Sean-Paul and I found ourselves unexpectantly alone Sunday afternoon as the older two boys went with their sweet daddy on an impromptu bike ride and Violet decided to stay in and catch up on reading the umpteen books she's got stacked next to her bed. As it was a deliciously beautiful Autumn afternoon, we two donned our boots and jackets for a casual Nature Walk around our property.
Let me preface this by saying that our acreage is landscaped *near* the house and the remainder is a very unkempt and not too recently cut alfalfa field. We also have two irrigation ponds on particular corners of the property that are mostly dry, but we found it necessary to peek into them and dicipher whether they were worthy of our time :) Sean-Paul pronounced them, "Kinda yucky mommy." So we didn't give them another thought!
Our sweet boy looking at God's splendor!
This is Sorel, very prolific in our area!
As we walked the full length of the property we had to stop at each wheel on the line so I could take Sean-Pauls picture. I have about 20 of these adorable shots :-)
A chance sighting of Tansy, turns out we have quite a bit of this delightful flower right outside our doorstep!
We took a chance and ventured across the road parallel with the wheel line to investigate the newly plowed field just south of us. We recently watched the tractor do his work at churning up the earth to get ready for Winter. There is also a lively herd of Antelope that live in this field and we watch their antics daily, but they were just far enough away that I couldn't get a clear photo of them, next time I hope, they are truly beautiful! Here Sean-Paul had to put his finger in the deep ruts the tractor had made, and he immediately said, "Oh, I got some dirt on."
Here is the little discoverer with the full-length of the neighboring field behind him!
And to our joy and (not) surprise, as we ventured back to the Eastern side of our house we rejoiced at the numerous Michelmas Daisies that were blooming for us!! They are only a week late, but I'm pretty sure they were just waiting for us to discover them on this fine day out, thank you Saint Michael the Archangel!
To close I'd like to share the beautiful Song of the Tansy Fairy from Cicely Mary Barker's enchanting Complete Book of Flower Fairies, this has been a favorite of ours for quite a while now...
In busy kitchens, in olden days,
Tansy was used in a score of ways;
Chopped and pounded,
when cooks would make
Tansy puddings and tansy cake,
Tansy posset, or tansy tea;
Physic or flavouring tansy'd be.
People who know
Have told me so!
That is my tale of the past; today,
Still I'm here by the King's Highway,
Where the air from the fields
is fresh and sweet,
With my fine-cut leaves and my flowers neat.
Were ever such button-like flowers seen--
Yellow, for elfin coats of green?
Three in a row--
I stitch them so!
Many Blessings for your nature days ahead with your dear children!!