When I got in from the last of the evening chores there was a firefly in my boot – winking up at me. Here they call them lightening bugs. 


Although this all looks very peaceful, we had a busy day yesterday. The six little pigs were shifted into where the four big pigs had been.

And we finally finished the electric fence around last years wild garden for the cows so I opened that gate and very slowly the cows and calves filtered up into that small but luscious field.


The sunset was in all the windows by the time we were done.


At last – the winking boot.


Today is Valeries last day. She leaves at lunchtime. She has been wonderful company and a marvelous worker.

Though I am tired, we got lots of the list completed.

I hope you have a lovely day.


WEATHER: Hot and hotter.

Friday 0% Precip. / 0 in
Sunny. Hot and humid. High 94F. Winds S at 10 to 15 mph.

Friday Night 10% Precip. / 0 in
A clear sky. Warm and humid. Low near 75F. Winds S at 10 to 15 mph.


29 Comments on “FLY IN MY BOOT

  1. Bye bye Valerie. Was that Valerie hiding behind the leaves? Thank you for helping Miss C…please come back again. Now on plane to Heathrow.. Lots of love….love the piggies

  2. I don’t see lightning bugs here, but they’re around in different places I visit, and always a delight to see. One of my favorite quotations about writing involves a lightning bug. Mark Twain once wrote, in an 1888 letter to George Bainton, “The difference between the almost right word and the right word is really a large matter–it’s the difference between the lightning bug and the lightning.”

  3. I am going to take the Firefly in your boot as a lucky omen 🙂 I assume they don’t bite or sting? Laura

  4. So wonderful to have help!!! No doubt she will miss you and life on the farmy, as you will miss her! xo

  5. On a few occasions I’ve been out in the early evening when the lightening bugs are out flashing their messages to attract mates and it’s a magical sight. Nature is amazing.

  6. We call them both lightning bugs and fireflies here. My yard is full of them each year but I see fewer and fewer in other people’s yards each year as well. Pesticides wipe them out and small sanctuaries of tall, unsprayed plants like in our yards might someday be their last refuge if we are not careful.
    At night I can stand in my back yard and look into the trees and see dozens of them blinking, like the most fantastic flashing Christmas lights scattered in the tree branches. The ones flying across the lawn and in the trees are the males. The females stay on the ground, in the grass, blinking up at the males.
    I love these bugs and they always make me so happy to see them, especially how many we get in my lawn.

  7. Valerie and the cat enjoying the deck. I especially love the sunset in the barn windows.

  8. All of your photos were so meaningful today, and a bit sad – knowing that it was Valerie’s last day. You got some great shots of her, too. I especially liked the one where she was taking a photo of a chicken or pig, had her hat and boots on and was sitting on the edge of a wall. That one could be beautifully enlarged! Thank you for the beautiful sunset photos, too! Fireflies and ladybugs, two of my favorite things………….. Shoreacres, thanks for the reminder of that great line by Mark Twain!

  9. Yes, the photo of the sunset reflected in the barn’s windows is stunning…It just speaks of the end of a long day’s work on a farm. Just beautiful! I think it’s my new favorite Kitchen’s Garden photo!
    Bon Voyage Valerie…wherever you are going! I love your name…it is the title to one of my favorite songs…Valerie…written by Steve Winwood and sung so soulfully by the late, soulful and beautiful Amy Winehouse….

  10. I love your turn of phrase ‘The sunset was in all the windows by the time we were done.’ and then you showed the windows in the car and the barn, something I was not expecting. Beautiful.

  11. Sunset burning in the windows of the old barn bathed in twilight sliding into night..

  12. We used to get fireflies at the cottage but they’ve been few and far between. It’s been stinking hot here too, not pleasant at all.

  13. I haven’t seen any “night fairies” <–my word, this year. Too wet maybe? July is here and supposedly hot, so I'm hoping. Isn't that good luck? Definitely a good omen those critters…

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