I ended up with a lot of photos taken in January! I wonder why some months we take a lot and some months we don’t take many. This first one is of the bed that was supposed to be full of onions. Most of the onions died, so I left the volunteer potatoes, and then transplanted zinnias throughout it and portulaca around the edges. Lots of dill came up, too, and we ended up with quite a mix of colors. Now, a month later, the potatoes are dying back, but the zinnias are taking over, and this bed is really gorgeous! It’s right beside the driveway, so a good spot. I’m enjoying the flowers.
I was coming in from the garden one day when Esther was going out with her phone, and she grabbed this picture.
I took this picture to advertise the heifer that James is leading (she sold immediately!). We were moving the herd back down the hill to the large paddock we graze them in. They had been on the roadside above our town for a few days, but this day they wouldn’t stay in. One was in heat, and she was likely pushing the others out. Those of us who are home during the day locked them in this small paddock till reinforcements got home, and then I grabbed a quick picture before they headed down.
We needed another bed in the girls’ room so Miss Joy could move out of our room. The only way we could figure out how to fit her in there was to build a loft bed. I found several sets of plans online, and Elijah designed and built this. Little Miss sleeps up there, and Miss Joy sleeps in the queen bed with Esther.
One hot day, we took lunch down to the river bed and let the children play in the creek for a little while before we came back up.
The girls helped Esther make a rhubarb crisp one day. They enjoyed that!
The boys’ sleepout is no more. A couple of our boys had started demolishing it, and one day when a friend brought his children over for a little while they finished the job. That was great fun! Then, it had to be picked up and taken to the dump. That wasn’t so much fun.
Miss Joy loves being read to, and Mr. Imagination is learning the joys of reading aloud.
Little Miss had a birthday in January. She enjoyed opening her presents!
We finally replaced the grain mill that has been limping along for years. The little girls were intensely interested in how it worked when I tried it out.
So much fun to cover a salad with flowers!
Picking beans. I had a few bush/dwarf beans, but we got most of our crop from the runner beans on the trellis.
The joys of a crate, a blankie, and a thumb!
Jo-Jo is tame enough to ride on shoulders now. Mr. Imagination was thrilled the first time he could do this! At first, Jo-Jo bit anyone who tried to pick him up. Now, he might nibble, but gently. He keeps trying to fly, but since his practice time is limited to 10 minutes a day, he is still wobbly, and often crashlands.