WOW…I can’t believe that today is the last day of 2014!! To say that this year has flown by would be quite the understatement. In summary, here are my top five posts of 2014 that, the stats tell me, you all have enjoyed the most….
1 That Certain Age
2 Morning Sunrise
3 Alien Invasion
4 Premature Chick Hatch
5 My Coyote Theory….
…followed closely by…..
6 Harvesting Walnuts
The top referring sites linked to this blog were: Facebook, and http://www.adairhomes.com … our awesome builders. The very beginnings of my writings here were all about the house-build in 2011, and it is amazing to me that I still get so many clicks from those early posts.
This morning, very early, people from….
….and throughout the year, readers from 94 different countries had clicked on my humble attempts to write, and somewhat, entertain those who would happen here. It amazes me!! A heart felt, “Thank you,” to all of you!!
I was thinking that we could take a walk through the forest today, through the year that has been 2014. I have greatly enjoyed your company, and hope to see you back on the farm in the coming year. There is much work to do in 2015…and hopefully, a few warm surprises along the way. Please enjoy this journey in pictures…..
Just ’cause your legs don’t work very well doesn’t mean you don’t deserve a shot at life!! Little Austin Healey got stronger and had a good life as a free range rooster.
Whooooaaa, I’m not going out ther!!!
Hey what’s that?? A little spinach hung from the ceiling helps break the cabin fever!
Claudio wondering, “What the heck is all that cold, white, icy stuff!”
Our neighbors horses…so gorgeous!!
We had a lot of snow in the winter of 2014.
IT’S A HUGE NEWT, OR SALAMANDER OR SOMETHING!!! And what’s that thing next to it??
We had our own alien invasion in the spring of 2014…..
Benedict checking out his progeny!
Beautiful Pear Trees
Penni watching over the youngest flock.
Jag….one of our Buff Orphington / Rhode Island Red mixed roosters…very handsome!
The Muppets and Chardonnay!
In late February the Elk returned for the first time in 2014.
We cut down trees to rebuild our wood pile…had this one little “Whooops” moment.
Sizing logs for splitting1
We need to build this stack as high as the highest log, and forward to the front of the pallets!
The Captain of this ship….the mighty Benedict!
Who laid the egg on the right???
We marveled at the difference in size of our hens’ eggs from day-to-day, and hen-to-hen.
Tito and Lilly
The two surviving Bernices.
Of the two orphaned wild turkey poults, one survived and escaped back into the wild….a little earlier than I had planned, but he could fly and was ready to go. There was a group of wild turkeys in the neighborhood that I am confident he joined.
And our garden did pretty well, although, was in need of more actual sun-time throughout the day. We’re thinking where to move it for next year.
Sugar snap peas…TODAY!
Beautiful Broccoli TODAY!
YES!!! That’s our Benedict
A beautiful sunset!
Tucker in the summer of 2012
In late July, we said goodbye to our dear, dear friend, Tucker. We miss him a ton!!
A truly sad, heartbreaking day.
We grew one successful artichoke!!
The mighty artichoke
That’s either a BIG apple, or those are pretty tiny cantaloupe….you decide!!
HEY!!! Get off the porch!!!
What a beauty!!
We had one, beautiful, summer hatchling….she was Mama Chardonnay’s shadow…
Sorry little girl!!
….sadly she was lost to a hawk, or possibly, a racoon or coyote.
The undeniable evidence.
UUUhhhhhmmmmm….Go Giants!!!! What an awesome season!!
The elk returned for a 2nd appearance this year in late November….
The Elk are early this season!
….and our forest turned into a beautiful ice castle…
So beautifully encased in ice.
It was a good year!! Thank you all for sharing it with us.
Happy New Year to you all. Here’s to an amazing 2015!!!
Your friend from Oregon,