Saturday, July 3, 2010

The Holiday Weekend

Hope everyone is enjoying the holiday weekend. Happy Independence Day!

Here are just a few things that have been happening around here.

We vaccinated and banded calves this morning. Then Mr. W hopped on the tractor, raked the two fields nearest our house. When that was complete, he hopped on the other tractor and finished up the baling there as well. And then he had to go to work for 8 hours. Impressive, huh? Something tells me he’s gonna be one tired fella after this day is complete.IMG_0966

An update on our 2010 Purple Martins…

I am happy to announce we have had two families of Purple Martins in our martin house in the front yard this year. I’ve waited a long time for this. The yard and surrounding areas are filled with their beautiful music morning and night. Love it! Here are a couple of shots from last weekend… the young ‘uns learning how to fly.

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A quick mosaic of a few of the blooms we have here now, our resident tree frog on the front porch (sorry, Patti), and a hummingbird nest I found today while blackberry picking.

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Here’s a better look at that hummingbird nest. It’s empty now, but oh the intricate weaving the tiny birds did on this. I’ve wanted to find a hummingbird nest for many years… so this was monumental for me ;) Not being picky, but next time it would be super cool to see eggs or babies…

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We plan to attend my hometown fireworks celebration tomorrow night -- small town… short and sweet fireworks display.  We’ll visit with family and friends while we’re there. What are your plans this holiday weekend? A Happy and Safe 4th to you and yours!

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32 comments:

Snappy Di said...

I too would find it monumental to find a humming birds' nest! Have a happy, fun and safe 4th!

Di

Heather's Blog-o-rama said...

I love lokoing at photos of life on a farm....simply beautiful!!! Oh thanks for putting a link to my blog on your sidebar.I noticed that just now :) :) :) So cool!!! Your chickens have the best chicken coop ever...and the Purple Marlins have the cutest bird house I've ever seen :) :) :) Near where I live there are quite a few "starlings"...I think that's what they're called and scrub jays...look like blue jays...but their bellies are little different color...back to the starlings...when you catch them at the right time of day...it's like watching the bird version of the aurora borealis...amazing. My dad and I will try and catch some fireworks here in town!!! I have a special function on my camera just for nighttime fireworks...so I want to go try it out :) :) Have a great day tomorrow. Happy 4th of July!!!! Love and hugs, Heather :)

Osage Bluff Quilter said...

Hey fine looking tractor man you have there!
It's okay on the frog, I closed my eyes when I got to that picture.
You are one lucky person, we have never found a hummingbird nest.
Enjoy the rest of the weekend.

A Brit in Tennessee said...

Wow, he's a worker your farmer, I hope he's not too wore out to enjoy all the Fourth of July celebrations :)
Awesome pictures of the birds, and the Hummingbird nest, we had a few Purple Martins this year, but not many.
Happy 4th of July !

from my front porch... said...

Hi Tammy! Oh, how I wish I could find a hum nest!
Your pictures of it just thrilled me! Next year, we put you in charge of finding one with the tiny eggs in it!
Yep, your hubby is going to be one tired man! I know how J is after haying. he says he can still feel the tractor seat on his bum in his sleep :)

Don't forget about the Ruby and Gracie post. They have fans who are waiting....Just love 'em!
Have a wonderful and safe 4th!
xo, misha

morningbrayfarm.com said...

Wonderful pictures Tammi! Congrats on your Purple Martins... Woot-Woot! :) Have a wonderful 4th!!!

morningbrayfarm.com said...

Dang it. I think I wrote Tammi instead of Tammy. :( Sorry. :) Happy 4th!!!

GardenofDaisies said...

What wonderful things on your farm... families of purple martins, sweet little tree frogs, hummingbirds building nests, flowers of every color in bloom.... and a family that works together to make their farm the most wonderful place on earth to live. Happy 4th of July to you my friend!

Amy @ Homestead Revival said...

What a lovely photo of the hummingbird nest! So glad you were finally blessed with the purple martins. Life's simple pleasures really are the best, are they not?

After church tomorrow, we will walk through the booths set up down by the local lake, see a small civil war re-enactment group, head to some friends for an early dinner and games, and then rush to town to see the fireworks and drink coffee (it gets cool here in the p.m.)
Enjoy a wonderful July 4th!

Debbie said...

Whew! Yall are busy! Good photos. I've never seen a hummingbird nest; I've barely seen the hummingbirds. I've often thought that their little babies must be 'little' indeed:) Happy 4th!!!

Carrie of Farming On Faith said...

My Friend~
Happy 4th of July.
May God Bless Us All!
Blessings From Missouri~
Carrie

Manuela@TPOH said...

My Goodness! I'm surprised he had the energy to go to work after all that work. I know I'd be tire at the end of that day!

I love your photos of the birds and nest! I've never seen a hummingbird nest! It would be fun to find one with eggs or babies!

Have a wonderful 4th!

Manuela

Jenny said...

Happy 4th of July to you and yours as well!!

I hope it turns out to be a fun, exciting and safe one!!

I love those photos - they are really cool!

OREO said...

Happy 4th of July!!!

The Urban Cowboy said...

Congrats on your Purple Martins and Hummingbird coming to roost, that's awesome.

Have a wonderful fourth of July Tammi!

Q said...

The Hummingbird nest is very wonderful....you and your hubby are workers! Enjoy the break and some 4th of July relaxation.
Sherry

Cheryl said...

Wow purple martins, I'm happy for you! I have one hummer, so cool to see a nest.
I love the tractor photo...a real country picture, not seen in my neck of the woods. Happy 4th, hope you have a great time!

Feral Female said...

How cool you found a hummmingbirds nest! I`ve been looking for one for years!

Down On The Farm said...

Hope your weekend has been perfect. We enjoyed hometown fireworks last night, and shot off some of our own tonight. God Bless America!

Dandy said...

I've been MIA and just look at your fantastic blog! Love looking at your pictures... it's always like taking vacation. Of course, thats because I've not working at the farm and then working another 8 hours. I might just die.

Terra said...

yes that man was likely a bit warn out but the anticipation of relaxing with friends and watching the fireworks had to help keep him going!

Missouri Gal Nicole said...

Your John Deer looks older than our Alice Chalmers. And Alice is sitting the field....not moving! UGH! But hey those are some great pics!!!

Rural Rambler said...

Tammy there are so many good and fun things in this post I don't know where to start! I hope you had a great 4th, I am a little late getting around to the blogs :( Everyone around us is cutting and it must be really special for you to look out and see your Hubby gettin it done so you will have hay for the winter. I have never found a hummer's nest, that is cool too. Congratulations on the Purple Martins and getting to watch the babies fledge! Always, always love your mosaics and we just found blackberries we didn't know we had :) Now if we could just get rid of the humidity!

Elle Bee said...

I love the berries peeking out in the humming bird nest photo. Hope you had a great 4th!

Walking on Sunshine... said...

Great pictures! I love the bird's nest.

A few weeks ago some birds were trying to build a nest in our grill. It was NOT a pretty sight and very annoying! I'm sending the birds down to you!

Diana said...

Hope you had a great weekend!

Rural Revival said...

Tammy, I just love your Purple Martin house, very chic! : )

The intricacy of the hummingbird nest is amazing. We've spotted a few zipping around the yard so we put up a feeder but no signs of nests.

After hearing about Mr W's day I'll have to tell the Artist he isn't working hard enough! Ha!

I hope you had a wonderful holiday weeekend and I love your header photo. I'm quite jealous that you guys have the red, white AND blue...red and white is a little boring in comparison! : )

~Andrea~

Prim Rose Hill ©2008-2010 said...

Hope you had a good 4th of July weekend! How's Gracie and Ruby?

Hugs,
Sheri :)

McVal said...

I'll be the purple martins sound beautiful! Good luck with the hummingbird nest. I hope some move in soon.

Deanna said...

Those purple martins are seriously beautiful. They have always fascinated me and yet I cannot seem to entice them to our spot of paradise.

Mr. definitely put in a full day. Hope you pampered him a bit at the end of the day.

I'll have to admit I'd never given a humming bird nest a thought. We have many of them and it never occurred to me to wonder where they went when they weren't buzzing the feeders. What a duh moment!

Later!

Deanna

Kilauea Poetry said...

Wow..missed this..I know exactly what you mean about a mattress! Animals have to be considered (lol).
Well I'm really happy about the Purple Martins around your farm! How exciting Tammy.. really nice photos- in addition to your mosaic! Love the H.Bird nest (how lucky) and the little frog in the middle). Your header is super! Hope you had a wonderful Independence day!

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