Wednesday, November 11, 2015

November 2015 - Still here

I haven't posted since December of last year ... and was surprised to see people were still reading my old blog posts anyway.  Guess it's time for a new one!

It's been a year of change, and more changes still to come.

In May, I moved my beloved donkeys to an animal sanctuary.  This was a very hard thing to do, and I miss them terribly every day.  But I need to sell the farm and downsize, and there was no way I could do that with three miniature donkeys.  Lakeview Animal Sanctuary, in Pendelton, NY (http://www.lasanctuary.org/) had room since they had just adopted out 2 of their donkeys, so they came and got mine.  So my 3 are now with a small herd of other donkeys, and Lakeview will find them great homes.  Please donate to Lakeview if you have a few dollars to spare.



I then decided it was time to get moving and get the property ready for sale.  The farm just isn't the same without my donkeys, it was hard to even go into the empty barn!  That turned out to be easier said than done!

Some spring pictures ... a red-breasted grosbeak visited.




A misty spring morning.


Getting contractors and people to do the work needed to get the property on the market was ridiculously difficult.  I personally spent many weekends scraping, priming and painting the house, sheds, etc.



Daylily Moroccan Sapphire:



I love Japanese Iris!




Rocky hanging on the deck .... Lily must be there somewhere too ...


One of my own introductions, Mystic Seer ...


I had sold off most of my daylilies during the summer of 2014, but kept about 60 in my own personal gardens.  I had 3 beds of seedlings left, but there were really neglected this past summer and I didn't pay any attention to what was blooming in them.

I had to take this picture ... for years I had been throwing daylily seedlings and unknown daylilies into the weedy area at the end of the pond ... this year they bloomed like crazy in there!  The next people who buy this place are going to be in for a surprise!



Daylily Black Falcon Ritual:



My own Mystic Avalon:


Daylily Galaxy Explosion:



Daylily Zoot Sims:



It was much easier to care for the gardens this year sine I didn't have the filed of daylilies to take care of.  I am looking forward to creating new gardens at a new house next year.



This was the field of daylilies  ..... now reduced to 3 weedy beds of neglected seedlings!



Look close ... a double rainbow!  And the yellow for sale sign!  I finally got everything done that I wanted to get done, and put the farm on the market at the end of August.  Very late in the selling season.



I've had 6 different people look at the farm so far, I was overly optimistic about how many actual buyers there were for a small farm!  Most everyone has loved the house, but are looking for other things ... a fancy horse stable, more land, not ready yet, etc.

Thankfully, I don't have to sell, so I can wait until the right buyer comes along.  I was hoping to be out by this winter ... but I don't really see that happening now.  And that's OK.  



My audience in the morning as I am getting ready for work ...



A frosty morning recently:



A stormy morning recently too!



So I will post more, here and there ... and see where we go!