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June 13, 2016 | Betsy's Backyard
A balloon flew over the barn as Bob was baling the last stretch of hay in the pasture. It was a beautiful day to bale hay. Three days later, quite unexpectedly, we got 2 inches of rain in a thunderstorm. These racks of grass hay smelled...see all
May 31, 2016 | Betsy's Backyard
We had a lot of debate on the Living the Country Life Facebook page about whether these are peonies. They are. The plant is about 100 years old and a single form peony. Bob found a stack of old straw in a corner of the hayloft and I'm using it to...see all
May 23, 2016 | Betsy's Backyard
This almost never happens, but Bob was able to rake and bale (small square bales) the first cutting of alfalfa on a sunny, hot, windy day in May. The hay was down for five days and never got rained on. Usually the first cutting is delayed until June...see all
May 19, 2016 | Betsy's Backyard
Our small farm is green and growing! Bob was able to mow the first cutting of alfalfa last night. It was choked full of invasive wild mustard. We are going to need to reseed our fields with Roundup Ready alfalfa so we can kill that weed next spring...see all
May 11, 2016 | Betsy's Backyard
I wanted to share some of Caroline's senior projects, as she graduates from Iowa State University this month. What a college adventure! At the senior gallery reception, Caroline showed her table, chairs, and ceramics. She designed and made...see all
May 4, 2016 | Betsy's Backyard
Our dear friend Tyler, age 29, Tech Sgt in a security force unit, died suddenly in April. Tyler was best friends with our oldest son, Nowlan, since they were children. Nowlan was honored to speak at his funeral. Here is an excerpt, followed by a...see all
April 27, 2016 | Betsy's Backyard
Our small farm is busting out all over with lovely things -- lilacs, lambs and much more. Here are some photos, including a beautiful wedding we attended on a farm in Georgia. Breathe it in. Old-fashioned lilacs never disappoint. Crabapple...see all
April 20, 2016 | Betsy's Backyard
We let the oldest lambs outside this week. The two rams in the pen next door were curious to meet their offspring through the safe fence. Bob doesn't text, so he left this note for the kids when he went to work. All of our kids were home...see all
April 15, 2016 | Betsy's Backyard
We are in the full swing of lambing and grateful for the fine weather this week. Most ewes are dropping sets of triplets with ease. Bob helps a few with more difficult births. I shot live video on Facebook if you want to see the birthing process. (A...see all
April 6, 2016 | Betsy's Backyard
April has been cold and wet so far. Bob took this photo of a neighbor who was too eager to work the fields for planting.  Meanwhile, a few miles away, I took this photo of a combine harvesting corn in April. Better late then never. This dead...see all