Sunday, March 15, 2009

Back home in Indiana

We arrived in Indiana for a family visit on Friday evening, where the weather was cold and in the 40's, just like back at home in Austin, albeit dry.
Today, it was 58 and sunny and beautiful. We had some fun on the farm doing some chores, cutting down trees (I say we, I really mean the guys - I only watched from afar!), burning wood, taking horse photos (they breed and show Belgian Draft Horses) and watching my sister and brother-in-law's dogs run amok around the farm. This is Chief in the photo above, who came out for an improptu photo op!
As terriers, these little dogs are always looking for something, and it was a hoot watching them try to dig their way to China in search of a mole. Here they were convinced that they had someone cornered in this hollow tree!

Not much garden news to report. I'm seeing some bulbs peeking up in the yard and grass is starting to turn green.

I'll have a full report on Tuesday, when I'll get a private nursery and greenhouse tour from a family friend who works there. I am hoping to get some photos to share with you.

We'll be here until Wednesday. The rain was supposed to stop in Austin today or tomorrow -- I am eager to get home and see all the growth that came as a result. I know that the radish leaves in the garden went from a few inches tall to the size of leaf lettuce in the three days of rain we had before we left -- shoot, I might even be able to eat one when we get back.


Robin's Nesting Place said...

Welcome to Indiana! The weather should be nice the next few days!

RainGardener said...

Those pictures were adorable!

Blossom said...

Lovely! Cute dogs.

getgrounded said...

Diana, I was wondering where your GBBD post was! Those Belgians are absolutely gorgeous, what gentle animals they are. I love their eyes and feathery legs. Have a fun visit, and I look forward to nursery pics.

Aunt Debbi/kurts mom said...

What cute pups.

Janet said...

Those dogs are a riot! It is fun to let dogs have a bit of a run. I remember the first time my family beagle saw a cow. That was an encounter!

Lisa at Greenbow said...

Welcome to Indiana Diana. What fun seeing those horses. They are beautiful. Those little dogs love to dig. I dog-sit Vinny, a friends little dog, that looks just like them. He hates it when moles or voles move. When he leaves I have to go around and fill holes in the yard.

Gail said...

Have a good time visiting. I bet your garden is perky and popping from the rain. I could use a terrier to keep the squirrels and chipmunks out of the yard! gail

Diana said...

Robin - I'm having a delightful time and really enjoying the weather. Thanks for ordering it up for me!

RainGardener -- Glad you liked the pictures. You just can't go wrong with dogs or horses or kids!

Blossom -- Thanks - those dogs are a hoot, but they're a handful, too.

GetGrounded - Yep - Missed bloom day - I was too busy getting ready and dealing with sick dogs and packing and preparing my plants for my son to house sit.

Debbi - They actually have 3 dogs - another very young white terrier. You see Gordy and Scoop in the tree.

Janet - I can't imagine what my dogs would do if let loose on the farm. Theirs are used to it, she has a vet clinic and they raise horses as well and come here to visit often. There was the time they both got STUCK in the hay mow ... and couldn't get out!

Lisa - I have seen pictures of Vinny - wasn't he watching a squirrel out the window in one of your posts? Those dogs would still be digging if we hadn't made them stop!

Gail - so I have two big dogs and I still have critters - but mostly outside the fence (except for the rabbits). The dogs love to bark at the squirrels and the deer through the fence though. They sound so ferocious!

Cathy Lyons said...

I love your blog! :)

Jan (Thanks For 2 Day) said...

It looks like your visit to the farm has been a real treat so far! What a lovely place your family has there. We owned a draft cross for many years when my daughter was a little younger. She was a wonderful mare to ride and show.