comfort inside. The railroad is offering for more money of course, several versions of coach and suites.

Husband gets a discount for being a veteran so I know he doesn't want to sit in the cold open air of the Smokies in the early spring!!!

Eleanor said...

I would love to be able to gather freshly laid eggs. I am so pleased it is spring at last in your world. Great to be on the Porch again!

Arkansas Patti said...

How on earth did I miss your chicken post. Love chickens.
Late to the table as usual.
I admire your use of a neti pot. I need to but haven't put away my fears of drowning yet.

Deb Shucka said...

So glad you're finally feeling better. Love your chicken story - always my favorite. I'm envious of your warm weather, but it's nice to know what we have to look forward to.

I_am_Tulsa said...

thank you so much for the neti pot advice! and I will try that honey and cinnamon too!
yes, we shall win this battle!!!

jeannette said...

A lot going on at your place, with the animals...it's Spring at your house!...I love forsythia!
If you're looking for you profile pic with your comment, you're one of the 4 I lost, but I did manage to read that you had 20 vintage hats??? Wow, I like to see them sometime:)
Happy Easter, Carol!

merrilymarylee said...

Gosh, CArol, I hope you're better now! Did you dye some of those eggs?

Happy Easter!

RNSANE said...

It looks like things are going well in your household ( other than your horrible bout with the crud you've contracted ). I love all the wonderful flowers that are cropping up - definitely, winter is over!

What a laugh, a dog that is herding the chickens. Poor thing, he needs some little lambs to care for.

Well, if those eggs hatch, pretty soon you'll have a dozen eggs a day!

Trixie Goforth said...

About the dreams (if I'm on the right post) I got this article from a thread I'm on. I haven't read it yet, just passing it on for what it's worth!

http://neuroskeptic.blogspot.com/2010/04/why-do-we-dream.html

Morning's Minion said...

I really enjoyed the tour of your yard and all the things in bloom. Looking at the photo of your peach tree in blossom I'm wondering if one of the trees in our new place is also a peach. I've been labeling it an apple tree, but with suspicion as the blooms are a deep pink--I think I could call the color "cerise."
Your Max reminds me of our late Border Collie who could let no small creature go unherded.
Hope you're feeling better--such a drag to be ill when we want to be outdoors and busy.