A Recent Farm Inspection

Posted by Francesca

We’ve been doing a lot of traveling lately visiting our homes in Maine and in East Hampton. We love going places, but we’ve been away from the farm a lot and Sharkey and I felt that we needed to conduct a farm inspection.

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Sharkey, there's always so much happening on the farm.  I feel like we miss so much when we're away!  Let's take the Kawasaki around and get ourselves reacquainted.

1 Sharkey, there's always so much happening on the farm. I feel like we miss so much when we're away! Let's take the Kawasaki around and get ourselves reacquainted.

Wow, Francesca!  Look how many Gravenstein apples are growing on the espaliers!  They're all turning a beautiful shade of red!

2 Wow, Francesca! Look how many Gravenstein apples are growing on the espaliers! They're all turning a beautiful shade of red!

Sharkey, I've always wondered why apples on the tree look as though they're covered with a gray dust.  Do you know what that is?

3 Sharkey, I've always wondered why apples on the tree look as though they're covered with a gray dust. Do you know what that is?

It's not dust, Francesca.  Apples produce a natural, waxy, coating to protect the fruit skin from cracking and to help keep moisture in.  It's perfectly safe to ingest.

4 It's not dust, Francesca. Apples produce a natural, waxy, coating to protect the fruit skin from cracking and to help keep moisture in. It's perfectly safe to ingest.

There are even more apples on the trees in the old apple orchard, Sharkey!  My, we are certainly going to have an amazing apple crop this year.  Just think of all the cider we will make!

5 There are even more apples on the trees in the old apple orchard, Sharkey! My, we are certainly going to have an amazing apple crop this year. Just think of all the cider we will make!

Look, Franny.  While we were away, our new guinea fowl friends were moved into their own private space in the chicken coop!  I guess Martha wanted them to have the company of hens and roosters.

6 Look, Franny. While we were away, our new guinea fowl friends were moved into their own private space in the chicken coop! I guess Martha wanted them to have the company of hens and roosters.

And not to mention, geese!  Hey, Pomeranians!  We Frenchies want you to take really good care of the guinea fowl, okay?  They need to grow strong so that they can eat all the ticks on the property to keep us healthy!

7 And not to mention, geese! Hey, Pomeranians! We Frenchies want you to take really good care of the guinea fowl, okay? They need to grow strong so that they can eat all the ticks on the property to keep us healthy!

The vegetable garden looks great, Francesca!  Look at how well the tomatoes are growing!

8 The vegetable garden looks great, Francesca! Look at how well the tomatoes are growing!

Very soon, we're going to have more tomatoes than we know what to do with!  Martha loves the tomato harvest and will can many of them for the winter.

9 Very soon, we're going to have more tomatoes than we know what to do with! Martha loves the tomato harvest and will can many of them for the winter.

Oh my, Sharkey.  I got so excited about all of the apples on the trees, I almost forgot about the pear grove!

10 Oh my, Sharkey. I got so excited about all of the apples on the trees, I almost forgot about the pear grove!

These Bartlett pears are an especially fragrant variety.  I can't wait until they begin to ripen!

11 These Bartlett pears are an especially fragrant variety. I can't wait until they begin to ripen!

Comments (12)

  • Hello Ladies,
    It looks by your panting, that you are doing a garden tour on a very hot day. Might I suggest you take a lemonade break. Apples, pears, tomatoes, oh my----how lucky you girls are to have such a great abundance of delights. I think you should open your own roadside stand and sell everything from honey to pears. It could be called, Franny's & Sharkey's Goodie Stand, and you could give all the profits to animal shelters. Well, the air conditioning is probably a better idea after all. I hope Rebel you are doing better with the eye, and Kirby's tail is healing. Zoe, enjoy the poolside this weekend. And all my other Glue Squad buddies, Chloe, Abby, Dudley,
    James Dean, Kitty, Missy Chow, Kirby and of course, Professor Maddox, and anyone my senior brain forgot to mention, you relax and enjoy yourselves. Sonya, I hope work is slowing down, and Delia keep those lovely paintings in the works.
    Hugs & smiles,
    Lynn

  • I was thinking the same thing as Lynn...all that panting and tongues hanging, you must be exhausted!
    And again today I learned something from our dear Frenchies...and that is, Apples produce a natural, waxy, coating to protect the fruit skin from cracking and to help keep moisture...I never knew that!

    I'm up early having visitors from Slovakia, my friends daughter is visiting (Visa renewal dual citizenship) are missionaries that I support to minister to the Roma Gypsies...and of course my art student is also coming right afterwards.

    Lynn I am trying to paint with my busy schedule, but will wait for cooler weather to get into them.

    I do hope all my ailing friends & furfriends from the Glue Squad are better and are happy today. ;-)

    Last night Kitty was running around the house trying to get us up at 2:30, but it didn't work, so she ran across our heads...we had to laugh, she really is a hoot. :-)

    Hugs to all,
    have a splendid weekend!

    delia & Kitty >^, ,^< meeeuw!!

  • Morning Ladies,
    Nice to see the farm is producing. I'm looking forward to next summer, now. The landscapers are here today. I will be sure they put the plants according to the plan. I've been watching you ladies and have learned a quite a bit. Construction is over, planting will be over and I know we'll have veggies next summer. The rosemary sure is liking this hot, dry summer and that's about it.
    Lynn, my eyes and ears are a.o.k. Mimi thought maybe a bug flew in my ear! LOL
    We're ready to see how the donks are doing. We love the donkeys!
    I'll check in later to see how everybody is doing.
    Your pal,
    Rebel

  • Hi girls,
    Wow, things are really growing on the farm including the guinea fowl. They really got big.
    I bet every time you go to the different properties, everything looks different. That must be fun to see everything changing all the time.
    I hope our Cora-Belle is feeling better. I also hope she checks in so we don't have to worry over the weekend. But if she needs her rest, then we will just have to be patient. I think Lucinda and James are the best. You can tell by how Cora-Belle writes that they are a happy family I love that.
    Abby, Zoe, Dudley, Kirby, little Rebel, Missy Chow, Kitty, and all the rest of you Glue Squad peeps, have a great weekend. Stories, I want to hear about the adventures you have planned. As for Chloe, I think she is done. She hasn't posted in like forever. I think she got shipped off to an island somewhere where there are no flowers to dig up, no other animals to chase. Just sand and palm trees. Geez. No one can be that bad. Hehehehehe
    Love to all,
    Maddox
    PS- do you check out Martha's blog also? If so, go back a couple days and check out the guest blog of Hawaii as that was done by none other than our very own Sara, who is a Glue Squad member as she is part of the staff that assist Franny, Sharkey and GK with the DW. I am so sorry I didn't mention it the day she posted but go back and look at the beautiful pictures she took. Sara, you rock.

  • Hi F,S,&GK+ Glue Squad, You two sweethearts look so cute, especially is photo #1! I love seeing the farm, too and seeing those beautiful apples, tomatoes, pears, etc. is fabulous! I love the new information about the wax on the apples! My Mom's tomatoes and pears look great and are growing well, also! Hope all 3 of you great buddies have fun today during Martha's Birthday-she is such a special person! Was fun to read today's comments from Lynn, Delia, and Rebel! Will check back later to read those from the rest of you buddies! Sure hope all of you have a great, safe, happy weekend! Love, Dudley Do Right XOXOXO+

  • Hello ladies, Kirby here.
    Now that was a nice trip around your farm. It’s good to see everything growing so nicely; harvest should be good for you. That will keep you busy for a couple of weeks and out of trouble. How about GK? Will he be able to help you or will he be away at some shows? He had better watch out or he will give us Chows a bad name; lazy. It’s true that we sleep a lot, but we are not lazy at all. You should have seen how hard I worked yesterday just trying to get out of a bath. It took both of them just to get me into the bathroom. After the door closed, I just stepped into the tub; knew all was lost at that point. I feel better and look extra sharp today. Have a good, and safe, weekend all.
    Catch you later, Kirby.

  • ..hi everybody..back to feeling like my old self.i, too, will have to do an inspection here at the farm/ranch..who knows what has been going on..I love to munch on apples, we have a couple old apple trees and cherry trees, the naughty coons like them, too!..looks like it is going to get hot today, the last couple days were cool, just right for me to catch up on my rest..think the chiweenies wore me out, they like to leap and jump...Lucinda has a hair appt., something about blonde streaks..so James and I are going to ride around the property and I will bark like a mad fiend..meanwhile I better have a warrior prince cookie..have a great week-end my fellow dogateers..love, Cora-Belle

  • Dusty Apples?

    Sounds like a good Burlesque Dancers name! :)

    I too, thought it was a dusty cover on the apples. Protective coating makes sense.

    Pears too? What a delicious autumn fruit salad awaits you!

    Have a super weekend..
    your pal, gail! :)

  • HI Girls, GK & Glue Squad, Although I haven't had much computer time this week, which is entirely another whole story, I have enjoyed checking out the pictures of all your activities, the beach, touring the farm and checking the apples, pears not to mention the hens, roosters and guinea fowl. You've done a great job. I need to catch up with everyone...

    Dr. Pia, sorry to hear of your friend's passing, Zoe, take good care of your Dad after he has his surgery, Dudley, so sorry to hear about Lady, Cora-Belle, glad you are feeling better, how are those chiweenies doing?? Hi Abby, Rebel, Kitty and all my other buddies. A big Hi to Lynn, Delia, & Jan.

    Well, this week for me has been an adventure; of course, getting into EVERYTHING-including pt/tp/shredded a small box for starters, sniffed out a baby bird and that didn't go to well either plus I like to get the last "bark" in also; not a good thing. Mom & Dad were not happy at all. Mom said that my two big brothers never got into as much trouble as I do or then again trouble always finds me, I'm not sure which it is...okay.. Maddox & Kirby, what am I doing wrong???? How did you handle things at 10 months old??

    Back to naptime, stay cool everyone, this weekend is suppose to hot & humid :(

    Till next time,
    Missy Chow
    xoxo

  • HA, I knew my Cora-Belle would post something. She knows how I worry about her. Thank you sweetie pie. Happy Birthday to Miss Martha. I hope the girls and GK did something special for her today.
    Love,
    Maddox

  • ..wow, an extra hot day ..100..very rarely gets that hot here, so I just lounged in front my private a/c that i got for my 16th birthday..when I did have to pop out, Lucinda held an umbrella over me..and then the goofy old fool tried to put a wet towel on me, just in case I had overheated..I did not stand for that or her trying to spray my feet..weird-o!..too hot to walk to the river..maybe tomarrow..I must take my meds and relax..later, Cora-Belle p.s, how do you doggies live in hot climates, I would roast!

  • Miss Gail, my Mom laughed really hard at your burlesque joke. I'd pretend I didn't know why, but I got it, too and thought it was very funny. We have a pear tree next door, but it does not have very many pears on it, although usually it bears a lot of fruit. I don't know if the drought has something to do with that or not. Raven Baby, I am glad to see you looking so healthy and happy, even if you do look a little warm. I keep thinking that maybe my Auntie Ellen should make you (and Sharkey too, of course) one of her really pretty fancy One Cool Dog cool coats...

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