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Monday, 28 October 2013

Autumn days

A photo of the sky this morning. We have had heavy rain during last week. Its decided to give us a respite. We are always happy when it rains. Our dams and wells get full again.  As i was looking up at the sky.. it reminded me of little puppy paws walking up above.! 

                                     My dove family are not very far away.  Here is one
                                                Here are two

                                Was up to se Mr. M. who is not very well.  This is ginger's favorite place.. i think she is such a beautiful  puddy cat.  Mr. M has 4 cats and 2 doggies.
                                Mr. M's sheep - they are cheaters.  They come through my open gate to eat the nice new fresh grass growing.   Then the dogs send them back again.  See how they run
                                      Enjoying all the new green growth. they also like to eat the olive leaves.
                                     Jeffrey the great hunter.. he is always smelling something.
                             I am so happy.  I have never grown chrysanthemums before..and these are loving their place.. will be planting more.  So nice to see the yellow next to the green
                          Just keeping you all updated from "Quintinha das Rosas"..  You can see how within one month the green is fast growing through.    The horses have been moved up to the enclosure up at Mr. M's.  They are more than happy ..with their daily ration of oats.. along with  Rosie and Surprise.
I miss them.     But.. the wheel turns.. October is at an end.

wishing you all a good day.

val

26 comments:

  1. It is looking green, glad you got the rain. We have had some below freezing nights that killed all the weeds that were growing in the garden. I decided that I wasn't going to weed the greens but let frost do it for me. Warmer the last two mornings as it has been around the freezing mark.

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    1. Thank you to you there at Sunnybrook
      Does the ice not kill the veggies!
      must be very cold there.

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    2. No it doesn't kill my fall plants but has killed any thing not related to turnips and cabbage. Most of the weeds have died as did the marigolds. Few bugs are out but it doesn't kill them all as they take cover. It makes the kale and mustard taste better, they must have some kind of antifreeze at the cell level.

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  2. Glad to see this post, Val, with its lovely photos. How green everything is looking now that you've had rain. Thankfully we were spared the worst of the storm which battered southern Britain overnight.

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    1. Whew Perpetua.. what a morning.
      I thought i was going to have to go through all that nonsense again.
      it was blogger..that i know.
      So pleased you were spared some of that horrible storm. I watched it on tv and still watching some of it. Thank you Perpetua. xx

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  3. Hello Val, what a beautiful romantic sky in your first picture. Isn't it wonderful when the rains come; I can see the grass is greening for you, and the doves are happy at your place. Our grass is so brown, it is turning black - but there is a weather forecast for a violent storm tomorrow. I hope it has more rain than violence! Congratulations on growing that beautiful yellow chrysanthemum - I hope it lingers for many years. Love from Aus. xx

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    1. Hi Patricia,
      I was mesmorized by the sky this morning. it was all different shapes and designs.
      its really getting green now.
      Hope you get some rain. eventually the ground needs it.
      I am thrilled with the chrysanth... I must get more variety. x

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  4. Loved reading through a day in your life val. I loved the feeling of freshness in the air. The green grass, the blue skies.. so beautiful :)

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    1. Hello Pallavi,
      Its nice to read of our the places our dear blogging friends live .
      Its a beautiful day..but our weather is getting a little cooler.
      Thank you for coming over my way.. xxx

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  5. Nice to see your photos of green fields and lovely sky. Your yellow chrysanthemums look good - such a cheerful colour. Glad you have Jeffrey to keep you company and amused now that the horses have been moved.
    What a beautiful ginger cat. Hope Mr. is on the mend soon.
    Hope you have a good week.
    Betty ox

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    1. Hello Betty. It was a glorious weekend and today is being kind too.
      The rains have brought out all the flowers in their glory.
      My 4 dogs all keep me company.. Jeffrey is always looking for something.
      I do miss the horses.
      Thank you for your kind wishes.

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  6. Such beautiful photos and glimpses into your life. You header and red background are gorgeous too! So glad you got rain after your long dry spell.

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    1. Thank you Jen.. Its nice to change our header now and again.
      Today its a lovely day. Maybe rain later this week.

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  7. I wish I was rich - for I don't know why I am so drawn to go visit out there - I have a hard time picturing it. You have so many animals and flowers. And your land is gorgeous. Love, sandie

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    1. I think you would love the area i live in.. Europe in itself is beautiful. such old history. The sheep are family sheep.
      Thank you Sandie for your kind comments.

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  8. Nature is wonderful the way it picks itself up following a drought and seems to do it so quickly too.
    Sorry to learn that Mr. M is not well. Do hope that he is soon feeling better again.
    As you mention the wheel turns - I can't believe that we are heading into November already.

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    1. It seemed to have happened so quickly this year Rosemary. Not more than a month ago..the land was dry and brown. The rain is so welcome.
      Thankyou for your kind comments. Mr. M. is not too good.
      Yes.. November is upon us. how times go by and the wheel goes around. xx

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  9. i am sorry mr. m. is not feeling well. i hope he will be okay... glad you have gotten respite from the drought, too!

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    1. Thank you Tex. Mr. M is not too good. we hope medication will help.
      The rain has been like manna from heaven.
      hope you have had some there.!
      x

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  10. Val, the little sheep are so cute. I didn't know they could eat the olive trees. Your yellow flowers are coming along nicely. What a pretty color they are. I love the dove family. They look like mourning doves to me, and sometimes you'll see them in pairs. I love bird watching; it's one of my favorite past times. I bet the rain was much needed. I think it rained a bit last night because when I woke up this morning, the sidewalks were wet.

    Enjoy your week, Val.

    Love,
    ~Sheri

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    1. Its just passed lambing season here..so lots of little babies.
      I am so happy with my garden at the moment. The rain has been so welcome.
      I am sitting more and more with my morning coffee ..watching the birds around. Camera at hand. thank you Sheri.. glad you had some rain.x

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  11. How lovely to see the green returning to your lovely surroundings, Sorry to hear that Mr M is not very well hope he will be soon be better, Your chrysanthemums look so good especially after the difficult growing conditions you have, Thank you for the lovely visit to "Quintinha das Rosas".Sarah x

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  12. Its super to see the green becoming greener Sarah.
    Mr. M is not so good.
    I am chuffed withthe chrysanthemums..as its been such a dry summer.
    thank you for your comments. val

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  13. I am so glad you have had rain and your wells are fun again. The green looks so beautiful and I love the bright yellow flowers!

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  14. Life certainly look wonderful there. Loved seeing all the animal photos and your chrysanthemums are such a beautiful autumn color I didn't realize you had sheep. It was so funny that I saw a lady with a sheep on a dog lead the other day at the vet's office. First time I ever saw that!! Have a lovely day!

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  15. Hi Val, I'm catching up on my reading so I'm sorry this is late. Beautiful greens in your photos after all that rain and I love chrysanthemums too. Hope Mr M is feeling better. His sheep certainly know where to come for a bit of company! Take care.
    Patricia x

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