During the day, a lot of “Flutter Wings” visit my garden at this time of the year. At sunset a Monarch Butterfly came over to get some nectar from the milkweed, before her journey will go all the way to Mexico. I hope, she laid some eggs as well.
Kevin, the girls and I drove to the Wild Berry Farm in Sadler, this afternoon. When we arrived, we paid our entry fee and entered the farm. Katelynn and Sara went down the slide, before we went on the hayride. Kevin grabbed some fish food, and on the ride we went down to the pond. At the pond, we stopped for feeding the catfish. These were some big fish. But they also get fed very well by farm visitors throughout the day. The farmer said: “By the end of the day, the catfish might have a belly ache! ;)” We all hopped back on the wagon and rode back to the farm house.
After the hayride, we walked through the wild berry fields to get to the Pumpkin Patch and the Sunflower Maze. There were some beautiful pumpkins sitting in the field. In the Sunflower Maze, the Monarchs, Gulf Fritillaries, Admirals, all sorts of bees and bugs fluttered and flew from one sunflower to the other. It was fun to watch them. Katelynn and Sara were fascinated by the different kind and sizes of bees.
Walking back through the berry fields, Katelynn was leading us through the Corn Maze. A cool fact about the Corn Maze on the Wild Berry Farm: When you put a drone up in the air, you can see that the maze is grown in the shape of the Texas Lone Star Flag. Katelynn did very good walking us through the maze. And it was fun!
Katelynn and Sara enjoyed looking at the farm animals. There were some chicken, goats and sheep on the farm. Some chicken were scratching a hole in the ground. I guess, they tried to find some bugs or tried to get to cooler soil on this warm day. The other chicken were happily clucking and walking around. The goats nibbled some grass, and the sheep were busy eating in their barn.
Seeing the whole farm, the girls wanted to play in the “Rat Rollers”, then went down the slide several more times, and played some “Football”. Before we left the farm, I picked up a jar of Pumpkin Butter. I’ve never had any. But I want to try it. It was a beautiful, sunny day. And we enjoyed our visit at the Wild Berry Farm. My goal is to drive up there and pick some fresh berries next Spring, early Summer.
After all the Black Swallowtail caterpillars became lunch for the bird babies last Spring, we finally get more caterpillars in our garden this Autumn. This time the caterpillars seem to hide better in the thick leaves of our parsley. Yesterday, another Black Swallowtail butterfly laid more eggs on the parsley. The chances are good, we have more caterpillars hatching soon.
Sitting outside and relaxing, seems to help to get my mind off Finley a little bit. The last few days were tough. But life goes on, and I needed some sun to get in a better mood, again. I looked at my garden and observed a Black Swallowtail butterfly. But she was too fast to get a sharp photo of her. So, I strolled around the flowers and vegetables. And see there: a Skipper sat on my Tomatillo plant, before it skipped to my pink Lantana. The nectar must be so good.
Yesterday, we were in a furniture store to get new mattresses for Kevin, Sara and me. Since years I want a king size mattress, because our pets like to sleep with us. One year ago, we’ve got Luis. And this dog just loves to play “helicopter”, while he snores on our bed. Not to forget to mention, our cats love to snuggle with us too. Sara needs a whole new bed (frame and mattress). And Katelynn will get our “old” queen size bed. The mattress is still in top shape. And she can get several more years out of it.
We also went tile shopping. Oh boy! I can’t wait for the construction to begin in our house, again … NOT! 😉 When we first purchased our home in 2005, it still had a lot of originality from when it was first built back in 1978. Since I was pregnant with Sara, we always renovated a little bit at the time, when we had extra cash. Over the last eight years we got new windows, fixed the foundation, got a new roof, new sidings, a new bathroom, new appliances for the kitchen, new lights … etc. This year it is time for new flouring and painting. I will do the wall painting myself. That saves us money, and I enjoy it anyway. When we make it a family project, it is even more fun.
Well, since we are in the process to move the furniture out of the way, this is a good opportunity to get rid of some clutter, that accumulated over the last 12 years. And let me tell y’all: it feels good to get rid of some of the stuff. Not only does it free up some space, it also frees my mind. Some of it will be donated; other stuff just needs to go in the trash. It’s that plain and simple. After cleaning the master bedroom for a while, I had to take a break and sit in backyard this afternoon. While I sat there and enjoyed my refeshing peach-mango juice, I saw this little Ceraunus Blue Butterfly sitting on a wilted stem of my calendula flowers.
At this morning, I spent some time at Josey Ranch Lake. It has been almost four months, I visited the park the last time. I noticed, there were a lot less water bird present at the lake and the pond. A couple of swans, some ducks, Canada geese, pigeons, grackles, a yellow-crowned night heron and a few songbirds were there.
Coming back from the pond, I went to the Natural Area next to the Carrollton Public Library. The garden looks beautiful. And who worked on it, did an amazing job. The area is flourishing with wildflowers. It looks like a small patch of the Blackland Prairies. A little bunny took cover under a big sunflower leaf, when it started to drizzle. Resting on a bench, I didn’t care that I got wet. Before I walked back to the lake to get to my car, I had to take this view in being surrounded by beautiful nature.
Yesterday morning, I took a little photo hike through the Arbor Hills Nature Preserve, again. More and more flowers begin to blossom all over the park. The Indian Blanket is truly like a blanket covering the prairie. And in between are some dabs of purple, white, blue, and pink.
The bees are busy collecting nectar. And the butterflies laying eggs to keep up with their population. A cardinal sings his beautiful song of Spring to his mate, while a squirrel is looking for some stashed away acorns from last Autumn.
In May is the best time to watch all of Nature’s beauty. Because once we will hit Summer, the sun will “torch” most of it away to make room for other beautiful flora and fauna.