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Friday, August 1, 2014

Wheat Harvest

We hopped in the pick-up and drove  about 15 miles 
out of town a couple of days ago.

It was a short trip, 
but I was so glad that I had my camera with me.
Wheat harvest was coming to a close.
Most of the farms were finished harvesting,
but I got a few photos.
A pile of pure gold.
Our area is desert and irrigated farmland.
Washington's three main crops are,
Apples, Potatoes and Wheat.
Many of my photos were taken while driving,
so they are not the best,
but I thought you might like to see the wheat fields.  
See the two farms in the distances.
I wish that I would have thought of wheat harvest sooner,
I could have driven out and got some shots of farmers at work.
This does give you a little idea . . .
of just how beautiful the golden wheat fields are,
especially against the wide open blue sky.
It's a magnificent sight :)

Something that I noticed while doing this post 
was the sky in these photos.
The two shots of the wheat pile and the bins
 were taken driving north 
and the other shots were going down the same road, 
only returning and driving south.  
They were taken within 30 minutes of each other.
What a huge difference in the lighting and the way it affected the sky in these photos. 

That's pretty amazing to me :)
Good photos are not so much about the camera you use,
but all about the lighting.

Have you noticed this with your photos?

Have a sweet day!

Your blogging sister,
Connie :)

Saturday, July 26, 2014

Always Something To Do

We are finding that our new country life is very busy.
There is always a job to do.

The main job this week was working on the fence.

 Trips to Home Depot to purchase supplies.

And lots of building.
Look close and you can see my Sweet Steve . . .
Working on his Honey-Do's :)
Not finished, but well on it's way.

Our neighbor came over and helped.
He built the gate and Steve built the trellis.
I did the staining and I'll be working on
 getting it all stained next week.
The weather is so hot that 6 to 8 A.M. 
is the best time to do it :)

Our garden is doing great.
It is so much fun watching it grow.
I love dill . . . it smells so good
and it is so pretty.
I've even used it in flower arrangements. 
We are getting so many peppers . . .
We plan on drying them and crushing them for our spice rack.
The beans are starting to climb the tee-pee :)
Well, that's what we have been doing . . .
What are you up to?

Keep Smiling,

Your blogging sister,
Connie :)

Sunday, July 20, 2014

An Abundance Of Zucinni & New Mudroom Curtains

 It was so cool going out to the garden and having an abundance . . .
I set this out by the road and a lady with a van full of kids came by.
They stopped and took them all.
She said that they loved zucinni :)

I stuffed one for dinner .
(before going into the oven)
And coming out of the oven :)

I also baked an Apricot Up-Side-Down cake.
I'm loving living off the land :)

I've been making curtains for the mudroom
and got them done and hung Saturday.
Photos of the mudroom after painting and hanging photos.

This is the door going into the kitchen.
Look above it at our vintage doorbell.
I love this old bell
it sounds so cool :)

 My pantry is at the end of the room by the kitchen door. 

 I cut the fabric for these curtains before we had the keys to the house.
One day when we met with the realtor,
I measured the windows.

Then everything started happening and I packed up my sewing machine.
So, these curtains were on standby :)

Saturday afternoon . . .
I finally got them finished.

I really like how they turned out.

 What do you think?

A mixture of gingham, polka dot, calico and rick rack. 

This little duck belonged to Steve's Grandma.
I set it on the dryer 
to hold all the change that I find in the laundry.
I feel like it found the perfect home here.

We have installed a new backdoor,
But we still need to get the trim finished.

Also the hot water heater is the first thing you see when you come in the backdoor.
I'm still looking for the perfect solution to make a pretty cover-up for it. 
Maybe some old doors :) 

Sunday morning muffins.
I made these with zucinni, apricots  & coconut.

Here's wishing you a wonderful week.
Please be kind and leave a comment.
I love hearing from you and getting to know all of my blogging sisters better :)

Keep Smiling,
 Connie :)