THE SIMPLE LIFE ON OUR OZARKS QUAIL FARM

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MISSOURI OZARKS, United States
After I retired I wanted to stay busy on our farm. My almost 30 year career was in the hunting & fishing industry, so raising the birds I had hunted for years was a natural for me. Being married to my best friend, wife & help mate is all I could ask for. My wife of 34 years and I love living on our farm and doing the chores it takes to maintain it. We are living a wonderful slow life in our retirement. Our grand daughter is such joy. Having a big garden to feed us, raising bees for honey, loving our pets and no debt. I feel blessed to have enjoyed this country living and sustaining our family through growing our food and simple ways my whole life. I am happy to see others across this great country deciding to live instead of just collecting more. A less-stress farm life is making us very happy. *******************************************************

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Sun's Out & Life is Active on the Farm

Debbie weeding
Clematis
It's always so wonderful to see spring in all it's glory.  We had days of rain and huge flooding in the area. Now the sun is fully out and all the critters and plants are searching it's warmth. Especially Debbie and I. Debbie spent a fortune at the nursery last weekend. They told her their business was off over 25% this spring due to cold, wet weather. I hope it gets better for them.  They are our country neighbors and really good folks. So we are hanging flower baskets all around the house, planting a lot of patio pots and weeding around our 2 acre yard. The garden is fully planted and a lot of veggies are peeking out. The strawberries are forming, too. We are seeing a ton of hummingbirds and many birds are migrating through.  The beautiful orioles,grossbeaks and indigo buntings are a delight around the feeders. Wild turkeys are going to nests so we will have some young poults running around chasing bugs soon. I can't remember seeing the bees as active as they are now. They are all over the hives, coming and going. Will have a big batch of honey this fall.  The 3,000 quail eggs will hatch in less than 2 weeks. We will finish putting in our pine chips and testing all the brooder heaters today. Still receiving orders for fall/winter birds. Went to feed store yesterday and tried to make a early deal on a few tons of feed.  They are reluctant to quote a long term price for me because of the constant rise of grain crops. Can't blame them. I sure hope the quail prices I have pre sold at will not cause me to lose my shorts. I did tell everyone to be aware of possible increase if corn & soybeans keep going through the roof. Time to go out and enjoy the nice weather.  I really wish I didn't have my disability so I could do more, but it is what it is and I still really enjoy my farm life.
Pigeons on feeder
Shadow watching everything

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