Blue skies, smiling at me

I think we've set a record, two days of blue skies in a row.  Rumor has it (or was that the weatherman??) that the blue skies should hold until Friday.  Maybe the struggling veggie garden can take advantage of this break in the clouds and rain.  I know my lilac is loving the sun.  It smells fantastic.  Nothing like a lilac in the spring.

The fields around us are buzzing with farming activity.  In fact, as I write this a huge, slow moving tractor is cultivating (?) our field for potato planting.  I hope he's done by dark.... I'm not one to sleep to the sound of a tractor outside my window.  But I guess everyone is in a hurry to take advantage of the fair weather.... and I do live on a farm.

As I was walking the yard and gardens, I noticed this little beauty popping up out of the weeds at the end of the chicken coop.

And I'm sure you don't know what this is... glowing orange and rust in the sun.

Why it's the walnut tree... the HUGE tree that is a fixture in front of our barn.  It graces us with a large shady spot for the summer and of course, walnuts in the fall.

The Black Lace Elderberry or Sambucus nigra is beautiful against the sky and field.  In the fall you can harvest the berries for jam or even homemade wine.

We've been blessed with lots and lots of hummingbirds this year.  I finally captured one with my camera.  This window is where I sit and write my posts... right now the hummingbirds flit back and forth from feeder to feeder and back to line up on the old electrical wire that goes from the house to the garage.  We've really been going through the food for them this yea

A surprise Lupine.  This seed traveled pretty far.  My Lupines are planted at the end of the driveway!

Colors beginning to show everywhere.

A new calibrochia named Blackberry Lemonade.  With the dark purple, pink and the yellow center the name kind of fits.

Thanks for joining me on an evening trip around Red Gate Farm.  And maybe, as the evening approaches you may wish to join me here....

or here... I have no blackberry lemonade or elderberry wine to offer you...

but we'll have a front row seat... of the sun going down, while my husband mows his lawn with that big beast of a mower.
Savoring every minute of our clear, blue sky...

Linking up


  1. Beautiful shots. I wish we had some hummingbirds. I put out a feeder but perhaps its too late for us here in the south.

  2. Your pictures are beautiful! I'm jealous you are getting sunny skies, we are stuck with rain and clouds here in California.

  3. Such wonderful photos and I love living my farm life vicariously through you!

  4. Thanks for your really is in the eye of the beholder isn't it? It is always there, we just have to open our eyes and see it. Love all your beauty there..and I love to watch the lawn being mowed! :D

  5. I enjoyed every photo. So welcoming, so beautiful!

  6. I love all your beautiful photos especially the first shot, it's superb!


  7. What a lovely tour of your farm. I love the way you take pleasure in all the plants and the beautiful weather.
    Best Carolyn
    From a coastal blog in Sydney Australia

  8. Beautiful! Simple beautiful...I love your Humming birds and yes, the lupine is a favorite flower of mine and it's nice to see a surprise growing now and then. Lets us know who is really in charge! Enjoy your day..I'll be back to visit soon as I'm now following!

  9. I enjoyed the walk around the farm. Thanks for bringing the sunshine with your positive words on your last post..Have a beautiful day.

  10. What a lovely day on the farm...Thank you for letting us visit.

    It amazes me the difference between farming in the north and the south...We are expecting the melon pickers to start in the fields behind our house this weekend, and here there you are just starting to dig the dirt.

    I hope the rumors are true and the blue sky hangs around for the weekend.

    Blessings Kelsie

  11. I really loved seeing the pictures of your sunny farm. I think they'll hold me over until we get some sun of our own.
    I'm purely jealous of your walnut tree! I wish someone had planted one here a few decades ago. I"ll have to plant one now!

  12. What a beautiful place you have. Pretty lawn. Its the best time of year. The columbine is so pretty.

  13. IT looks awful quite out there.

    I would be lonesome. Heck I am lonesome living in town sometimes.

    anyway it is beautiful and I love your dog he looks comfortable out in the sunny weather

    I know all about the rain out there , I have family in Portland Oregon and they tell me nothing but rain but same here in Missouri. It's raining today

    just stopped by to say hi

  14. Your blue skies are amazing! I love all of your pictures - makes me want to walk where you are and just take it all in! Thanks for sharing, Paula in IDaho

  15. Enjoyed your farm. Our Lilac tree has come and gone here in TN. It amazes me when I pop in and out of garden post, how diverse the stages of everyone's gardens are.

  16. Yes...I am savoring the blue skies and sunshine today too! Will it last?

  17. Hello! This is my first visit to your blog. I saw your link at Cottage Flora Thursday. I am now following. My husband has a big beast of a mower, too!

  18. Savor every minute in your farm paradise!

  19. Thinking a road trip might be in order to come visit your lovely garden! ha ha - everything always looks gorgeous! Thanks so much for linking up to Cottage Flora Thursday's xoox, tracie


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