Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Late Summer Catch-up and a New Relic

Today I picked through my camera’s memory card to try and recall a few things from this Summer. It’s gone by so fast! All I will say is it’s been a very eventful Spring-Summer 2013.
Some good, some bad. Some happy, some sad. That is life, as everyone knows.
And I have blogged so little…
For sure, there will be some randomness thrown in.

I couldn’t leave this one out. This Red-Bellied Woodpecker crashed into a window in early June. He was rescued and safely put into the little chicken coop (aka hospital) for a few hours until he could fly again. He could have nailed me with that long beak, but he was very polite and (I believe) appreciative for the save from a certain death by barn kitties. He took a strong flight out of my hands into the woods.

We’ve attended a few Square Dances over the past few months. What better way to spend a Saturday night?
Of course, the Fiddler is an active participant. The Blacksmith and I just enjoy listening to the music.. maybe we’ll join in with the dancers soon.

I adore this accordion. This gal is my hero – what a phenomenal musician!
For a short while this summer, I thought I needed one like this. But, I decided on a different instrument (more on that below).
My coordination couldn’t have handled this anyway!

Most of June and July was gorgeous – with pleasant temps and plentiful rain. The grass was nice and lush.
{If you look closely, you’ll see our bent windmill.. so sad.. but fixable when we get around to it. We think it was straight line winds}

August hasn’t been so kind. We’ve had hot temps and dry weather the past couple of weeks with no end (or rain) in sight. So, we water.. and water, trying to keep things alive.
Our new garden plot, complete with “Olivia Walton,” the scarecrow.. has done pretty well – all things considered. I have SO enjoyed our sunflowers this year! And so have the birds and bees.

late summer collage 2013

We’ve gone on a few road trips. One was to pick up my old Relic. Had to admire this owl sign along the way.

Can you guess what old Relic is on our trailer?



A gorgeous antique Pump Organ! I hope to do a video or audio soon to share.
It works pretty well, but needs a few minor repairs. I love the old-timey sound of a pump organ. Bonus – you get a workout in too!
She is a beauty, huh? (Photo courtesy of the Seller.. I need to take some of her in her new home).
Crown


Back out to the heat we go to check on critters. We’ll see you soon!

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16 comments:

KathyB. said...

Oh what a beauty of a relic ! And getting music while you work out, even better.

I like the way you summarized a bit of your summer. The pictures of your place are stunning. You are blessed. ( love Olivia too )

TexWisGirl said...

glad you've had a pretty good summer! :)

Thistle Cove Farm said...

What a lovely pump organ; will have to make a special trip to town so I can hear you play. I'm one who thinks the bird appreciated the help; I live close to nature and they know more than we'd ever guess.

Patty Sumner said...

I have missed your beautiful pics and birds....Summer has flown by. We had great weather here too. I wouldd love to attend a Saturday night barn dance. what fun!!! The organ is beautiful....your pics are fantastic. Have a great week. Blessings!

Blondee said...

Looks like a gorgeous summer there, from the sweetness of life in your hands with the woodpecker, to the beautiful windmill leaning to admire the sun. Lovely.

Oz Girl said...

Wow what a great post... love that photo collage, everything is so over-the-top beautiful on your property! And me-thinks the woodpecker appreciated your help - he sure is pretty and I'm glad you saved him from the kittehs. (I try to save as many birds as I can from our kittehs too!)

Personally, and this is just my OPINION... I think you need to join up for a dance some Saturday night. I mean, wouldn't it make for a great blog post?! :-D

And just so so you don't feel alone, we are having a very dry and hot August also - had to drag out the hose for the garden the other day, and I noticed today I need to do it again. So tomorrow morning I will drag it out again!

Love your "new" vintage organ and can't wait to see your next blog post giving us more juicy details!

Cheryl @ TFD said...

Pretty photos! The pump organ is a beauty and I hope we get to hear you playing it.

I'm so glad the little Red-bellied WP was saved and will be able to enjoy another summer!

Enjoy the rest of the week/month! And stay cool in this MO heat.

Windy Meadows Farm said...

Looks like a lovely summer...from the sweet scarecrow to the simple beauty of flowers in a galvanized pail. Oh, and the organ...how fun to find a treasure like that! Enjoy it!

Pix Under the Oaks said...

Good Morning Tammy! Olivia Walton scarecrow.. :) 66 degrees in our bit of Missouri right now and at least there is the promise of a cold front! Love the organ!

Think RAIN!!

Nice to see you Tammy! Enjoy your Thursday at Flat Creek!!!!

edenhills said...

It does sound like it's been interesting. Hope you get a break in the heat. We've been very dry here, and it's horribly hot now too.

Sue said...

Great photos of a great summer, the pump organ photo reminds me of the one my girlfriend had and oh the fun we would have playing it. Thanks for sharing.

Willow said...

Beautiful shares love the accordion !

Debbie said...

So glad you found that beautiful relic. I enjoyed all your pictures and projects, especially Ms. Scarecrow.
Debbie

Denise at Autumn Sky said...

What a terrific photo of the little woodpecker. I guess he was too young to consider you a threat. The accordion made me smile because my mom had one when we were kids. Ours was black and white....I love the colors on this one you show.

Gert said...

I just found your blog...love this post! I wondered how you got so close to that woodpecker! Great shot..and bless you for saving him!! Music...who doesn't love it! I'm sure by now you're playing that "cool" organ! Your yard is so pretty...sorry about your windmill...but as you said it is fixable. Oh, my guess under cover...I'm thinking it might be either a walker or wheelchair!

Nice to meet you!
Gert

Rural Revival said...

Quickest summer.ever. But my how pretty yours was! : )

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