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Tuesday, September 24, 2013

A Quiet Day Up On Bishfarm....

I've written in the past how our farm got its name....  and even though we no longer raise goats, guineas, chickens...  or even put in a garden...  it's still Bishfarm to me.

When we have our annual visits "home", Bill still gets out his trusty John Deere...
Today he used the bucket to knock off the top of the hump down the driveway.  He  has plans to put in a separate electric meter for our motorhome use when we're here.  Right now we plug into the renters electric and give them a nice check when we leave.  Bill will dig a trench (see the backhoe on the rear of the tractor?) and lay a conduit to string an electric wire from the meter box to our rig.  Future plans...  no completion date planned.

Poison Ivy has emerged in various spots since we left nearly 13 years ago...  there's some herbicide on the market that does get rid of it.  We were an organic farm back then...  it's just not practical these days to maintain those standards with our current lifestyle.  Oh well...  we can still support the organic mode by buying our fruits and veggies when possible.

I put out 2 bird feeders....

Have had several "takers" so far.  This Tufted titmouse is one.
Chickadees, Goldfinch and White-breasted Nuthatch are others.  Non seed eaters I've seen are the Eastern Phoebe and the Cedar Waxwings.  I've seen (and heard) the Bluejays and Cardinals, but haven't seen either at the feeders yet.

Our daughter and son-in-law (live about 90 miles north of NYC) are coming this weekend.  I'm trying to arrange a get-together for them, us, my brother and sister (who both live here) and their families (who live in various Ohio towns) for this weekend.  Our phone service out here is the pits....  even with the amplifier it can be a challenge.  My son's phone died while I was talking to him...  all in all, it's quite an endeavor to try to get about 20-25 people together on such short notice.  No matter...  whatever happens will be great.

So... it's a quiet day...  kind of feel like I could be in Lake Wobegon....  heck...  many of the personalities here could rival those Minnosotan folks!  

Oh... wait a minute...

The Chicorys blooming!  You don't find this wildflower (weed to many of you) in the west, so I look forward to seeing it when I'm in Ohio.  If I remember, I'll try to find some Queen Anne's Lace and showcase that tomorrow.....  that and chicory are, to me, the epitome of summer wildflowers in Ohio.

That's All for Today!

11 comments:

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  2. Wow, nice trector with both a back-hoe and four wheel drive!! My old Farmall 200 is not running any more and may never be again. I now just cut what my little John Deere will cut and let the rest grow for the wild life to enjoy

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  3. Maybe you can use Facebook to send private messages to everyone for the get-together.

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  4. I hadn't thought of chicory and Queen Ann's Lace as quintessential Ohioans, but now that you mention it, I can't think of states where I have seen both at once. But they're right out in our front ditch.

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  5. Queen Anne's Lace is one of my favorites.

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  6. Love the birds on the feeder!

    Good luck with your plans!

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  7. Your husband is so handy! And I hope you really enjoy your family get together - I bet you're excited!

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  8. Hope you have a wonderful family get together. Nothing like family times. Is that chicory like they use as a coffee substitute?

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  9. Ah, "where the women are strong and all the men are good-looking."

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  10. I love both chickory and Queen Anne's Lace - they are at their best in August here in Ontario. I love quiet days puttering around on the farm!

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  11. Sharon,
    What's the stuff he ruin coffee with in LUZANNA??? I thought that was chicory or 'mud-plant'...

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