Fingerprints on my Clouds

Clouds are like fingerprints. There are never two the same.

prairie sky 6

And they make a mark on the day.

Today the peafowl went up to their spring quarters. This is so they do not devour an entire vegetable garden  in a sitting which they can and have done in the past. So they stay in their palace until the gardens are established. They went in with no fuss at all – (though Inaki blanched when I walked out across one of the rafters,  far up in the Gods of the barn, to head them back to the door but The Beam was my favourite when I was doing gymnastics as a young thing) – then the peahens walked straight into the Peacock Palace. Generally they sleep in there at night except when they are being naughty and sleeping in the garage directly above my car! So it is not a problem for them. Now I just have to catch these last few white chickens, I will set the Cadet on that job she is an excellent catcher of birds, they don’t even know they have been caught she is so stealthy.  Once the majority of the birds are corralled and after this next bout of bad weather  (and it is forcast to be very cold) the gardens will really begin to get in the swing of spring.


The yellow magnolia is planning to flower this year.

green spring

Good morning. Saturday today and we stand down slightly. Now that I have help we do just the regular chores on the weekends.

Love celi

45 Comments on “Fingerprints on my Clouds

    • Thank you. This area is a gift for open land and sky. All I add is a little contrast. A little more i shoudl say as this is the land of contrasts! c

  1. Stay warm, my friend, spring is nearly here. We’re having a warm spell (mid 50sF), so it feels near tropical. Windows open, laundry drying outside — feels like spring. Happy weekend to you! xx

  2. I’m more itchy than usual waiting for spring to come really, so I can plant. It’s so much work, you’d think I’d enjoy the time off!

  3. Can’t wait to see the yellow magnolia in full bloom again. Laura

  4. Things are warming up beautifully here in the Dordogne. It is 14 today and predicted to be 19 tomorrow but next week is a bit cooler. I am behind on my vegetable garden with my trip to South Africa and organizing for my poor daughter to fly tomorrow from South Africa to Los Angeles for emergency gallbladder removal surgery. But there is still time and I squeezed in a dark chocolate Guinness cake this morning.

  5. Can’t wait to see the blooms on your tulip magnolia! We have one, but it’s flowers are purple, and beautiful, and it’s the very first tree to flower in the spring! First come the gorgeous flowers, and then the leaves! It’s a good thing to ‘kick back’ a bit on the weekends!!! Do you have hammocks? Laying in a hammock at the end of the day and reading, or just staring into the branches of the trees, or at the barn, or birds, and maybe even drinking a glass of wine is my treat at the end of a long day of working on the farm. Bliss!!! 🙂

  6. Is that a forsythia behind the magnolia? It looks like its yellow blooms are cheering the magnolia on. 😉 We have a number of forsythias in our yard… but only one blooms! We’re too far north for some types. I LOVE when we see those yellow ‘leaves’.

      • I believe there’s a lot of cider drinking and a lovely idea where groups of friends nominate an individual to be in charge of a kitty, which they all pay into, before the serious drinking begins.
        Do tell Inaki, that I have eaten the most amazing Basque food in San Sebastián and that I have a very good friend in London, from Bilbao, who literally lives to cook – on occasion she lets me cook with her. She says that she’ll take me to Bilbao one day to watch her mother cook… 🙂

  7. Perhaps I can send up a small waft of heat from down here to open up those big fat magnolia buds. It’s still very hot here, winter is taking a long time to arrive, but I am looking forward to getting back out into the garden and getting the jungle back under control.

    • I will take all the warmth you care to send! We are getting tired of the cold. the spring winds we are used to but I will be happier when it warms up. It is so windy today even the cows have gone in.. c

  8. It looks like I am standing in your shoes today. I have just received a flock of 10 Japanese Quail at work to raise for feeders. And I did a photo shoot as they set up a honey bee hive down in our native animals area. I’m intrigued with these little birds. They are 4 weeks from maturity, and apparently the maternal instincts have been bred out of them, so they do not brood. I’m waiting on an egg turner.

    • So they lay but do not sit? Interesting. I have heard that when quail get a fright they jump straight up in the air and if the top of their cage is hard and too low they break their necks. Maybe that is a different kind of quail though. I have just turned the incubator on just in case we find some fertile eggs tomorrow.. Well? you never know.. c

      • Yes, this species of quail (it’s a combination of several species, actually) will jump straight up and break their necks. Ours are currently in a large 8ft stock tank, and they can’t get up to the top. Yet. Race you to the first hatchlings of the year!

  9. Love the hint of green in the trees. Good luck with your garden. Sounds like your help will save the day and your back. Did you do a solid dismount off the beam? I would have loved to see the expression on Inaki’s face. Well done!

  10. I always say “look up”; cloud art and night sky stars are amazing. As Kate mentioned this years Autumn is warm -temps consustentky in the 30c’s, although the nights are tending to blessed coolth.

  11. Boring me loves clear skies or just a few plump pure white clouds gently floating about: your skies would feel a tad threatening to me . . . And I hate a wind stronger than a gentle breeze 🙂 ! We are having a lovely autumn – are half-way thru’ with the first day back on normal time today, but are still promised 30-33 C for some of the days this week. I am delighted: the bushfire threat should be past but I have not had to turn on the these days very expensive electricity ‘heatbank’ to get the cottage warm . . . my purse is saying ‘thank you’!

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