it's that time of year

it's that time of year

a middle tennessee garden blog

finding beauty in the natural things around us makes for one happy self and a lovely life. ~marmee

dash home farm, leiper's fork, tennessee

Thursday, April 16, 2009

work hard-play hard

being outdoors is what spring is all about.

we have fluctuating spring when it is warm enough...outdoors we go.

taking in all the sights and bluebirds.

this day was dedicated to tilling hard and playing with the dogs.
dh teaching david to plow the ground...for corn, beans, squash, & pumpkins.

beatrice was curious about all the commotion...noise.
until she saw abbey and i reading on the quilt.
our dogs love soccer balls...especially buster brown(2yrs).
i never thought i would have 4 dogs at one time...but it is going smoothly.
our two puppies...1 year old bronte' and 2 month old beatrice are having a
great time getting to know each other. maggie(14 yrs old) stays a good
distance away from all the activity.
abbey was pretending to be a dog...she probably wouldn't want me telling.
but she is just so

we are enjoying these lovely days so much and i hope ya'll are too.
happy springtime days to you all.


Unknown said...

Looks like a GREAT day!! Beatrice is so cute, although Abbey has her beat by miles and miles!!!!

Cheryl said...

Dear Marmee....I do so enjoy seeing your lovely family. Abbey is such a delightful child....I know I would like her very much....her eyes tell her story so well.....

I love your puppy.....and so wonderful to see her interacting with the other dogs.....

Enjoy the warmth of the sun on your skin.....and thank you for showing us your DH working the land......

Frances said...

Oh they are all adorable, Marmee, four legged and two legged! You are so right about the fluctuating temps here, we are waiting for the warm weather to settle in for good. Tired of running the heater at night! My tomato seedlings are all frost killed, I am hoping they regrow, or we will have to BUY some, after all that work to start the seeds too. Oh well. That's gardening, isn't? Good with the bad.

Susie said...

Looks like a wonderful family day to me. That new puppy sure is a cutie!

TC said...

It warmed somewhere near the mid 60s here today. Still too wet and soggy to do any real gardening, and there's hardly any forsythia blooming. I get very impatient waiting for warm weather here in zone 5.

Gail said...

It looks like you had a wonderful day...playing and working outside. Abbey is a sweetie pie and the new puppies is a fluff ball! I am enjoying the days thank you! It's hard to come inside and do chores. gail

Lisa said...

Love warm days! And I love dogs!! We have 3. And 3 cats also. We have been planting away with this good weather.

Lisa Q

marmee said...


indeed what days should be made. oh thank you 'bout abbey, she also has personality to boot.

marmee said...

dear cheryl,

abbey is a very likable child and she does well with adults. i think it is so important what your eyes say about you.
our little girl lady beatrice(that's what i call her) is just fitting right know it's was meant to be when that happens.
i am so proud of that dh and his hard work...he is really pushing himself.
it is supposed to be a great day tmrw and lots of warmth and sun...we will be at it again.

marmee said...


we have had the same thing happen with most of our seedlings. they were getting so leggy we moved them in and out but finally left them out and the frost nearly got them all.that is the way of gardening, it certainly prepares you for life. there are ups and downs. we will be planting from seed. i think next week mid week is when we are planning on starting.
thanks for your kind words about the dogs and kids. i am kinda partial to them all myself.

marmee said...

susie, i love sharing family time out of doors, there's something wholesome about it.
our little pup is just adorable and fun to watch.

marmee said...


it is very wet here too, that is why there is a lot of stopping with the tiller. i can't even cut all of our front yard because it is too soggy plus i don't want to get the tractor stuck in the mud.
we are to get to the low 70's tmrw. great weather.

Jayne said...

I love this time of year so much, and am trying to soak it in before it gets sweltering hot and we start complaining that we wish it would cool off a bit. :c)

Roses and Lilacs said...

I love the wreath. Did you make that? Very unusual and pretty.

And still the cutest puppy in blogdom.

marmee said...

gail, i know what you mean about in the inside chores. i run to do laundry and then back in to put together lunch then run back out. what great days these are. more tilling, cleaned out the barn, & painted a fence today.

marmee said...

lisa q,

so glad you have been able to plant/we are waiting until next week. today was so nice and warm and beautiful. we have 2 cats too. hoping to add sheep soon.

marmee said...


i know what you mean why can't it just stay around 70ish always. this early evening is just perfect.

marmee said...

thank you i will tell beatrice of your admiration.
i did not make that wreath but i searched for it for a long time. i like the feeling of natural, woodsy, and whimsical mixed all together. i used to make all that stuff and sometimes still do.

Wendy said...

Happy Spring!! I love being outside - every chance I get. To work or play.

Your pics are lovely. Little Abbey so sweet. Your pets rolling in the sunshine and just enjoying life.

marmee said...

wendy, another perfect day today, the weather was so nice. we were out there all day and part of the night. happy spring to you and i hope you are getting to spend a lot of time outdoors too.

joey said...

I can see why you are loving these lovely spring days, Marmee ... your days are filled with joy!

Meems said...

Beautiful country living.

I got that picture clearly... you and Ab laying on a quilt whilst the man-child and man-hubby wrestled with the plow... what's not to love?
Meems @ Hoe and Shovel

marmee said...

joey, i totally agree, what's not to love. i feel exactly that way. happy spring.

marmee said...


yes i had already done my share of work, hehe, by the time they started. plus i needed to spend some quality time with my sweet girl. i have been cleaning out the barn for days...with a sore back and aches all over...but things are getting into shape...they all want me to as not to have to do any more.