Thursday, April 14, 2016

Hues of Green

It has been quite joyous around here the last few days, because spring certainly seems to have arrived!  Last week we had lovely sunshine weather with highs in the 70s, and this week it has been cooler and raining.  The rain is just perfect for the leaves that are budding out, and I saw two pairs of robins in my yard too!  So, I do believe it is safe to say spring is here!


We haven't had time to plant grass yet this year because of the beetle issue we had, and we are still having to take out many trees.  We want to wait until the trees are all down and the brush burnt before we plant grass.  But... I am so thankful to see bits of green poking their heads up all over the yard, even if they are weeds, lol!


Miss Eleanor loves my camera.  She comes running right to me as soon as she sees me outside with it.  Who could blame such a pretty girl for wanting to get her picture taken!


The chickens are happy to see so much green everywhere too!


Martha does not care for the camera. I can never get her to look at me.  She is rather shy, and stays very busy.  I think Martha is a good name for her.  :)


Mr. Rudy found something of interest and Eleanor rushed over to see what it was after she heard his happy chortles.  He stepped back and let her have it.  He is quite the gentleman to his ladies!


As you can see, we still have trees down all over our yard because of the beetle invasion.  No sense planting grass yet, although I want to quite badly.  We still have a lot of work to do.  It will get done... eventually!


In the coop... the seven little ones are growing!  They are learning to fly and run around the coop quite happily now.  I was worried about integrating them with the larger hens so I took things slowly.  I let in two of my sweet hens - Momma Mia and Goldie.  They did not bother the little ones at all, and it was good for them to mingle.  For several days I would let the baby chicks out with several of the older hens in with them.  So far we have had no issues.  Now, I have opened the chicks' coop so that they can run freely about and the older hens just continue on with business as usual.  So thankful that this transition  is going well so far!


It is hard to believe how fast they grow!  They are almost 6 weeks old!  I expect that they will start laying eggs sometime in September.


My seedlings are doing great!  Here they are already starting to put on secondary leaves.


I found this happy pink ribbon on sale at Walmart for 0.50 for the spool.  It spruced up my old metal watering can.


I love my Welcome sign... soon we will see the shades of pink everywhere as our wild roses will bloom in May... can't wait!  For now... I am content to enjoy the hues of green everywhere.  :)


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  1. What a lovely post, sweet friend! So thankful spring has come to your world...the signs of life are so refreshing after a long, hard winter. I love your pink ribbon...it looks SO pretty on the watering can, and all of the photos were outstanding, as usual. :) You do such an amazing job and are so talented and gifted. It is a dear blessing that you share those gifts with us here and in so many other ways. May God bless and reward you abundantly!! Sending you much love and many blessings!

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    1. Thank you dear Cheryl, for your sweet words and visit... it is so exciting to see the signs of spring all around, and even if I have to add a bit of pink here and there, I know the wild rose season is coming when I shall have my fill of pink ... maybe :) Have a blessed day my dear friend!

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  2. Spring is looking beautiful at your place!

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    1. Thanks Lori... it is such a happy time of year for sure! :) I enjoyed seeing the pictures of your sweet chickens today too! I think they love spring as much as we do :)

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  3. I just love your chicken posts. They make me smile for no reason at all and there's nothing better than that! Your pink pops are pretty, too!

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    1. The next best thing to having chickens is seeing pictures of them... so maybe you need a chicken or two, Kim... {smiles} I'm glad for the smiles, they are a constant source of joy and entertainment for me too :) Have a lovely weekend!

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  4. Your chickens are so cute. We too need to burn but have too many trees in the way.

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    1. Oh yes, I do understand the problem with having trees in the way of burn piles, lol! Pine trees have a tremendous amount of brush with each tree, so our burn piles get very big quickly. Good luck with yours! Appreciate your visit here today :)

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  5. Your chickens are so cute. We too need to burn but have too many trees in the way.

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  6. Such happiness at your home! Love having sweet animals around...ours happen to be kitties! We are still waiting for Spring here :-(

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    1. Our animals certainly make our homes more precious to us... I enjoy all the happiness that our furballs and feathered friends bring to us :) Have a lovely weekend!

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  7. Thank you for the smiles, friend. Loveeeeeee the post. Many Blessings to you.

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    1. Thanks Linda... I'm glad for the smiles on your face... so happy to hear what your sweet hubby did for you.. so sweet! Have a lovely weekend!!!

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  8. Oh I just love chickens :-) ...

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    1. I do too! They are so entertaining! And full of personality too :) Have a lovely weekend! :)

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  9. I love all of your signs of Spring you've shared with us. It is finally starting to warm up here, too. I'm glad the chicks transitioned so well with the older hens. That is a relief for you, I'm sure.
    Enjoy your weekend!
    Debbie
    xo

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    1. Yes, that was a huge relief for me, because there are a few hens who can be quite cranky, however they all seem to be tolerating the little ones quite well. Hoping that spring comes soon to your part of the world... snow in April is definitely not fun to experience! Have a lovely weekend too! :)

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  10. Marilyn, such happy chicken pictures! And the chicks are getting so big. I so enjoyed your pictures today! I hope the beetle problem can be solved. {{HUGS}}

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    1. Thanks Gina, the chickens are always a great source of smiles and entertainment for sure! We still have a lot of work to do with the beetle-infested trees, as there are so many of them, and hard to get to them all. Slowly but surely! Have a blessed day :)

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  11. Lovely, I like what you did with your watering can. :-) It makes such a difference in something, I like that style of decorating. Taking what you have and creating. Fun.
    I will be on Spring Break next week, wishing you a great week and I will catch up soon.
    Carla

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    1. Hope you are having a wonderful spring break! The weather has been lovely here. Spring is such a fun time of year :)

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  12. I love all the pictures of your girls...they are so cute with their fluffy feathers. :) That beatle invasion has been so bad. I am seeing lots of trees down in this area that also need to be taken out before the infection spreads. I hope you do not lose too many trees to this.

    Have a great weekend!

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    1. We have lost about 100 trees if our count is correct. It is a tremendous amount of work that we didn't realize it would be. Hope you have been enjoying the lovely spring weather we have had here the last few days :)

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  13. We only have one chicken left here.
    They look healthy. Love your decoration too.

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    1. Oh, I'm sorry that you only have one chicken left, she must be lonely! Our girls and Mr. Rudy enjoy being able to free range, and it is nice with all the green grass coming up now too :) Have a lovely day Lux!

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  14. I love your girls. Miss Eleanor is quite funny with how she loves her picture being taken. Mr. Rudy does look like a true gentleman. Your old watering can looks fabulous with the bow, what a great price. It's so nice that Spring is here. I'm listening to the birds outside and loving it and our Peepers have finally started to sing. Enjoy your weekend!

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    1. Chickens definitely have their personalities, and it is so fun to watch them... Mr. Rudy is a gentleman with his ladies, but everyone else... not so much, lol! I do love my old watering can, the pink ribbon added a lovely touch of spring to it :) I am glad to hear that spring has finally arrived for you... we have been enjoying some beautiful weather here this week! :)

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  15. Your chickens have great names! It must be fun to know their different personalities and to call them by name. It is great to see the green grass poking through now. A lovely sunny day here but the wind is very cold. I need to find a sheltered sunny spot to stay warm.....with a jacket on. Enjoy! Blessings, Pam

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    1. Oh, I'm so glad to hear that the green grass is making an appearance for you! I know that just seeing that green makes one happy! Appreciate your visit as always Pam!

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  16. How pretty your watering can looks!

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    1. Oh thank you Elizabeth, it is a pretty spring touch outside my door that I love :) Appreciate your visit!

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  17. It is always a joy to see your chickens with all their funny personalities. My grandmother had chickens and dearly loved them each one unique in their own way she would say.
    Miss Eleanor is something else, why you can see how she just glows for her picture to be taken. She even tilts her head a bit. :-)
    Your watering can looks lovely sitting there all prettied up in pink and ready for use.
    Our 11 inches of snow yesterday hasn't slowed the wild life down any here. I did spread extra feed for them as a treat. :-)
    Our power went out due to the weight of the snow, but it was back on rather quickly.
    Spring weather is always interesting. We have learned to enjoy it all.

    The Lord bless you, Marilyn

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    1. Oh my goodness! 11 inches of snow... That is just so crazy, and I do hope that it melts for you very soon! We have been having lovely warm weather here, which is so nice. Isn't it fun to watch chickens and their personalities, so funny, each one of them! I enjoyed hearing about your grandmother's chickens, and so true that they are all unique! I do hope and pray that spring comes to your part of the world very soon! Much Love to you too, blessings and hugs dear Debbie!

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  19. Well when you're so pretty like Miss Eleanor and Martha, a camera can be your best friend! I would love to have a couple of hens, but we live in town and they are not permitted. I would name them Ethel and Lucy. Loved your pictures today...hope you have a great weekend.

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    1. Ethel and Lucy are great names... I might be tempted to name some of my new chickens those wonderful names :) Appreciate your visit Mary!

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  20. So sorry about the beetles on the pine trees. We have something going on with our state conifers...a fungus amongus I believe. It is sad to see so many trees dying and I can't imagine how it will be if it wipes them all out.

    Gosh, I selected a similar ribbon at Joann's the other day...smaller, but the same color and pattern. It looks cute on the watering can.

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    1. These tree infestations are so horrible. We had no idea how bad it was going to be. It just never seems to end. We are trying to take out the trees ourselves, but because the trees are damaged, it makes it more challenging.

      How funny that we both found the same ribbon! I really am enjoying the colors on my vintage watering can :)

      Hope you are doing well Vee, many hugs to you today!

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  21. Love your photos! I'm wondering if your rain has turned to snow; here in Colorado we got hit hard again. I'm thinking all the blossoms on the Pear Trees will be gone and I just hope my Tulips aren't damaged, just buds not blooms yet. I'm hoping that this is the very last snow storm we get, but one never knows in this crazy state~we can get them till mid May. Hope you have a great day!
    Hugs,
    Noreen

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    1. I saw that Colorado got hit terribly with the snow this past weekend, so crazy! I do hope that your buds and blooms are not damaged! Has the snow melted yet? We have been enjoying above normal temperatures here, which has been nice. Hope that spring comes soon for you!

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  22. Hi Marilyn! Things are really growing at your place! Between the chickens and the seedlings, life is throbbing and breaking through. What a blessing to see so much moving and alive!
    It's finally warm here today, and I'm hoping for a good week. My yard is a MESS from last fall. I have much to do to see the growth you see in my gardens!
    Blessings,
    Ceil

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    1. It is so much work in the spring, but it is a joy when the weather is nice. We have been outside much of this week working in the yard. Spring is a wonderful time of year! Hope that you are enjoying good weather :)

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  23. Pretty pictures! We too are enjoying the signs of Spring. Today we went on a walk and I found Mayflowers (Hepatica) - they are so pretty! Unfortunately I didn't have my camera with me. I am glad that your chicks are integrating well with your older ones. Our son, Aaron bought 3 chicks this year and we will work to integrate them with our bigger chickens before long.

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    1. It is a challenge to integrate the little ones with the bigger hens. I hope all continues to well. Sounds like you will have fun with your 3 new chicks too... we just love having chickens, they are so fun to watch out in the yard!

      I'm glad that you were able to enjoy a nice walk, and see some mayflowers, so wonderful to see the pretty flowers blooming!

      Have a wonderful week :)

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  24. Wow Mr Rudy is one gorgeous rooster!!! Things are greening up here too - my grass could use a mow already can you believe it!!

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    1. Mr. Rudy says thank you for the compliment... he is still strutting ever since he heard you say that.. lol! Mowing grass, oh my! That time of year already!

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  25. Is pink your favorite color? I don't like grass one bit- at least grass in the yard. So it's no surprise that I don't have any! I have been very thankful about that as it has made looking after my yard a whole lot easier. Your pictures are nice- they give an impression of peace and tranquility.

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    1. Grass is a lot of work, but I think I hate dust even more. I am thinking about planting clover...it is an organic alternative to grass, and a better natural ground cover, which doesn't need to be mowed, but looks green and lovely. I think my chickens would like it too. Thank you for your kind words about the pictures! :)

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  26. It's beginning to look like spring in your neck of the woods! Your chicks are adorable. I do miss my girls since moving to the beach. Fowl not allowed. :(

    Have a great week, Marilyn!

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  27. Wonderful signs of spring there even though you don't have grass yet. The beetle invasion does not sound fun at all. Loved your chicken photos. They are fun to watch. Your Pink Welcome banner is really pretty.

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