Red Dirt Farm and Studio

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Good Sunday Morning. I am treating myself to a slow quiet morning.

What are you up to?

I had left-over homemade pizza for breakfast. 

It was delightful. 

Fresh basil from the garden, which will soon be just a memory.  Though I have attempted to hold on for a bit, by transplanting the basil to a large pot and bringing it indoors.  We shall see, it already looks less than happy with the move.











The weather has certainly turned a bit cooler this week, especially the nights feel full-on fall.  This morning the temperature was 38F when I got up.

  I have heard varying thoughts on if we will have a hard winter or a mild one.

All the critters that visit our little plot of land seem to be storing food for the winter months. George the groundhog, Thomas the turtle, Peter Rabit.  The million and one squirrels that frequent our feeding establishment.

One thing is for certain, we can’t control the weather.


This summer, the vegetable garden was a near disaster by many accounts, and yet it is still producing peppers like crazy.

Among the winners this year, were potatoes, beets, and cucumbers.

I managed to do a bit of canning until my supply of jars ran out and there were none to be found locally.  A run on canning jars this year due to the pandemic and folks trying their hands at home preserving.  Who would have seen that coming?

I’m sharing a few canning photos from earlier this summer.

This morning I watched a couple of episodes of Rick Steves travel show on PBS. 

I have had the travel bug recently.  Is it because I know I can’t travel?

  Midway through the second episode of Scotland and the many islands off the coast, I had the overwhelming desire to sell everything and spend the rest of my life traveling. 

There I was in the middle of travel dreaming and an RV popped up on my screen for sale.  Yep, pack up the husband, the dog, That Cat a handful of chickens and hit the open road.  I could almost feel the breeze in my hair.

Maybe that’s quarantine talk and the fact that I have been playing a CD that I purchased years ago while in Venice. It reminds me of my past travels.  The CD is old-world music played on a lute.  I find it completely relaxing.  No harsh vocals or mind stirring lyrics; a good escape from all the non-sense in the world.

I’m off to do more daydreaming.  Have a lovely day and be safe.


Until next time,

XO Kim

18 thoughts on “Wanderlust and mushrooms

  1. D. A. Squires says:

    This Sunday morning I am still drinking pumpkin spice coffee and was surprised and thrilled to find your post : ) Kim, your photos are gorgeous, I love savoring them. Food for the soul. Just so happy to hear from Red Dirt Farm again, love to peek in virtually : ) xo Debbie

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    1. Hi Debbie – guess pumpkin spice in FL is a reminder of your life up North? I had a second cup of coffee (plain) this morning, something I rarely do. I gives me the shakes if I drink more than one cup. Thanks for the virtual peek and hugs to you! Stay safe. xo kim


  2. pennross says:

    Between your writing and photos I feel like we’ve shared wonderful visit. You have a knack for communicating your story. Thank you!!

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    1. Well, Penny – that’s just about the nicest thing you could say! Thank you. Be well my friend. xo kim

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  3. Kirsten Bett says:

    Stunning photos! Ling time no see, we moved from Featherston NZ to Leeuwarden NL and I now have a blog about pets, places and people I am writing a book about how Wilma experience dout emigration to New Zealand and back. Would live you to follow my blog back!

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    1. Hi Kirsten – I feel like a total idiot, but I did not see on your blog how to follow – by email or otherwise. Thank you for popping in here and sharing your thoughts. I would like to see your posts? xo kim

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      1. Kirsten Bett says:

        How weird Kim, I will look into it. I think you can just click on follow… Will check if it still works lol. Good to see you here again!

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  4. Donna C. says:

    Kim- Please let me know the name of your CD. Thanks, nice to hear from you. -Donna C.

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    1. Hi Donna – the cd is called take another look behind. Renaissance and Baroque Lute Music, played by Gabor Zajzon. Very relaxing. Thanks for popping in.


  5. ruthsoaper says:

    Beautiful photos Kim. My husband and I talked about the same thing this year – selling the farm, buying an Rv and traveling. I thought we were the only ones crazy enough to consider traveling with chickens. LOL!

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    1. Oh Ruth – so funny. Nice to hear from you. I guess this year of strange things has prompted some us to think of things we never considered before. Of course the chickens would have to travel! I hope you and your family have remained healthy. I expect you feel as we do, that we work all the time and there is never any down time. Wouldn’t trade the farming lifestyle but… xo kim

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      1. ruthsoaper says:

        Actually our farm has been our refuge this year and I am so thankful for it. Traveling might sound fun but I don’t think it’s for me. We have stayed well so far but got word today that my father-in-law tested positive. He is in the hospital in Ohio about 2 1/2 hrs from us. My husband says he sounds ok and is not on oxygen. It’s a helpless feeling though so we are just praying.

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  6. Janine says:

    Your wildlife photos are amazing. Such diversity right at your doorstep, and they even come up to say Hi!

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    1. Hi Janine – we are fortunate to see lots of different critters, at least I think so, so I love nature so much. Of course I would try to make them pets if I could. Thank you for stopping in and saying hello. xo kim


  7. Ginny Agar says:

    Kim, I love your photographic eye….so many of your pictures I can imagined framed and on my wall, but I’d have a hard time choosing! All God’s creatures feel safe and cared for, it’s beautiful. Thanks for sharing. Ginny

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    1. Hello Ginny – you have made my day. I love spending time with my camera and nature, it is my favorite past time, I hope that my photos are a reflection of my respect and love for all creatures and nature. Thank you so much for sharing your kind words. xo kim


  8. Linda Schaub says:

    Do take more mornings for yourself Kim so that we are treated to your tales and of course your photos. So the homemade pizza for breakfast sounds good and I believe pizza has all the food groups in each slice. I saw the chili sauce (at least I think that’s what it is in the mason jars) – my mom used to love that chili sauce as she grew up eating it slathered on toast, or eggs. My grandparents would make Red Tomato Chow-Chow and Green Tomato Chow-Chow. My mom did not “put up” anything but once I was at Honey Baked Ham and saw the same type of chili sauce – it was my new fun present for my mom. I loved the critters, the turtle eating tomato – who knew? A walk in nature sets your day off right as does pizza (I could eat pizza any time of day).

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  9. Swankie says:

    Left over pizza for breakfast is such a mood and a great life choice


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