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Just Peachy

Our peach trees are loaded this year!

We planted them three years ago. The first year we pulled off the first fruits  so the trees would spend their energy growing roots. Last year, we thinned the peaches out but then the remaining peaches fell off. This year, we left them alone to do their thing. They didn't disappoint!


This weekend, I picked a full 5 gallon bucket and there are still a ton on the trees.


 I put on my apron and  the peach processing began.

how to peel a peach perfectly


Some went in the freezer  and  I jammed the rest. I love peach jam!

peach freezer jam recipe
Today I picked some more and
 just put a peach crisp in the oven.
Seems like it's going to be just peachy around here for a while.

For no good tree bears bad fruit; nor again does a bad tree bear good fruit. Luke 6:43

Day Lily Days!

The day lilies are putting on a show around the farm. Last night I counted 18 different varieties blooming in the cottage garden alone. I just LOVE them!

The beautiful thing about day lilies is  that they are only here for a day. All that loveliness for a single day. Blink and you'll miss them. It's an amazing thing & a good reminder to be beautiful today.

Here are just a few of my favorites. OK, a bunch of my favorites. ;)
Be sure to look carefully, there is a surprise on one of them...










June on the farm wouldn't be the same without day lilies!

Thanks to my sweet, wonderful friend, Alice for sharing them with me when she downsized her garden.

Be joyful in hope.
Romans 12:12

Yarn, Yarn, Yarn!

Just look at those beautiful natural shades of gray.

The yarn is back from the mill and the labels are made. I'm really happy with how it all turned out!


Do Ewe Know Your Wool?  We Do!
Cute, huh? I decided to market the yarn from each individual ewe. I think it adds a special touch to know where the fiber came from.
The labels tell something personal about each sheep. "Ziggy jumps for joy everyday." "McCarthy is the leader of the flock." "Ralene is shy but beautiful." You get the picture.

And of course, their pictures are on each skein.

I've put a few in my Red Farmhouse Fibers etsy store for any followers who might be interested. It's just a small sampling though. I have 72 skeins! Seriously I can't crochet all that.
I do love the idea of selling local in a shop. Some appointments are on the calendar for local yarn stores. Maybe someone will love it like I do. They are sure to love my calling card, don't you think?

Proverbs 31:13 She se…

Chosen Rams

We've known which ones we liked from the very beginning but we have officially decided to keep three guys  intact to see how they develop.
They each have qualities that we love.
Combined they would make our ideal ram.
It doesn't work quite like that though. Still, we feel blessed to have such nice rams born into our flock.


Alpine had a recent name change to Azure.  Alpine just didn't fit him.  With blue marbled eyes and sire & dam with Z in their names,  it just had to be Azure.
He has a h-u-g-e horn spread, very nice fleece and slender face.  He's missing knee patches that we love but he's got everything else, including ram presence (that proud, check me out, attitude).

Atticus is very darkly marked and out of our prized flock matron, Precious.  He has nice even markings and horns.  A definite keeper!

Astaire ~ he's been a favorite of the whole family from day one. He has the mellow personality of his sire and has lots of spots.  Those legs markings are j…

Horse and Rider Gift Basket

This is my new favorite gift for a horse lover. I made one for our son's trainer at the holidays and another for a thank you gift recently.
I purchased pretty bowls and tea towels at a discount store then filled them up with snacks for horses and riders.

Horse treats Carrot sticks apples sugar cubes & peppermints for the horse

Candy bars popcorn dried fruit nuts bubble gum & granola for the rider

It makes a fun combination!

Shrink wrap matching ribbon and a horse toy hot glued on and you have one great gift for a horse & rider.

Tips for making a gorgeous gift basket: A pair of tea towels work great to lay in the basket or bowl.  Be sure to drape farther over edges than you want them to end up.  They will sink down as you place items in the bowl.Purchase items in a variety of sizes.Keep a color theme in mind when you pick items.  For this one, I tried to stick with lime green, pink, and yellow to go with the ribbon that I had. Start with the largest or tallest items lik…

Strawberry Season

I finally got some strawberry plants to survive through the winter! For the last few weeks, they have been producing lovely little berries. They are so yummy.

Bowl after bowl has come into the house and made it's way to the table. I haven't even made any strawberry freezer jam.

There are still a few blooms though. Maybe there will be enough.
All the ways of the Lord are loving and faithful. Psalm 25:10