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Monday, October 22, 2012

Raking Leaves


Yesterday was a beautiful day , warm sun and cool  fresh breezes a perfect fall day !

Papa , Miggy and I went out to rake all the leaves that had fallen during the windy days we had all last week .


Papa started by raking the edges of the property and made a huge line of leaves away from everything so it was easier for him to use the sweeper !


He started the campfire going to get the coals hot so we can burn some of the leaves !


                                         I love the smell of a camp fire in the fresh fall air !


Then he started up the lawn tractor with the sweeper ! Of  course Miggy has to herd him along !


                                           This leaf sweeper saves a lot of time and is great !


Papa would scoop up a bunch of leaves and then dump them by the fire pit so I can start to burn them !


                                   I couldn’t believe the amount of leaves we ended up with !


When Papa was done sweeping he took photos for me of Miggy and I playing in the leaves !



It was funny cause Miggy was digging and grunting like a piggy as she was doing this !


She stuck her head way under the leaves then swooped her head up and made them go all over her !


We figured out what she was doing , she was making a comfy bed to lay in ! Silly dog !

I took a brake from feeding the fire and Papa took over whilst I went to get some photos of a Downey wood pecker on the suet feeder,


                                All the goings on in the yard didn’t faze this little guy at all !


Then I went back to tend to the fire and leaves and let this little guy eat !

The leaves were wet after all the rain we had and burning that huge pile would of taken ages to get through so Papa loaded up the yard trailer 4 times and took the rest of the leaves to a garden dump area that's behind us in the field at the end of the in my laws property we call the back 40 !


     Here I am stoking the fire ! The sun was in my eyes and Papa was under the porch then he had suddenly called me and I realized at the last second he had my camera ! Cheeky bugger !


Then after it all Papa cut the grass and all is clean and tidy now ! It was beautiful weather and a  fun  day together even if it was just raking leaves and the best part we all smelt like camp fire smoke  !  To bad you couldn’t bottle the smell of a camp fire or have a candle that smells just like it !

It’s sunny right now and warming up . Miggs and I are going for our walk in a bit and I have a few more hanging planters to winterize today then we are all done the plants .

                     Until next time hope you have a sunny fall day !

                                 Country Gal


Gone Country said...

I love the smell of a fire also on a nice fall or winter day! We don't get that too often here in Florida so it's extra special when someone has a fire going.

Looks like Miggy was a big help... so cute making her a comfy spot to lay in!

Great shots of the woodpecker. I've never seen a Downy woodpecker in person so these were a treat! Thanks for sharing!

MTWaggin said...

What a lovely busy day you had and you have such a nice clean yard too. Love Miggy playing in the leaves - so fun that she enjoys that!

Muddy Boot Dreams said...

Looks like a fun day, and some good exercise...

I made my husband hold off on raking the gorgeous red leaves from the neighbours yard, I so loved looking at them.

Jen @ Muddy Boot Dreams

Pat said...

I love how Miggy gets right in the action! How cute!

Burning leaves it outlawed in many towns due to people having asthma.

But I do like the smell.

Our Neck of the Woods said...

Aww, Miggy looks like she had a lot of fun! Probably because she wasn't the one doing the work, haha. I love the photo of the fire, so cool!

Patsy said...

Hard work you can enjoy! I love this time of year.

Gail said...

Wonderful photos and job well done. That pile of leaves taken to the back forty will make wonderful golden soil to feed your plants come spring.

Jane and Chris said...

That is one posh firepit!
I love your leaf sweeper,it's just what we need here,but I'd be distracted and play in the leaves like Miggy!
Jane x

Muffy's Marks said...

Leaves are hard work. Living in the woods, we have lots and lots of leaves. Hubby blows them to the back of our lot, its a low area. We've been putting leaves back there for years, now we have the richest black dirt anyone could ask for. Oh, I love the smells of fall.

DeniseinVA said...

I haven't heard cheeky bugger in a long time, it did make me smile, as did all these photos. Can smell the smoke in my head. Lovely!

Primitive Stars said...

Hi...what a wonderful Fall day...enjoy raking leaves...and a cozy fire....Oh that cute in the leaves....Do enjoy the Downy...sweet little fellow....Blessings Francine.

Vintage Gal said...

I love the smell of a campfire on a cool fall day ~ oh I can smell it from here. We can't burn leaves anymore in Harrow, Ontario. They outlawed it, so we put them in bags and recycle.
Your downy woodpecker is so cute. I haven't seen any yet this year, but I am hoping. I have my suet out and my peanut feeder.
Have a great day ;-)

Faye Henry said...

Oh that was so much fun, Elaine and you are so cute.. smile.. xo