Some sad partings on the wee farm. Some of our chickens are quite elderly now ( seven years old) and a black australorp just laid down and didn't get up this week. Though it is always sad, I'm glad she was able to get up and go, until she wasn't. We lost a tiny silkie bantam, likely to a hawk, while we were on vacation, and then our Mr. Merry went to sleep in his house Pap made him and didn't wake up. He was Pap's sweet, spoiled boy.
So, vacation-week two. Ceece and the kids left Saturday morning as Handy Man, Rae and her menfolk were heading in my direction. Big shift to wee folk who rise as early as I do.
It was a full, fun, hotter than you know what week. I knew Handy Man would be needing a good meal after a couple days on the road. I had gone to the farmer's market there in Flagler and fixed a big supper with fried squash, tomatoes, cucumber onion salad, and corn on the cob. They were ready to eat when they arrived in the afternoon and then we headed to the beach. I was excited to see how the boys would respond to the ocean. You know it is kind of big and wild and noisy. Mr. Smiley took one look and exclaimed, " That is dangerous." Giddy-Up was willing to get up close as long as his Papa stayed near. We sat in the sand with the baby and played and watched big brother. We then began to bring Mr. Smiley buckets of water and it wasn't long until he was willing to venture out a bit, though holding tight.
Giddy-Up was in heaven. He loved everything about that beach and would play and play until you dragged him home. I loved watching him imagine, create endlessly and with so much enthusiasm.
This little mister found a tiny pool more to his liking.
The boardwalk over the swamp FULL UP with gators was, umm interesting.
I don't know how many of these we picked up, trying to find one without a critter in it. We found exactly two with no inhabitants. See those gray spots where he is looking? Everyone a hermit crab.
He was sad to leave the beach. I was sad for him, he loved it so.
I'm so very thankful to make these memories with them. To hold these smiles in my heart.
Bless the Lord oh my soul. Bless His holy name.