2021 June, July, August Catchup

Halfway there to catching up on our year. In May hay season began. I got shingles, ugh!! I canned last year’s leftover potatoes and we use them weekly.

My first rose of the season.
Wild honeybees came to stay for the summer.

Our honeybees died out during the early spring but wild swarms came in this month. The garden and greenhouse kept me busy as did the yardwork. We split the firewood that had been cut for the winter and stacked so the air could blow through it and season it for the winter.

The beginning of the last firewood cut!! It ended up with eight ranks out in the open and the woodhouse 3/4 full!!

July was more of the same, still under quarantine but working as we normally do every day on the farm.

August found me and my younger brother, Dean, heading to North Carolina after our booster shots to visit our oldest brother and his wife, Richard and Linda. Dean got this trip for being brave enough to have his Covid shots, he is petrified of needles. The promise to him was an overnight trip if he took the shots and it worked. He called it his vacation and it was wonderful to see Richard and Linda.

Richard and Dean in North Carolina
Linda, Richard and Dean photo shoot after lunch out at Cracker Barrel.
A treasured visit I’ll not forget!
This black hornet nest was built on the end of our satellite dish arm! It took four nights of heavy spraying to get rid of them. Worst bee year we’ve had in awhile. There three of these built at the same time about 30 feet apart.
Harvest began
Positive time with each other at the pond!!! Our two grandchildren, Declan and Victoria!
Eddie built me four flower boxes for the front porch, and they were lovely filled with flowers all summer and into fall.
Arizona Red
Celosia in my flower boxes
This is Chicken of the Woods formally called Bracket Fungi.
This was our first experience with this foraged food.

Well, I know I’ve missed some things for this update but let’s just say we’ve survived another year of Covid but intend to stay safe until this monster is well under control. Next update and last update for 2021 will be posted tomorrow. Until then, be safe, smile and love one another!!

Author: countrygirllifeonthefarm

I am a wife, mother, and grandmother that lives on a farm in Craig County, Virginia and I am retired. I love to cook, read, quilt, craft, garden, hunt and take long walks in the woods. I have one gorgeous teen granddaughter, a wonderful little grandson and two beautiful and caring children, boy & girl. I've been married to my farmer husband for 46 years and he's the "love of my life"!! I love doing things the "old" way such as canning, making maple syrup & cider, handcrafts and baking. I've taught myself to crochet, embroider, and quilt with help from my paternal grandmother. I could read until the cows come home. We live off the products we raise and hunt for the most part. We run 75 head of cattle on our farm, 30 chickens, three rabbits and one dog. I help my husband with the cattle, feeding the livestock, hauling in firewood, fence repair, and general maintenance on the farm. I was a stay-at-home mom to my children and then went to work when they finished high school. I was a cook at a School for At-Risk Teens and part-time substitute teacher. Then I started work at our local Farm Bureau and stayed there for 17 years. I worked at Virginia Tech for almost five years and decided to take early retirement in July of 2015. NOW, I'm a full-time farmwife and loving every minute of it! I love to read fiction and the Bible. I'm currently hooked on quilting novels and Annie's Attic mysteries. I started this blog in 2011 and have met so many interesting bloggers and have kept up with my friends through my blog. I love to hunt with my bow and rifle and with a camera. We hunt to fill the freezer and cellar but would never kill anything for the fun of it. I have friends and family all over the United States. Some of my ancestry last names are Bradley, Dickson, Hylton, and Rose. I've lost both of my parents to brain cancer and miss them very much. I have one sister and four living brothers. I was raised in Paint Bank VA and moved to New Castle VA when I married. I went to school in Waiteville, WV, Gap Mills, WV and New Castle Va with a short semester of college at Virginia Western Community College in Roanoke VA.

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