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I'm a mother of four grandmother of seven and great grandmother of one. I have many hobbies and interests but gardening and rug hooking are my main interest at the moment. I live with my husband in the house that we built with the help of my brothers and have been married for 51years.

Saturday, May 28, 2011


I thought that I would give you another post today as I'm all alone and my husband is gone to tend the bar at our church hall for a function.

Every morning I go way down one end of the barn to the milk house to get milk for the small calf and bring it  all the way back to the other end of the barn. I don't complain as I'm getting lots of exercise this way.  I do a few other little chores while in the milk house. As I opened the door to go to my calves, the first thing I saw right there in front of the little gate, (yes the same little gate that was left unlocked yesterday) was two little black kittens sleeping on the hay. I put hay there as sort of a door mat so the men can wipe their feet before coming into this part of the barn. It's a heavy traffic area, not a safe place for kittens.

I had no idea that the black cat was even pregnant as she was smaller than the other cats. She had given birth earlier in some unsanitary spot somewhere that I'll never know, because her kitten were a bit dirty. One had an eye partially closed.

 I put my milk to warm up for the calves and went home to get a box and my camera. I put my nicrile gloves on and when I tried to pick them up they hissed at me. I burst out laughing. It was so cute.  I grabbed them by the skin on their neck and put them in a prepared box and moved them just to the side because I still had to move the new born calf in his pen, and I didn't want them to be stepped on.  Soon after the mother returned and looked a bit upset that I moved them and smelled where they were. After a while she got in the box with them to nurse.

My new little calf was moved without incident and had to be carried by my husband as she did not want to get up and walk.  Very stubborn...I did my all my chores first  and tried to feed her but she still didn't want to eat but I managed to get half a bottle in her after a half hour. The same this evening. I took her temperature and she had no fever. I hope that she smarten up tomorrow.  She's so tiny.

I took a few photos of my flowers in the rain before coming in the house after work.

My dwarf irises are starting to bloom.

and some of my azaleas as well

this one is finish blooming and is on the way out.

My Angelique tulips are blooming late.
There's my crab tree starting to bloom

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Thanks for visiting my blog and leaving a comment if you can. Have a safe weekend.  JB


  1. I love to hear about life on your farm;
    sounds so beautifully Charlotte's Web!
    And your Springtime looks so refreshing
    ...it's hot and humid and summertime stormy
    Glad this comment works!

  2. I'm amazed at the blooms you have. Beautiful. So now you have 2 kittens AND a stubborn calf to mother. I hope the calf gets more cooperative tomorrow. It seems like a lot of interesting things happen by that little gate. You should install a web cam there. Lol

  3. Julia,
    The kittens are soooo cute! I think the mother wanted you to find them!
    Glad things are going better. Your flowers are surely beautiful and must give you much needed delight after all the chores are done!
    Cathy G

  4. your flowers are beautiful we have been rainy and cool most of last week but the next two days look good. the kittens are sweet and I hope your calf decides to eat soon.

  5. Beautiful gardens! You have a lovely way with plants--a true green thumb. And a lovely way with all the baby animals on your farm. The kittens are sweet! I'm promised a cat by hubby when we move. It's been a while since my last cat passed. I'm looking forward to a new feline friend! I hope your calf gets into the food soon!

  6. Julia, love to see whats going on around your house. There's never a boring moment there I"m sure.

  7. Lots of "new beginnings" going on at your farm....so lovely!

  8. Such cute kitty's there is treasure every where. I love all of your beautiful flowers. I would say it is worth the wait.
    Your tulips are just lovely.
    It all sounds so nice.
    I hope you have a good week.

  9. Love your flowers and I especially love those kittens. Same thing has happened here over the years...not so now, though...

  10. You are such a great keeper of the little ones.
    Your yard and gardens look beautiful.
    Enjoy your day .

  11. Thanks for your comments everyone and welcome to my blog Anne.and thanks for becoming a follower. JB

  12. Lovely! I wish I could come visit your wonderful garden or farm.
    Hugs, Mandy

  13. Julia, Your garden looks wonderful. I like your tulips the best.Thanks for all the encouraging words. I love those kittens Cheri

  14. Julia ~
    I just read your post about the birth of the new calf. You are a true hero for saving Rosebud!
    Your flowers are beautiful. I especially love that angeligue tulip.
    Sweet little kitties!
    Pug hugs :)

  15. Julia, your yard is just beautiful, so many different types of shrubs and flowers. I especially like the angelique tulips, very showy. Two sweet little kitties what a wonderful surprise, will you keep them? Have a wonderful week, hugs, Julie.

  16. What beautiful photos! Wish I was there to help you with the calf.....I SO love animals...The kittens are just adorable...Love your blog..Have a nice day.....

  17. You have more flowers in one bed than we do in our entire yard! Beautiful.
    As I was reading your post, one of my twins came up behind me and wanted to know about the kittens. They're so cute. Mama's kept them hidden well, since their eyes are already opening, they must be at least a week old :-)

  18. I forgot to mention it, but thank you so much for your continued prayers for Jordan. We know it's quite a miracle that he's doing as well as he is, and your prayers have been such a help :-)

  19. Ahh your kitties are just as cute as the ones I have here new on the North Forty. I have been wanting to show them too.
    I always love hearing about your life on the farm. I have to admit I am a tad jealous of you because even though it is very hard work it sounds so rewarding. Much better than going to jail every day. hahaha
    Your flowers amaze me oh how I wish I lived close enough to you so you could tutor me.
    Right now I have a huge fly problem in my front porch area and it has almost drove me crazy.
    On my way home today from work I am going to try and find some Basil plants I was told flies hate it.
    Have a great day

  20. Julie..... first of all, what a fabulous banner! I'm assuming you hooked that. Gorgeous job! I love hearing about your time on your farm. Those kittens are just toooo cute... and a new baby calf. Also, thanks for including garden photos. I really enjoy getting to peek at everyone's blooming flowers right now. It's so interesting to see what's popping out in different parts of the globe. Thanks for the blogger hint. I'm wondering though, do you have to look up each person's account? I just like to look at my links and it gets me right there (well, it used to... everything seems so bogged up lately) Really, I can barely get a comment to post. In fact, I usually do a quick copy first because I lose so many comments in the process of trying to post. I'll give this new method a try.

  21. Hi Julia~ I just wanted to let you know that I put a link to one of your older posts in mine today. Something that you had blogged jumped out at me and needed to be repeated...

    If I lived close to you I would BEG for the little black kitten. I loved it in the first picture, then I saw mom. What a beauty!!

    Blessings, Debbie