Saturday, February 19, 2011

My Sister's Visit

Back in January, my sister, Barb, and her family visited Razzberry Corner!
And I clearly wasn't thinking straight ~ I didn't take any pictures while they were here!
Luckily Barb took pictures, which I borrowed from her blog, Barb's This and That.
Normally I am the one taking pictures, hence, there are NO pictures of me in my blog.
Alas, Barb broke my no picture streak and posted a picture of me and my boy Leggy. 
I remember how very cold it was on that January day. 
If you look closely, you can see his spur on his left leg.  He's got some SERIOUS spurs. 

Leggy and Lynn
 While they were here Barb collected eggs and visited all the chickens.  Here are some of the chickens roosting and preparing to go to sleep.

Top row, left to right ~ Muffin's tail, Freckles, Zoner, Raspberry Leggy, Meg, Lilly, Blackie, Charlotte
Bottom row ~ Chloe, Bella, Cinnamon, Jade, Ethel
 Down by our well there's this huge old tree ~ to me it looks bigger in person than it does in the below photo.  I love it because it must be so very old.  If only trees could talk, I'd know all about the history of this property.  The tree makes me think of the Ents, the talking trees in The Lord of the Rings and The War of the Ring by J. R. R. Tolkien.  I've named this tree Treebeard, after one of the Ents.

Here's Barb and her son JJ in front of the tree.

Barb, JJ, and Treebeard

This was a root from the tree that ran across the ground.  It had a little hollowed-out-spot that a small animal could have used as a home.

Treebeard's root
Here's a picture of a Guinea ~ I think it's a female.  I'm still trying to figure out the gender of the guineas.

Lone guinea

And finally, here's a picture Barb took of my old home.  It's a work-in-progress.  The renovation progress never moves as fast as I wish it would, but that's life! 

Thanks for visiting!


Kritter Keeper at Farm Tails said...

what a lovely post! your home is adorable and i think that tree is a walnut? but i am not sure. i love trees too and had to cut our elm down due to a disease that ruined it. dutch elm disease. love all of your chicken babies! have a wonderful weekend!

Farm Girl said...

I am so glad your sister took pictures. They look wonderful and I love how big that tree is, I am sure it is a Ent. Your house is awesome.

Gail said...

Great pictues and a beautiful home.

Kessie said...

Isn't it wonderful what other people find to take pictures of that you would never think of?

About telling the sex of guineas, I've heard that the only way to tell is by their talk. Only females say "Buckwheat! Buckwheat!" I had a female guinea once long ago, and she never ... shut ... up. I just thought it was funnier that girl guineas talk more than male guineas. Kind of like humans! :-)

Terry said...

That's a mighty and old tree. Really cool. I enjoyed this post very much.

Lisa said...

You have a beautiful house. I'd love to have such a nice home.

Farmgirl_dk: said...

How cool that your sister came for a visit! Love that picture of you and Leggy. :-) Very fun to see you on the other side of the camera!

CaliforniaGrammy said...

What fun to see a picture of you and your home. It makes if feel as if I know you better when I can see you sweet face! Thanks Barb for taking these pictures.

Verde Farm said...

How wonderful to have your sister come visit. You can see she enjoyed your chickens and being there. Your home is just beautiful--such a great place for you all to be putting your love into. The only way I know to sex guineas is by seeing the ones sitting on the eggs and knowing they are girls :)

Razzberry Corner said...

KK - Randy says that tree is a tulip popular. He knows all about trees and is always telling what kind of tree this one and that one is. He has done logging on other people's properties and sells the trees at local sawmills. Thanks for the weekend wishes ~ hope you had a great one, too!

Kim - I am glad Barb took pics, too! :)

Gail - Thanks!!!

Kessie - Yeah, I've heard about the 2 syllable voice vs. the one syllable voices in the guineas, too. But it's hard to see which one is making the noise - we have 10 of them, and together the flock makes so much noise. And then when I figure out which is a female, I can't tell it apart from the other 8 light-colored guineas. If they all had unique colors it'd be easier! I always honk back at them, trying to make their own sounds. I make a 2 syllable sounds, as I'm a female! They have gotten to know my version "guinea honks" and all come running when I call them.

Terry - Thanks!

Lisa - It is an old work in progress. I miss newer homes, that's for sure. One day this one will be really nice!

Danni - It's weird to post pics of myself!

CA Grammy - I'd probably post more pics of myself if I had them, but I never photograph myself! The blog is what I see from my point of view. I don't ever see me! :)

Amy - I haven't seen any guinea eggs lately. I look around where I see them hanging out, but no eggs in the grass. I thought maybe they weren't laying since it's winter. Last autumn they used to try their hardest to keep their eggs secret from me. When I found the nest, they'd move to a new area. I so hope in the spring one of them sit on eggs and they raise some of their own keets. Can the dark colored guineas mate with the light colored ones and have mixed keets? If they don't have their own babies, we'll probably raise some more keets with the help of a broody hen. Ahhh, summer fun - can't wait!!


Toni aka irishlas said...

So nice your sis came to visit. Nothing like having family around, even if it's only for a short time.

Robin said...

Wow that is one big tree. I liked the front on shot of your house as I could never picture it in my head.