Author Archives: Debra Farmer

About Debra Farmer

I'm a wife, mother, and grandma, I live on the plains of central Kansas. I have chickens, goats and a miniature donkey. I also share my life with a very special toy Australian Shepherd, Wylie. Life doesn't get any better than that.

Morning Walk

Today was the first cool morning we’ve had all week.  It was wonderful to be out for an early morning walk.

A little sun dog.

We were out just after sunrise.  In fact we woke up a little fawn that was in the tall grass along side the road.  I wasn’t able to get any photos of it as I had to get ahold of Wylie!  The little fawn ran along the road and then went back into the tall grass.  Mom was out in the field watching!!

 

Cone Flowers  Echinacea growing in the ditch.  Some people use the flower buds and leaves for tea.  I was taught to dig the root for tea.  That’s what I drank last winter to boost my immune system.  Just steep the root and enjoy!!

My therapy.  We are so blessed to be out on the backroads.  No other sounds, just Nature

 

Headed home from our walk, cowboys were in the pasture gathering cattle.  Beautiful morning to be on horseback.   Wishing you a wonderful blessed day.

Spring Flowers

Sunrise welcomes a hot (not quite) summer day.  Doesn’t seem possible that the summer solstice is just a few days away.

My butterfly milk weed and spiderwort are beautiful this year.

While I was watering the zinnias I this guy crawled out of the mud.

Peonies were so pretty, but I lost a lot of honeysuckle (that grew on the chicken fence) to the cold weather we had in February.

 

 

 

Red Buds and Eagles

It was a cool overcast day, a trip to the lake sounded like a great way to pass the day. I was surprised how many others had the same idea! The campgrounds (that were open) were almost full. The adults were sitting around the campfires all bundled up in their winter coats. All the kids were running around play, riding bikes and not on their electronic devices. There were numerous Boy Scouts troops camping. The hiking trails were also busy. Wonderful to see so many out enjoying nature!!

The Redbud trees have been especially beautiful this year. They are native to this region of Kansas.

The eagles are back on their nest. They have used this nest for several years.

Perfect Day To Be On The Backroads

After being inside due to sub zero temperatures, it was so nice to see a day with no wind and in the 60’s. Perfect day to head to one of my favorite parts of Kansas. Post Rock country in Lincoln County, and parts of western Ottawa County.

Wide open spaces

Remains of a stone fence

Root cellar

Wylie and a big round rock.

Not A Normal Winter

It’s been a while since I posted and the format is completely different. Maybe that’s a good thing? We’ll see.

It hasn’t been our “normal” Kansas winter, (but what is normal anymore?). Mild temps and no moisture. It is wonderful being about to be outside without freezing your fingers and toes. We certainly have enjoyed being out and of course our long walks.

Our drive thru Maxwell Game Preserve. The bull elk were separated (by choice) from the cows. They were peacefully grazing.

On the west side of the preserve is the McPherson County State Lake. There are hiking trails, fishing, also 1 cabin that you can rent. There is some construction on to the west of the lake. It looks like a maybe camp ground is being built.

Backroad Hike

It was such a beautiful day and we were needing some extra outdoor time. We loaded up and headed west.

Cow, calf and cowboy silhouette

U B Church AD. 1882

A road well traveled. Thankfully not by many people. Plenty of evidence of deer and coyotes.

It’s A Beautiful Day

It’s a beautiful autumn day. The kind of day for a ride on the backroads with your head out of the window!!

The milo is about ready for harvesting.

Favorite colors of autumn

Gorgeous sunrise on our morning walk.

It’s the season for pumpkin muffins!

Here is the website for the Pumpkin Crumb Cake Muffins recipe. Be sure to follow Sally’s Baking Addiction, she has great recipes, I use her site ALL the time.

Fog And Smoke

We have been having a beautiful September!! The mornings are so cool and there has been a lot of fog. My favorite time of day are our early morning walks.

Sunrise through the fog.

Sunrise through the smoke from all the fires out West. It looks more like the moon! Thankful that we can’t smell the smoke. Prayers for all the firefighters and all in the those effected by the fires.

Signs of autumn. My favorite season!