Tales of a pup, pumpkins, and quilting

Things have been slow on the Farmlet this week, unless of course you are a Walker!  And, as it goes with a two year old, he is constantly being monitored and knows one word PERFECTLY:


No! That is not a toy,  no cats, no shoes, no socks, no table legs, no sticks, no leaves, and

no pumpkins!

And on the brighter side, literally and figuratively, I have a near finish on my Posh Posies quilt.  I got it back from the new quilter this week and it needs binding for a finish.  Remember this?

and peeking out from behind on the design wall is a nearly complete assembly of this quilt…

Can you imagine?  When I started this adventure I used to cut as I went to make a quilt.  I have seen the error of my ways.  Now I cut all, label the stacks, and it goes faster!   Imagine that?

And here it is by popular request – the obligatory cute puppy shot.

B.F. Walker

His eyes may tell you he is innocent of all charges, but his leash and collar tell the real story.


NOTES on chewed pumpkins:  I recently read somewhere, that a bit of pumpkin is good for dogs.  So I’m thinking of cooking it down, mashing it up and then mixing with a bit of brown rice to make frozen dog treats.  (2 p to 1 r)  If you know differently, please do tell!


Can you see me?


How about now?

This Eastern Garter snake is non venomous and a pest predator. I enjoyed seeing it hanging out behind my new herb bed.  I have (had?) a resident vole that moved in and stayed for the past three months.  Although, I haven’t seen the Garter snake or the vole for a couple of weeks…  🙂

Learn more about Eastern Garter snakes:  CLICK HERE


All wounds heal given time

Remember this?

No?  OK, you can read about it HERE

This is solid oak and we couldn’t even give it away for firewood!


Well, after 10 years, and four tries to get a lawn going,  we finally paid someone to get the job done!  The result?

We have a lawn!

The Log pile is gone! We had to pay the gardener to haul it away.

This is going to be a load of work this summer.

We’ll need to eradicate the grubs,

To chase out the moles,

To stop the little dog

from digging big holes!

And Evermore we will have to mow, mow, mow.  I think I like Tootlepedal’s lawn better.  It is a perfectly mowed postage stamp of short, green, turf, and all surrounded by hedges and gardens.  LOOK HERE  about half way down the page.  He and his wife are always doing something to make it gorgeous and bird worthy.

Why did we do this again?  Oh yeah, because the dogs need a lawn so I don’t have a new layer of mud, leaves and dirt on my floors every day.

Now here is a funny thing; growing the lawn successfully has brought on a desire to garden again.  I have begun in this corner and will expand it bit by bit.

You see that gazing globe?  I have had it for maybe 20 years and never put it out when we moved here.  I should have because I really like to look at it, but I was afraid that the wind would blow it over, or a tree branch would smash it.  What a waste it has been to own a lovely thing and then leave it wrapped up in the well house for safe keeping.  I have taken measures to try to keep it wind worthy.  I placed a bit of rebar through the center of the pedestal and pounded it deeply into the ground.  The portion that stuck up through the center of the glass ball is well padded and helps to keep everything safe and steady.  Now it puts a smile on my face every time I see it.

The grass is always greener where you can actually grow it.

What has spring induced you to do in the garden?