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In the Barnyard

FranklinA couple of years ago, one daughter and her family moved to a small farm in Franklin, Tennessee.  It is halfway between Rockport and Houston, so it’s a perfect overnight stop on the third night of travel

FranklinNow, I’m not sure I’m a farm girl, but it is fun to take in all the activity in the barnyard.    How all those two and four legged critters know when its feeding time is beyond me, but when they see the girls step inside the gate, a mad rush ensues.  What is really funny is that the different species hang with their own giving real meaning  to the saying “Birds of a feather flock together”.

FranklinThe same is true of the sheep.  They stay close to one another

Franklinand follow their shepherds wherever they go.

Franklin

I couldn’t get enough of the sheep.  They are so affectionate with each other,

Franklinand their sweet faces would steal anyone’s heart.

FranklinI’m told we are having farm raised turkey for Thanksgiving,

Franklinand it looks to me like they may be hatching a plan to avoid the chopping block.

FranklinThey may have a hard time outrunning this gal

Franklinwhich means Thanksgiving dinner will be the one that doesn’t get away.

FranklinAll this activity is a bit much for Lucy who looks down on it from her high perch.

FranklinAs for Aslan, he’s on the outside looking in wanting to be part of the action.  With his energy that would cause total chaos!

FranklinIt’s tempting to linger to take in the natural beauty of the farm, but hit the road we must.  

FranklinAs we sneak down the stairs hoping to leave quietly, we find Super Daughter in the kitchen scrambling up some farm fresh eggs.  Now, that is a loving and delightful surprise.

FranklinSpeaking of eggs, the chickens are the girls’ responsibility.  Eggs are plentiful, and the girls have built a customer base for all the extras.  Pretty enterprising, wouldn’t you say?

Until next time through, that’s it for barnyard happenings.  There’s no telling what changes will occur there between now and then.

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Tranquility at its Best

Houston to Rockport, Maine, is a long drive, so we make quite an adventure out of the trip by stopping here and there to explore new places.  A daughter in Tennessee provided a very good excuse for meeting at Blackberry Farm in the foothills of the Smoky Mountains.

Smoky MountainsBlackberry Farm is one of those places that has been much written about, deservedly so as it is a spectacular location in the foothills of the Smoky Mountains where all thoughts of the outside world yield way to absolute delight.  It is tranquility at its very best.

Blackberry FarmLike to fly fish?  No problem.  There’s a stream where you can cast your rod and maybe even be lucky enough to catch a trout.

Blackberry FarmIf you arrive without proper gear, it’s there waiting for you.

Blackberry Farm

One of my favorite spots  is the boathouse where you can just sit quietly on the deck, enjoy a picnic lunch

Blackberry Farmor take to canoeing.  I must confess to failing to get the hubby to serenade me under the moonlight!

Blackberry FarmBlackberry FarmBlackberry FarmBlackberry FarmTaking a stroll through the property, there’s no telling what you might see.  It could be sheep in the meadow or chickens and turkeys strutting around or geese taking their young ones for a first swim.  Though the animals are an attraction, they also provide much of the foodstuffs that are served at the inn.

Blackberry FarmMy favorite animal?  I fell in love with Lagotto Romagnolos, otherwise known as truffle dogs, an Italian breed that was the first water dog.  I would have loved to take one with me, but they are quite expensive.

Blackberry FarmThere are miles of trails to walk, and always there is something interesting to see.  Maybe it’s the pastoral view of horses grazing in white fenced pastures

Blackberry Farmor a lovely little chapel nestled among the trees.

Blackberry FarmI love the moss covered wood fences that line the road,

Blackberry Farm

the farm buildings

Blackberry Farmand quiet retreats.

Blackberry FarmBest of all is returning to our cottage porch after a most fun day and feeling at peace with the world.

Yes, there is much to like at Blackberry Farm, and I am saving the rest for a later post.

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Chicken Love

Franklin farmThese girls do love their chickens.

P. C. Lewis PhotoWhere did their chicken love start?  Perhaps  in Provence of all places.  Several years ago we did a house swap, and taking care of chickens was part of the deal.  The girls thought that was great fun and enthusiastically fed them and gathered their eggs.

Last summer, a farm became home to the girls, and they started dreaming about having chickens of their own.  To get them ready, the hubby enrolled them in Chicken Care 101 otherwise known as helping to take care of Julia’s chickens when they were in Maine.

chickensEvery day they reported for duty, first letting the chickens out of the pen to roam free for a bit.

chicken dutyWhile the chickens were out, there was water to be changed.  The girls learned that adding a few drops of vinegar to the fresh water helped control bacteria.

chicken dutyNew food was carefully measured and food trays filled.

chicken dutyThe girls found out that chickens create a lot of mess and that the pen had to be cleaned every day.  They took this part of the job very seriously and uncomplainingly swept until the pen was perfect.

chicken dutyOnce the chores were done, there was time for a little chicken play.  The girls were very surprised to find that some chickens are very social.

chicken loveEven Mom got into the act

chicken loveand now on their own farm she and the girls share chicken love.  Now, if those chicks will just start laying eggs……

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