Thursday, June 28, 2012

Catching My Breath!

This week has been seriously busy!  I know I say that often, but this week really has!  Really!  Here are some of the things that we have been up to, plus some recent photographs:

Dylan And Auntie Tracy Playing Orchard

  •  My aunt has arrived from England to stay with us for two whole weeks!  Hooray!  Her visit has been eagerly anticipated for many months; but now at last she is here!  We have been enjoying her company and having the BEST time...hence my lack of blogging.  But hey, whats better than writing about life?  Living it of course!!! :)


  • The above photographs are an example of what happens to a cheeky bovine who gets caught drinking milk from a mama cow!  Now and then, we'll get one or two cows who still enjoy sneaking a little drink of warm milk, even though they have been long since weaned!  This (see above) is what happens to repeat offenders; the spikes poke the udder and the sneak-thief gets a swift kick! 

  • Dylan's lambs have learned to jump.  Big jumps!   One night last week, as the kids and I were cleaning up after dinner, Amy spotted them leaping through my garden!  So funny.  I really do love to watch lambs frolicking through the grass; tails wiggling!  But this time I wasn't about to go get my camera...those naughty fellas might eat my lettuces!  So I coaxed them back into their enclosure...minutes later they were out again...back out with some bottled milk to lure them, and this time I locked both gates so they couldn't jump over the grassed area fence.  Boy, were they ever mad!  We have now moved them into the walled garden so they can be contained, whilst still having 2 acres to roam around in and cause mischief! 

  • In a couple of weeks a speaker is coming to our church all the way from Tennessee, to give a three day talk of the "Trail of Blood" and discuss the history of real Christianity and the persecutions of various "baptistic" Christians down through the ages.  How exciting it sounds; we cannot wait!  My husband and I read the "Trail of Blood" many months ago, after it was recommended to us by a fellow blogger...boy was it ever an eye-opener!

  • My vegetable plot is being eaten more and more every day! :(  Those pesky slugs are LOVING my cabbages!  I have covered my strawberries after realising the birds were eating my berries!  :(  Today after my morning inspection, I discovered that one of my lovely lettuces has been devoured by a hare! :(  Next year we will fare better when we have our own poly-tunnel, as slugs tend not to like the dry ground in the hot poly-tunnels; plus, it would be hare and bird proof also...but until then I will keep on fending of their various attacks on my lovely produce!

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Fathers Day!

A New Belt For Daddy!

Morning Smiles

Belts Are PERFECT For Tying Up Cheeky Boys!

A Happy Dad

A Sad Girl...Again, Just Look At That Frown! :)

Smiley Boy

"Oh, I Think These Look GOOOD!"

"I'll Just Taste One, Y'Know Just To Make Sure It's Not Poisoned!"

Dad's Goodie Plate, Minus One Snickerdoodle!

Friday, June 15, 2012

Beep Beep, It's Rush Hour!

Rush Hour Junior, that is!  Several weeks ago our family bought this new game to play.  It is SO cool!  

So cool in fact, that I wanted to share my thoughts on it with you all.  The objective of this game, is to set up the game as given on whichever card (and level) you have selected, and then to try and systematically move all the other pieces aside, so you can "drive" the ice-cream truck off the board.  Sounds easy, but it actually gives your brain a real work-out!  My husband and I were so impressed, as within twenty minutes of the package arriving, Dylan (4) has completed all the first level cards without help!

Do not be fooled into thinking, that because we bought the "junior" option (there is a regular version too), this game would be is not! There are four levels of play and they are tricky enough to keep most members of our family perplexed...OK, maybe just me! ;)  My husband thought that this game was brilliant in allowing children to reason logically, and for keeping busy little minds engaged.  It is super fun too!

So if you are looking for a new game to play, this one might be 
...right up your street!  ;)

One Of Dylan's Favourite Games!

Thursday, June 14, 2012

When The Rain Stopped...

At the moment here in Ireland, it has been raining for about a week, almost non-stop!  Yesterday there was a lovely break in the rain, along with some sunshine,  so I took our camera outside for a few pictures before it stared up again...

 Strawberries, Just Starting To "Blush" 

Our Raised Beds 

We Tried Planting Corn...Just To See 

My Gift For The Lambs...Rosemary! ;)

A Gardeners Best Weapon!

 Snow And 'Manzo
...Almanzo Is My Favourite!

We Call This The "Magic Door"
...I'm Not Actually Sure Why

Hubby's Flag!

Our Busy Boy

Our Driveway


I Hope You Are All Enjoying Your Week

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Random And Recent

Gorgeous Girly!

You know the way it is.  You take beautiful photographs of your kids, with the idea that you'll get around to posting, emailing, and printing them as soon as possible...but somehow life, chores and sleep get in the way!  What to do with all those random and recent photographs?  Post them all here for you all to enjoy of course! :)

Amy Is Definitely Improving In Her Archery Skills

Dylan, Off To Do A "Big Job"

Amy And Her Target!

Miss Meg Playing In The Sand-Pit 

We Actually Have A Hard Time Keeping Her From Eating It!  
...She Really Likes It!

Champion Porridge Maker 

Meg LOVES Raw Potatoes!

Amy's Art Work


Dylan's Too...

"Hmmm, I Wonder What This Stuff Tastes Like?"

"Urgh, It Does Not Taste Anywhere Near As Good As Sand!!!" 

Look Closely And You'll See 
Our Two Newest Calves And their Mamas :)


Assembling Raised Beds

 My Helper

Cutie-Pie Meg!