Red Dirt Farm and Studio

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Gosh, it’s been a while.

How are you navigating the big teeter-totter of 2020?

Everything is the same here on the farm and nothing is as it ever was.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hello. 

This summer in photos.

  The year of oddness continues.  The year everyone will talk about long into the future.  The year that brought us to our knees with blow after devastating blow.  We try holding our own and holding on.  The day to day challenges seems to keep coming.  We try to roll with them and say that it is what it is.  We try to be accepting.

I try to be thankful for what I have and grateful for even the tiniest of things.  Sometimes I fail.  Sometimes I fall short and it takes me down and under into a swirling abyss. 

 

We have had a very hot dry summer.   Day after day week after week, we watered the gardens until we worried about the well going dry.  Then late summer the rains came and they wouldn’t end.  Today is the third day of rain, remnants from hurricane Delta.  Weary from this rain, but do not want to forget those that have gone through such difficult times with weather-related incidents.  Fires and hurricanes. We must not complain.

My weeks have passed with sameness, farm chores and tending to wounded and sick animals. Chasing away fox and hawks, all summer, unrelenting.  Loving on new chicks that have hatched.  Painting happy little scenes that are a reflection of my life here on the farm and my love of nature.  I’ve painted mostly birds, and flowers and bees and butterflies.  Countless hours are spent cutting flowers, arranging flowers.  I have had the most delightful time setting up and arranging displays at the farm stand art wagon.  Each week I bake bread and arrange flowers and sell them along with my paintings at a small local market on Saturday, where we social distance, wear our masks, slather ourselves in hand sanitizer and sweat.  It is the same week after week.  I look forward to this time, and at the same time, I dread it.  I dread standing in the heat, and I dread coming in contact with people.  I am also so grateful beyond words, that I have had this place and these people in my life at this time.  Truly, it is what has gotten me through the days.

Since March I have been to the grocery store 6 times.  That’s it.  No shopping just for fun, I go in and get what I need and leave.  We don’t visit with folks, go out to eat or go to public spaces.  I have had several doctor and hospital visits, because of some health problems.  I go to the market on Saturday, that is my entertainment.  Work and pleasure rolled into one.  Speaking of which, I have come to realize the old saying that if you do what you love, you will never “work” again, isn’t for me, accurate.  My work – farming in particular is a labor of love, but I have come to that place of realizing that we have grown weary.   We work all the time, there is never any downtime.  We need more in our lives, actually, I think we need less, in our lives.  For five years I have worked hard at trying to grow our farming business, this year I have put in an incredible effort.  There have been lots of roadblocks along the way.  My little farm stand is now without much business at all in spite of my efforts.  Most of my customers have gone into “backyard” farming of their own.  I realize that the time has come to open my mind to other options.  I have been asking my spirit guides to send me signs of what is next.

 

I hope you all are well and have been able to navigate these times as best as possible.

 

Until next time,

xo Kim

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

13 thoughts on “Hello from home on the farm, autumn.

  1. pennross says:

    So many beautiful pictures!!

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    1. Hi Penny, thanks for dropping in and taking time to leave a bit of kindness. Xo kim

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  2. Ginny says:

    Hello Kim….You have been missed and so happy to find your blog today. You may not be aware of the joy and sunshine you bring to others when you write, but it’s true. Your pictures are wonderful and flowers spectacular. I find a peacefulness in your writing and that is so needed in these times. We are all searching to find our way and if we can’t enjoy physical comaradie we can be connected by sharing thoughts. And it feeds the soul. Your little farm is so full of good things, and you make it happen. Please share your thoughts often! Stay safe and well! Best wishes, Ginny

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    1. Oh Ginny, I am so happy to hear from you, I think of you often. My heart is happy for your generous words. Spread a little sunshine everyday, that song comes to mind, after reading your words. Thank you. Be safe and well. Xo kim

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  3. Linda Schaub says:

    It’s good to see you in my Reader Kim – and I am glad to see you say the Summer was with sameness … you certainly don’t need any more issues as you have had the past few years. I hope you have recovered from your medical woes and I am happy to see Boo dog is here in this post as well. I hope he is doing better too. I don’t know where to start but I love all the items you have been creatin’ whether they are paintings, fun vases of flowers or that luscious-looking cake. The hens and chicks … so sweet, I wanted to reach into the screen and pet them. Take care of yourself Kim – I hope you have a little R&R as the garden time winds down and you spend more time indoors again.

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    1. Hi Linda – I have missed your words, photos and kindness. Yes, I hope to have more time catching up as the weather cools down. I am surprised that Boo dog is still with us, each day is a gift. Thank you for sharing your kindness with me. Hope you and Parker had been getting by as well as can be expected. Big love to you both. xo kim

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      1. Linda Schaub says:

        Hi Kim – I notice now (not before) that you have changed the blog site title – well you sure can do that with all the paintings and creativity I saw, both finished and unfinished. It was a hot Summer here, likely there too – Fall is welcome even if it means Winter comes on its heels. Boo dog was not ready to leave his loving family thankfully. Parker is cozying up to me more and more – he says “you have peanuts, Winter is coming – please share now!” Take care of yourself Kim. XOXO

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  4. soila says:

    Nice pictures, positive feelings. Especially sudden chick butt brought a smile 😆 Overall quite nice serene place you have, haven for social distancing😊

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    1. Aw thanks so much, for your lovely thoughts. A surprise chicken butt is always good for a laugh! You have lovely work. xo kim

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  5. D.A. Squires says:

    It made my day, week, month(s) that you have posted again, Kim… I have MISSED your voice, photos, everything that is Red Dirt Farm. Such beautiful photos.. the COLORS make me swoon : ) Loved seeing the girls and Boo and your creations and the entire photo gallery. For the first time, we tried helping the monarchs with milkweed in our yard and then moved plants and caterpillars into an enclosure… at one point we had fourteen chrysalis’s and all fourteen emerged as monarchs in one morning…it was utterly magical.

    These are such difficult times, it’s hard to even comprehend the breadth of the impact and equally hard knowing it is far from being over. All that you do for the farm residents is amazing… they are so lucky to have an angel watching over them. Hope you will post again soon, Kim…xoxo Debbie

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    1. Hi Debbie – it always makes me so happy when you take time to read and leave your comments – always full of kindness and encouragement. Thank you. Oh, how it must have been magical to have those monarchs emerge for you. I have often said I wanted to do that. This year we have been very rewarded with so many more than normal. I hope it is because of my efforts to increase the native milkweed. I have a near by neighbor who is doing the same thing and we have been swapping seeds and plants and stories and taking pictures as they develop. It has been a rewarding thing during this difficult time, I’m sure you must have felt the same way. Nature uplifts the soul in so many ways. Thank goodness for that. Hugs from afar. xo kim

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  6. Geri Lawhon says:

    So many gorgeous and interesting photos. Thanks so much for sharing them with us.

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  7. The buzzard seems happy lol! Nice artwork!

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