Sunday, October 3, 2010


The days here are Dog Trot Farm have become noticeably shorter. In fact short enough for the timer to the girl's coop lighting to once again be activated. The once subtle signs of Fall have now begun in full force. The trees along our driveway are now taking on the colorful magic that only Fall can provide. The majority of garden flowers have succumbed to the cool Fall nights, as the perennial beds have now been put to rest for the season, with the one exception being a few strong willed Cosmos. The window box on our porch refuses to relent to the cool temperatures and still blooms profusely.
Fern and Phoebe, my two timid Silver Laced Wyandottes, have grown into beautiful young chickens. They are a bit aloof, very prim and proper and have incorporated themselves into the flock without much fanfare. They know enough to remain out of my big girl's way. They are strong willed, allowing no one to pluck the beautiful plumage out of their pretty little behinds. As you may recall I have a feather plucker in my flock, Miss Pearly Mae.
I spied this little homemade stand at Goodwill the other day. I saw potential in it, especially with a price tag of $4.99, I thought it was a bargain. I brought it home, cleaned it off and gave it a sanding. I will apply a couple coats of paint, sand and then apply Bri-Wax to give it that primitive look that I love. I will give it a proper "reveal" in a future post.
I participated in the Fall/Harvest Swap hosted by "Char" from the blog "The Pickled Pepper Patch". I was paired up with Allison of the blog "Sew Many Girls." My package arrived Saturday, Allison sent a wonderful variety of Fall items. The first thing I noticed was the wonderful aroma coming from the box- 4 wonderfully scented candles gave off a sweet smelling scent. Also included was a Fall kitchen towel, note pad, harvest painted wooden pumpkin, cloth pumpkins, Fall cloth tuck, salt dough ornaments, and a waxed tin can. Many of the items were made by Allison. A big thank you Allison, I loved my Fall swap items.
This evening while checking my e-mail I learned that I had won a beautiful little hooked mat from Kim of the blog "Millie's Mats". Kim, I am so excited to learn that I have been chosen to display one of your beautiful mat's here at Dog Trot Farm. Thank you! With that I bid you all a good evening, it's time for" The Amazing Race".


Verde Farm said...

What a great fall package you received. They will look great in your home. My flowers are about to be gone as well--so long summer.

Kim said...

Your leaves are turning a little quicker than ours. (I'm a little jealous). I have a road trip later this week so I will be taking my camera and hoping!
P.S. I am thrilled my little mat will soon reside at Dog Trot Farm.

Denise said...

You have a beautiful view from your yard. I have to agree that fall is certainly here we have had a few small fires in the stove to take the chill out in the evening.

From Beyond My Kitchen Window said...

I just love looking at your blog. If the view to my driveway looked like yours I would get nothing done. Oh, your girls are beautiful lovely looking feathers

Farm Girl said...

Wow that is so nice, your box of goodies looks wonderful. Yes, I am so glad you won that mat from Kim.
You have never had coffee? Well don't start. I know I drink way to much and I bet if I stopped drinking it I would be healthier.

It is sort of a social thing. My kids come in from school and we sit and have coffee and they tell me about their day, and then my hubby gets home and I do it again.
It looks all good.
Have a nice week.

Pondside said...

Your newly grown-up girls are so pretty! I think I'll just have to be on the look out for a couple of those to add to our little flock.
Lucky you, to win the mat and to receive such a pretty package in the exchange - Christmas in October!

acorn hollow said...

The table looks like it's a winner. Speaking of winner congradulations on winning the hooked mat. I have never participated in a swap but maybe it's time lots of lovely things. The mornings are darker, my gardens too are spent, and it's fair time in our part of new hampshire.Always a sign of fall. Have a great week.

Rural Rambler said...

Good Morning Julie at beautiful Dog Trot Farm! Congratulations on winning one of Kim's mats. I WON ONE TOO!!!! FALL OAK LEAVES!!! I am doing Snoopy's Happy Dance!

I will be looking forward to the "reveal"!

Julie have you read Birdology by Sy Montgomery? She wrote The Good Good Pig. I am reading it now and when I read about her Ladies and the Rangers I thought of you.

Eve said...

The girls are beautiful's all that warm oatmeal and blueberries I think!! I can't wait to see the finished product when the stand is done. Looks like you're having a lot of fun with the swaps and congrats on the winning mat!!!

miss Potter, said...

Also in Maine fall leaves, your seasons begin on the very same period as in Italy. That wonder the previous post, I love halloween and pumpkins and your home is beautiful, I love!!!


Missouri Gal Nicole said...

Wow! Sure is pretty in your world. The maples are starting to turn here, I hope to get some country photos. I have city ones I need to post on mine but haven't gotten around to it. Your hens are very pretty, glad they haven't been plucked by the plucker! I love your GW table. Awesome find!
And last; I've missed both episodes of the Amazing Race. I'll have to catch up on it on the interent. Who are you rooting for?