Monday, August 11, 2008

Shades of Yellow (and Green)

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Right now, the pale lemony-yellow color of this sunflower in the garden is so refreshing!

The other color going on at Serenity Farms is green...or lack of it. We have been very dry in mid-Michigan this summer, while at my parents farm just 75 miles south things are a bit brighter. Here are two photos for "lawn comparison":

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These are the grandsons playing with water buckets in my yard...yes, that brown stuff they are standing on is lawn, not dirt! (By the way, my pastures are just as brown as the lawn, except for the occasional spot of green where the bull thistle succeeds in thriving!) Compare that to Elliot posing at Great-Grandma's just a few days earlier:

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It looks like he is standing on a green carpet!

Still, we got some nice second cutting hay in the barn (with no danger of being rained on, thank you very much - LOL!) Yield was down, but I am grateful for all I have and also grateful that I insisted on putting more first cutting in the barn than anyone thought I needed! And this weekend, a little bit of showers that actually amounted to measurable rain.

Just to let you know how "high-tech" things are here at Grandma and Papa's house...the boys played for at least an hour with those water buckets. We "polished stones" (don't tell that we were just getting them wet to reveal their beauty!) We watered flowers. We "made" puddles on the path. We "planted" pine cones (after first getting them thoroughly soaked in the water) When we got tired we sat on the blanket and drank lemonade (for boys) and coffee (for grandma and mom) All of this with no elaborate pool set up. When I was a little girl, our pool was either the creek, the river or the stock tank full of clean and numbingly cold water! Squishing tomato worms is another fun entertainment in summer that requires no special electronics or equipment.

WaterBoys

These are the joys of summer...oh, and notice little Elliot's high fashion (grin) It is his favorite way of dressing at twenty months. It is either pants with no shirt or shirt with no pants. And he would prefer barefoot, but mama put the shoes on him today.

I'll close with another yellow from the garden right now, the daylilies. This is a new one for my garden and is called "Kindly Light" (I even love the name!) The daylily catalog says it was hybridized in 1949 ~ how come I have never seen this beauty before?!? It is tall and elegant and glows in the garden at just the right time of year. It is also slightly fragrant and a real delight.

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4 comments:

Carissa said...

I LOVE that sunflower! I can hardly believe how big the boys are getting, especially Elliot! My kids love to play outside too, unfortunately we have a ton of bugs, and the munchkins make good bait! :( They have a kiddie pool, but spend a lot of time watering my herbs and just running around. Glad you got plenty of hay!

KnitNana said...

Lovely photos, Cary!
(((hugs)))

Heather said...

Too bad about the dry grass and pasture - makes for grumpy sheep :o). Our pastures are starting to turn now that it is August and the sheep are running around looking for any fresh green bits. Makes for some creative shepherding at times! Blessings Cary.

Jim and Lynn said...

Just passing through as I do when I am the only one awake and no one is calling my name. I love seeing the grandbabies- they are such joys from Heaven- a reward - a wonderful time. Thank you for sharing- those squishy- muddy toes!! Next time- polish a stone for Jarron and me as well.
Love you and miss you
Lynn