Red Dirt Farm and Studio

growing flowers dancing with chickens painting joy


Kim of Red Dirt Farm and Studio

Life has been happening all so fast and full lately.   Some good, some not so good.  That’s life, isn’t it?

How about with you?  Are you out in the garden?  Making art? Taking care of your animals?

Father Cottage had surgery again this week, he is back home now, resting.  He doesn’t like having down time – then again I guess none of us do, when it is mandatory.

peanut and the tomatoe

I had a tossed salad for lunch the other day.  When I tried to cut a rather large cherry tomato in half, it popped right off the plate and rolled across the floor.  Lickety-split, Miss Peanut claimed it as hers.  She licked it clean of all the salad dressing then carried it over to the rug and laid down and took a nap with it right beside her.  I went out to the garden and worked for an hour or so when I came back inside the tomato was nowhere in sight.  I assume she ate it – otherwise, I think I would smell it rotting by now.

My furry, feathered and finned babies bring me such joy and then on occasions sadness too.  In the past few weeks, I’ve nursed a sick chicken, then one that got attacked by a hawk.  I didn’t think either one would make it, I’m happy to say they are both on the road to recovery.  Last night I was up a good part of the night with our other dog, Boo – as they say, sick as a dog.  He seems a bit better this morning.

We buried our handsome Henry last weekend.  He was 21 years old.  I can mark so many life events that have happened while he was with us.  I miss him.


Handsome Henry, my sweet boy – rest in peace.

Our gardens are starting to bloom.  We’ve needed rain, which we are finally getting.

rain on the pond

The hummingbirds are back and so it seems the gardens are buzzing with brilliant flashes of green, once again.


 I put my first planting of seeds in last weekend.  I planted several different kinds of sunflowers, zinnias, and nasturtiums.  I hope to do succession planting for several weeks this year.  The rains may keep me from doing that for a bit.


Metal sunflowers on my studio.  I made these at least 15 years ago, they still make me smile.

coral honeysuckle and clem

Clematis and Coral Honeysuckle.


Frost browned up the leaves on this clematis.


Lilacs scent every corner of the property.  Heavenly.


Vinca – periwinkle.


Sweet Violets.


Not so sweet Stanley keeps and eye on me while I cut flowers.

ethel helping to cut flower

Ethel helps in the garden too.


Fuchsia, looking a little more pink than purple now.  The new chicken run is complete (shown above) and all twenty of the baby chicks are moved in.

coconut and the fushia

Coconut says – hey Mom you hung this plant here for me to eat, right?

The gardens and animals and house projects are keeping me busy, so I’m not likely to post as much here on the blog these days.  I’m sharing short stories and photos here, a little more regularly if you care to follow along.

Thanks for being here today.

 xo Kim

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I shared this post on our Simple Homestead.

9 thoughts on “purple

  1. LD says:

    I enjoying following your photos. Always so colorful. They make me smile.

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    1. Kim says:

      That’s what I like to hear. Hugs to you.


  2. Pam says:

    We lost our Molly Cat recently too. Had her 12 wonderful years. It’s amazing how empty the house is without her. Here in Michigan no gardening yet. It’s only going to be 49 today:(. Hopefully by next week it’ll warm up enough to even want to be outside.

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    1. Kim says:

      Hi Pam, so sorry about Molly. These furry babies of ours wrap their paws around our heart and give us so much love and joy, it so hard to lose them. We had a Molly too, when he was born I thought he was girl, so I named him Molly. By the time I realized he was a he, the name had stuck and we like it. Hope you get some warmer temps your way. Thanks for posting a comment. xok


  3. Caroline says:

    Love to see your pictures and so sorry for your loss. We’ll catch you at the stand soon, the eggs were delicious! 🙂

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    1. Kim says:

      Hey Caroline – thank you – losing a loved pet is so hard, no matter how many times I’ve gone through it. They are my babies. Glad you enjoyed the eggs, and look forward to seeing you guys another time. xo


  4. says:

    So so sorry to hear about your beloved Henry. He had an amazing run at 21 years. Your metal sunflowers made me think of Jack and the Beanstalk, for some reason. A most handsome fuchsia. Tried to grow that here. Just once. What happened to that deformed tree – wisteria vines?

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  5. Debra says:

    I LOVE your sunflower sculpture! You are so talented! I am sorry about your Henry-he was indeed very handsome. The photo of the rain drops is stunning. I couldn’t get your link to work for me….the one about your more frequent posts.
    I do hope Father cottage will get well soon!
    Love to you all-including the birds and fish!


  6. Debra says:

    Dear Kim-I am going to shut down my Sparrowgrass blog soon but I wanted to tell you I’ll still be looking at what you’re up to. Perhaps you’ll get a note from me via snail mail sometimes. You’ve always been such an encouragement to me! I will still have my art blog-hope to see you there sometimes, and I do hope all is well at the cottage. Take care and God bless you all. Love, Debra


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