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June 26, 2012

Summer Has Arrived

With it all the color and green that the warm weather and rain brings.  We have only been back at the ranch for 2 months yet seems like so much longer. 

When we returned the weather was still very cold and continued to get frosts right up until middle of June so I went to work in the greenhouse.  Starting seeds and preparing my flower pots that are now on my deck.

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Once I could start work in the garden I began moving half my rhubarb and raspberries to a new bed.  I am taking a bit of a gardening break this year to work on some of the beds so only planted half the beds this year.  I will soon be ripping out the entire strawberry bed as wild variety has taken over and the old variety never did well.   

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When we arrived home Momma deer was here to greet us along with her twins from last year.  She stayed around in the yard till around the 1st of June when I know it was time for her to have a new baby.  I haven’t seen her since.

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Well it hasn’t been all work and no play.  We went on 2 camping trips to our favourite lake.  Where the scenes of the lake are always breathtaking.

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Often enjoyed dinner while watching the sunset.

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I did a bit of hiking and finally took up fishing as well.  No I didn’t catch anything.  I spent most the 3 days reading how to do my fly fishing lines and practicing casting on land as well as preparing my tackle.  I should fish from the canoe, but my back can’t take sitting in it.  I am thinking of getting one of those belly boats to float around in and fly fish.

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I always enjoy those moments as
I gaze out over the lake.

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Well hubby left me for 3 weeks and made a trip to Germany to visit family and friends.  Someone has to stay home and take care of the animals so my vacation was spent at home.  No cooking or cleaning so yes it was a vacation.  I did have all the yard work and lots of other projects to keep me busy.  But alone here for most of the 3 weeks has been heaven.  I had a group of old school girl friends come for a visit the 1st weekend.  What a hoot that weekend was.  Some I hadn’t  seen more then 2 times in the last 30 something years.  Didn’t take long for us all to bond again.

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Also kept busy raising a dozen meat chicks for our freezer.  They will be ready to butcher in a couple weeks.

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The robins have been nesting all over and Wildflower is so happy again to be able to go outside.

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The weather has not been so good the last 3 weeks.  Many storms would come in and then just dump the rain.

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But with the rain and then the sun the signs that
summer has arrived are now here to enjoy.

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So work hard and play hard
and have a
Good Morning…   Good Afternoon…   Good Night…
What ever it is to you.

Photos & Words
Here I Am/Carrie


Jenny Schouten Short said...

Beautiful post, Carrie. I would love to see that part of the world sometime. xo Jenny

TexWisGirl said...

such gorgeousness around you. love the lake scenes. and a very happy 3 week break for you!!! :)

Michiko Johnson said...

What is your lovely time for to back your home time in your love hubby back now.
The old home stead with your vegetable garden..
I hope a bit of you had the sunset will be love very much fly fish coming to you...
You has a group of old school girl they come for visit the 1 st weekend.
Your robins are happy life too..
Please take care Carrie!!

GreatGranny said...

Been looking forward to this post. Glad you're back in all that beauty. How sweet to have deer to greet you.Sweet photo of Wildflower. I loved fishing with my hubby.

Rick said...

Awesome photos, Carrie ! My fave was the one of the canoe & reflection !

Good luck with the fly fishing. You can send some rain this way - our dug well (not used for drinking water) is down to about half full (glad we're not pioneers). It's been hot and dry here.

Have a great week.

Connie said...

Carrie, it's beautiful in your corner of the world! It is definitely summer here, too. Although, not lush and green like there, as we're needing rain. We're in a moderate drought area, so things look pretty sad.

Lisa Gordon said...

Oh my goodness, this looks like a wonderful place to be Carrie. I just love deer, and because of the mild winter we had, we have many this season, so I am thrilled.

This is a wonderful series of photographs!
Happy day to you, my friend.

Heidi said...

Hi Carrie,
Beautiful posting. Your pics are amazing...Heidi

Kerrie said...

Dear Carrie,

I always feel like I've been on holiday each time I visit here.

I'm sure the flower pots will be blooming in no time. They look great on the deck, and the lawn looks so green. Really nice!

I love that photo of you in the garden with hose. Makes me smile bunches.

Ah, rhubarb, now that's something that takes me back to my childhood. We often ate rhubarb and custard for desert. It's been so long since I've seen it in the supermarket. Care to share any good recipes with me? Master Jaiden hasn't tried rhubarb as of yet. He's such a finicky eater.

Although you're planting less this year, I pray you will still get a lot of good crops from the fruit and vegetables you do plant this year.

I love how the mother deer and her twins greeted you when you arrived back. Very heart-warming. Will the twins leave her, once she has another baby?

Fishing is one of my favourite hobbies as well. I've watched TV fishing programs about fly fishing, but I am yet to try it. Well it does sound like you have a lovely time camping, hiking, fishing and enjoying the wonderful things in nature.

Oh, and that's very cool that you got to meet up with friends from school.

I adore the colour of those Robin's eggs. Not long and I guess you'll have a few more friends to join you on the ranch soon. And Wildflower looks heather than ever!

It's been good to catch up here. Wishing you happiness and plenty of Summer fun!

With love and care from Kerrie. xOx

Leovi said...

Wonderful landscape with beautiful colors. Beautiful photos. If I lived in paradise in which you live would surely be less time at the computer. Greetings.

Michiko Johnson said...

You are rely start work in the garden in every things for back to you are way all year again..
I love your going to busy for more time before getting cold weather ..
Maybe you are going to most away bond again left have you dump the rain.

Summer photographs is wonder with time for you....
Please take care Carrie!

ioan moldovan said...

Hi Carrie, I'm glad we meet again! You are beautiful photos as usual!
Many greetings from Romania!

Arlene said...

What a beautiful spot you live in I am so jealous , spitting like a cat, No I jest, but a tiny bit of envy wouldn't be a lie, Enjoy XX

GreatGranny said...

Back again....Hoping you're doing OK and hoping you're lovely flowers and garden are getting plenty of rain.

RedWillow ~ a Beauty seeker said...

I always always smile each time I come. I adore what you capture and share. Gorgeous . Gorgeous

Daniel Casares Román said...

qué lugar tan idílico!! me encanta!!!

Un abrazo amiga!

Jana said...

love your big vegetable garden! And the photos of the lake, the reflection on the water, very nice and calming. I also love th ephoto of your husband fishing in the canoe. there is something very calming in photos of fishermen. My husband loves to fish and took some photos of him and it brings the calmness. I think that's why people fish anyway in first place. :)
the chickens, do you killed them yourselves? I grew up like that. my dad would raise chickens for eggs and meet and then kill them. But i always was sorry for the chickens, rabbits and pigs. But I guess somebody has to do it and at least you know what they were fed then when you buy meat from store.