I was at the park where my sons run for their cross country meets this morning. It's on the edge of town, where wild turkey flocks roam and forage and where buffalo and elk find refuge on a portion of land that is a preserve. I loved the quietness of the open land and watching Canadian geese and mallard ducks search for food around the pond.
I have quickly fallen in love with this large park that is surrounded by large pines and other trees. I love how nature is all around, you just need the eyes to look and see.
I hope you enjoy the photos.
Sending love from the lovely land of Nebraska,
The moss on the north side of a pine
Reflections on the pond
The morning sun breaking through
Buffalo in his grazing land
The elk were almost 150 yards away. I was amazed my the size of the elk's rack
The brown dots by the tree on the left are the buffalo grazing
Travis, Arliss, and I went out to do some errands yesterday. As we drove into Lincoln, we stopped to check out this amazing piece of sculpture. Being a staunch Farmall/Case/International Harvester family you can imagine our delight!
There are farming tools, attachments, and at least a half dozen grills from tractors on this piece. It's a veritable "I Spy" game all in one place.
We loved it. Travis was checking out the undercarriage and the various mechanical parts of the truck as well.
Sending love from a Red Nation,
That's Travis to the right checking it out.
The old typewriter and wooden chair are in the cab of the truck.
Make and Model
The grill of the truck
View from the other side
View from the back
Love the old plates
Front view and Travis checking out the undercarriage
Today the boys and I did some errands and decided to "meander" for a while. Even though we live in Lincoln, we can be completely out of town within minutes. A quick right turn and a few minutes later Arliss, Travis, and I had the windows down, music turned up, and were taking in the wonderful smells of clover, fresh air, and simplicity. I know simplicity doesn't have a smell, but if it did, it would be the smell of farms and open country roads.
We drove east for 15 minutes or so, quickly finding gravel roads and wide open spaces. We talked about the corn crops and soybean fields we passed. We talked about the farms we drove by, the livestock they had, and the machinery we saw in their fields.
The drive wasn't far and it wasn't for hours and hours, but when we drove back into Lincoln our spirits were refreshed and refilled. I have a feeling we will be taking drives in the country more often.
Sending love from a future farm, somewhere in Nebraska. :)
Shortly after my post "Yay for Saturday" my family experienced some major changes. My husband and I made the decision to move off the farm to another state where we could have some property of our own, live closer to his side of the family, and start over. During our four years on my family farm our immediate family experienced the loss of our jobs, our previous home, and too many things to mention here.
Travis and Arliss on my dad's 1948 Farmall "H" at our old farm
So, we sold our ducks, geese, and chickens to a young couple were just starting their farm nearby. After weeks of trying to find an alternate plan, we finally had to sell our sweet, hilarious goats. Many dear friends and family members came and helped us pack and finally we pulled out of the drive and headed west.
The goats loved sneaking into the garage at the farm to rest on the covered car.
Our 20 foot U-Haul carried the most important things, as I drove the minivan that carried suitcases and coolers of food. Our journey was messy and hard, but we arrived in Nebraska two days later. After a lot of discussion my hubby and I decided to live in town for a year while we looked for the right piece of property to farm.
In the next ten months or so we will search for acreage that will allow us to hobby farm. In the meantime I have created a board on my Pintrest page called Our Future Farm. We live near fields of golden corn and acres and acres of soybeans and in town there are fields of hay that are cut and baled into the large round bales like we had on the farm.
People in Nebraska are kind, courteous, and helpful. We have a strong church and solid jobs and a chance to start over. In the meantime, Arliss and Travis attend the large high school near us and participate in sports like they did "back home." It has been a long process, but we will make it. In the months to come I will collect ideas for our new farm and be grateful for the time we had on our old farm.
I won't be ignoring this blog, but my posts will definitely have a different vein for a bit. I am including some of the new pictures I have taken of our new home state.
Today has been sunny, breezy, and perfect so far. The animals are grazing and soaking up the sun.
Laundry is hanging on the line, I am wearing my favorite overalls, flannel, and baseball cap.
Birds are singing, tractors are driving by with discs, plows, and harrows to finish up field prep before planting... All I want is a hammock and a good book-- but there is always something else to do here.
And yet, I wouldn't have it any other way. Hooray for Saturday!