Category Archives: Country Living

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Can’t wait for you to see this house!  I haven’t posted any Farmhouse Tours in awhile…Life just seems to get in the way but as soon as I saw this house, I knew I had to share.

Are you ready for me to tell you where you can see all of this house?  It’s a THISTLEWOOD FARMS!

I know that once you see these photos you are going to want more so hope on over to ThistleWood Farms and check out her entire blog.

No only do you get the see all of the home decor but a ton of amazing projects and decorating ideas.

DINING ROOM

Life Lessons From a House

LIVING ROOM

Life Lessons From a House

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COYOTES ARE EATING OUR WATERMELONS!

Crows and raccoons will poke holes in the watermelons or just scoop some of the insides out, but coyotes will eat them right down to the rinds. If they decide not to eat them on the spot, they will travel across an 80 acre pasture with them. They bite into them, pick them up, and just trot off with them.

Over the years, the only deterrent we have found that works is putting a tomato cage over the watermelons as they start to grow. The coyotes have yet to figure out how to move the cages and the melons can’t be pulled through the wire. We manage to save a few watermelons each year using this method.

Do you have issues with coyotes?  How do you keep them or other animals out of your garden?

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FARMHOUSE TOUR ~ Peonies and Orange Blossoms

 

I love this Farmhouse tour that I ran across on Peonies & Orange Blossoms.  This is a decor and lifestyle  blog about European-influenced decor, fashion and travel.  There is also some pretty good recipes so be sure to check it out.

The photos below are just a few of the tour.  You can check out the entire post HERE.

Touring a French farmhouse

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NEW TROPICAL LANDSCAPING & WHAT’S GROWING NOW

 

This has been an amazing spring in the garden.  I was making pickles by the end of April and the peaches were large and sweet. Having a warm winter has allowed me to get plants in the ground much earlier than normal.

My mother has been redoing the landscaping in her yard in an attempt to give it a more tropical feel.  Check it out and let me know what you think.

 

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How to Grow ~ PEACHES

Peach trees are not hard to grow but it does seem like it takes forever before they produce fruit.

If you are reading this, it’s probably because you were looking for information on growing peaches.  You have probably read several articles ( I usually read at least ten) on how to successfully grow them, planting techniques, and basically how to keep them from dying.

We have apples, plums, and peach trees.  The small tree in the foreground is a red delicious apple tree that I purchased from Lowe’s last year and I have managed to keep it alive for the past year.  There are also two small peach trees and two apple trees in the photo above.  The peaches on these trees are tiny and I have no idea if they will mature into an edible fruit.

On the other hand, below is a huge peach tree was full of peaches this year.  The most amazing thing about this peach tree is that it was not a purchased tree but grown from a peach from the grocery store.

My mother can grow almost anything and when she bit into one of the best peaches she had ever eaten, she saved the seed and planted it.  Just goes to show you that it doesn’t take a lot of money to have a fruit orchard, just a lot of patience.

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