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The Off Season

Winter time brings a needed down time around the farm.  From snow flakes to milder winter days, we love to be outside and to start looking forward to spring.
Sleigh rides with the golf cart:

Pruning young trees is a winter activity and takes some practice to learn:

Stocking the barn with feed:

Giving mowing lessons as the older boys prepare to take over the lawn care:

And just enjoying the mild days outside:

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It was a gorgeous fall day for our church fall harvest party.  Hay rides and pony rides and plenty of food, fellowship and bluegrass music.  It has become an annual tradition we look forward to.



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Our church teen group is in the middle of “man weekend” with the junior and senior high guys.  Today they came by for a competitive fish tournament.  The bass were biting and the competiton was tough.  Lots of fish caught and 7 of them each weighed over a pound.

The first prize fish weighed 2 lbs 4 oz and was 18″ long.

Fishing was a great way for our guys to have fun and enjoy nature.  I’m sure they’ll sleep well in their tents tonight.

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LPA Party

We had a great night with our friends from Little People of America.  Lots of swimming and eating and playing.  LPA continues to be a big part of our life and we always enjoy being with them.

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Lola Jane turned six years old recently and it was a perfect summer day for a party.  After lots of cake and presnts, our good friends The Stanelys brought thier horses over for all the kids to enjoy.  It was a party to remember.

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I found 3 year old Winston in the garden gorging himself on cherry tomatoes…nothing better.

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We bought chicks from TSC in the early spring, kept them in the house, then the barn and finally to the coop. So far we haven’t lost any of the chickens to predators. And finally…our first eggs! Everyone is very excited.

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Harvest Time!

All the hard work of spring finally pays off…tomatoes and cucumbers and squash coming in nearly day.  This year I started the tomatoes from seed.  And I have a strict “no tomato left behind” policy.  We either eat them or share them.  Mouth sores all summer are a small price to pay for Cherokee Purples and Early Girls at every meal.  

I even found a “blue” variety this year…they start out blueish purple and ripen into a red.  

And my homemade jalepeno garlic pickles are a fav here at the Galloways even though they make us all smell like garlic and dill for days at a time.

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It will take more than a few thundershowers to keep us from having a big July 4th celebration.  About 70 friends and family came over to pig out on ribs, cool off in the pool and enjoy some fireworks once the storms gave us a break.  So thankful to live in the best country in the world.

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Thanks TSC!

For a wanna be farmer, having Tractor Supply Company doing a demo in your garden is big time.  Janet from Janet’s Planet came out recently with TSC to do this how to video for TSC.com:

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