Wednesday, August 23, 2017

August On The Farm

The grass in the south field appears to be sufficient for seven cattle and two miniature horses. They are keeping it low but no one is going hungry. The good news is that they are eating some of the broad leafed weeds they formerly ignored. I thought my obese cows might have lost a bit of weight, but an observer said he thought I was wrong, that they were still plenty fat:

The little horses come and go as a regular, accepted part of the herd:

And even Teddy, the rented bull, seems to get along with them. Teddy and Blue even napped together:

Remy has kept his trim figure, at least in comparison to the pudgier members of the herd:

The little Mandarin Honeysuckle I planted began to grow, accelerating as it gained height. It won't be climbing up the big trellis I built this year, but it does look like it will thrive:

The variegated Weigela doesn't appear to have grown, but it does look entirely healthy and happy in its new home:

The Magic Carpet Spirea has grown some, and even blossomed a second time:

The flowers are small but contrast nicely with the light colored leaves. Furthermore, all the new leaves emerge in a raspberry/orange color, making the bush look from a distance as if it is always in bloom:

My little garden has gotten so crowded that it appears I will be forced to move the Magnolia in October. It is growing wildly now, so I sincerely hope the move doesn't hurt it:

I bought a cold hardy, scarlet Hydrangea and planted it in the lawn on the north side of the house. It began wilting under the summer sun, so I've decided to plant the Magnolia beside it to give it more shade:

This attractive arrangement consisted of wild Goldenrod and the leftovers of the June Peony flowers:

The old fashioned rose I rescued became infested with the dreaded Japanese Beetles but we've had so much rain it has been difficult to spray them. I haven't seen Japanese Beetles since we had huge infestations when I was a boy. I remember a road covered with them and hope to never see such a sight again:

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Dogs And Cats At Home

There are lots of sleepy, relaxed pets in today's post, beginning with this one of Clover, Bramble and Rocky:

 Bugsy, a real character who has claimed a lamp table as his very own. He knocked off the lamp and ruined it, so I now just let him have the table:

 Daisy doesn't usually use the dog bed in the corner, but she took it over one day:

 Daphne, Fergus, Clover and Jack:

 Daisy on the windowsill:

 Jack, Daphne, Clover, Bramble and Fergus:

 This corner, filled with dog beds, is of course the main collection point for both dogs and cats. In this photo are Clover, Fergus, Bugsy, Rocky and Daphne:

 Daphne, Clover, Bramble and Fergus:

 And Bugsy, all by himself:

 The cats stay inside but the dogs have an outdoor yard where they can relax. Fergus used the shade of the Rugosa roses on a hot day:

 Jack also knew where it would be cooler:

 Seamus, Daphne and Jack, all together and using the roses for shade:

Monday, August 21, 2017

The Parishville, New York Museum - Part 2

I was touring the Parishville, New York town museum (see also Part 1, posted yesterday) and entered the children's bedroom, which contained several cribs, doll carriages, toys and many dolls:

And there was a room filled with high school marching band memorabilia:

And old typewriters:

A sunroom upstairs had many handmade displays such as this one with miniature wooden tools. It had been there so long that the sun had bleached out the signs which explained the tools:

And this being a pioneer town, there were three model log cabins. This one, with a cutaway showing the interior, was my favorite:

Another model log cabin:

And a huge display of old tools:

Woodworking and other tools:

The master bedroom reminded me of my grandmother's bedroom:

This was small town life in the Victorian era:

Even the closet was filled with old clothing:

This old dress was interesting, but what was that tag hanging from it? I moved in for a closeup:

It turned out to not be for the dress, but instead it was directions for using the old dress form:

My final photo at the Parishville Museum was of this hat collection, a reminder of small town life many years ago. I love these town museums, and the Parishville Museum is certainly one of my favorites:

Sunday, August 20, 2017

The Parishville, New York Museum - Part 1

Parishville, New York is an old pioneer town and one of the smallest, most scenic towns I've seen anywhere. It has a museum in an old house which is maintained by the Town Historian and open one afternoon per week, two months per year - July and August. I hadn't been there in several years, so I decided to return:

The formal parlor was filled with many things, including a piano. There were two old fashioned church organs elsewhere:

I headed for the door in the side corner of the parlor:

I knew that there was a display of hand carved circus wagons, carved by a former resident of the town (that's his photo on the left):

Teams of hand carved horses pulled the circus wagons. The display appeared to be being moved to another display case so that the room could hold more items:

My next stop was the old fashioned kitchen, a reminder of how life used to be:

A dry sink and numerous utensils:

A display on butter making. The kitchen didn't have much light, so many of the photos were unusable but that may have been a blessing because otherwise I'd have too many to post:

Then I returned to the parlor, where a lot of sorting and rearranging was in progress:

The parlor indicated that a wealthy family once lived here:

There was an entire room devoted to old photos. As you can see, more sorting and rearranging was in progress there also:

I went upstairs where this Victorian era doll and carriage caught my attention:

Fans, hats and handmade dolls. Every town museum seems to have a lot of dolls, and it reminds me of how much little girls loved their dolls. They often keep them all their lives, or at least until they donate them to the local museum:

A military room. There was still more to see, and I'll post Part 2 tomorrow: