Sunday, March 30, 2008

A trip to Papa's house

Thank you everyone for your prayers and good thoughts. My Mother in law seems to be improving, although she now has pneumonia to deal with and we aren't sure exactly what happened. She wasn't stable enough to do an MRI this weekend so it's a bit of a guessing game, slight heart attack, small stroke those are the things it points to. Husband is on his way home tonight, stuck with a delay halfway here.

Saturday Bug and I took a trip to my dad and step-moms house. They live on 170 acres and have sheep, goats, chickens, peacocks, and a very friendly cow. Needless to say Bug loves to go there, it is an absolutely beautiful place with creeks and ponds and so many things for a little boy to get into.

My dad and Bug are two peas in a pod. They get along famously and Bug never wants to come home. Dad, Bug and I took a walk to see the new baby lambs, one pure white and one colored like a Holstein cow. I couldn't get very close to get a good picture as the momma was pretty scared of us.

My parents dog, Hannah, is an Irish terrier.
It's their second Irish terrier since their first one, Riley, had to be put to sleep last year. I did this wordless Wednesday post featuring Hannah trying to kiss Fernando. She is an awesome dog, and she loves Bug. She followed him around and tried to kiss him too. She also tried to catch the frogs in the pond, with no luck.

Bug had fun fishing out the Lemna minor (the green stuff on the top of the pond).

I know the name of these plants only because my parents owned a native plant nursery for many years. They now sell organic produce on their small farm.
Here's a picture of Hannah playing with their cat, Macho.

I love going there and seeing them. I wish I lived closer so that I could see them more than once every other month.
The older I get the more I want my family close to me. Hannah must feel the same way, I got almost all the way down their mile long driveway only to see Hannah running as fast as she could to catch up to us. I got out of the car and sternly told her "Go HOME!" She just stood there, wagging her tail at me. As I jumped in the car and started backing up the driveway she happily trotted in front of my car. Finally my dad came around the corner on a four wheeler and she decided it was in her best interest to go home.
Bug brought home many treasures. Here is his favorite find from Papa's house.

Know what it is?

Frog eggs. We have them in a bowl and are watching their growth every day.

He also found this baby peacock feather...

It looked better before the dog malled it. And he plucked this fungi (Turkey tail) off of a dead stump.

We never leave empty handed!


Corey~living and loving said...

oh how fun. Looks like a delightful time. Such adventures.
we are soooooooooooo envious of your soon to be little frogs. eeeeeeeeeeeee how fun.

the mother of this lot said...

Fantastic photos Autumn!

Mama Zen said...

What gorgeous pictures!

Thoughts and prayers for your mother in law!

Julie B said...

my girls would be in heaven at your parent's farm! I love all the photos.

Glad to hear your MIL is improving and I hope she continues to do so

Jade said...

It's so nice to be up close and personal with nature...can't get much of it here is Singapore though it is known for a Garden City. =)