Happy First Day of Spring! Dairy Farm Store Visit Fresh Farm Milk Old Truck BirdHouse

By: WeatherWise , 7:15 PM GMT on March 20, 2017

Happy First Day of Spring.
Had a great time but is great to be back home thinking of spring. Still thinking about those shade sails or a smaller canopy but should just use what I already have. It withstood all kinds of weather from spring until late fall almost winter. I had a great drive back home and weather was on my side most of the way both there and back. I did stop on the way back at two of the places I dreamed of stopping in my blog about driving out. http://www.hatcherfamilydairy.com/about/dairy-sto re.aspx


This is a photo of the Hatcher Family Farm Dairy Store that I mentioned. Attached to it there is the Veterinary's office. I was lucky enough to catch a fellow that had brought his special donkeys in on Saturday.As I walked over, he said here comes the photo lady. I asked if I could take a photo of his ponies. He said sure but they were actually donkeys and he named the type which I do not remember. So that was fun. I am afraid I did not get such a great shot as I was so surprised he said yes. I am not sure if the lady is a vet or one of the vet's helpers. Seem to be three or four staff assisting.


Not sure if I noticed this old truck the last time I was there and perhaps it had not met its fate at that time. It has been a good while since I have traveled this route. I drove it as I headed back in October as there was a hurricane on the southern route. I drove it this time as my daughter pointed out if I needed assistance she and her husband could meet me on their end or one of my sons on this end which did make sense. Just seem like my G6 Pontiac raced down those mountains too much to suit me. However the I 81 and I 77 route is not nearly so treacherous as I 40 around Asheville, NC seemed. My new car seems to handle all terrains well even the muck and mud from the farm and wooden bridges and all. I took a photo to show the the wooden bridges that were out on the country road. Will share that later.

At any rate, seems a lot of folks share photos of old vehicles on WU and consider them prizes. So here is one from my adventures at the dairy farm on Saturday.


I have more neat photos but will stop here. Perhaps you can view them on Flickr after I upload them. I am just putting them all in my Nature album for now. I enjoyed my visit there looking over the countryside and seeing the cattle and all. Would love to take the farm tour sometime. I treated myself to a pint of their fresh milk and purchased a pretty birdhouse. I have one that I bought there several years ago by the same artisan. He/She puts tin roofs on them just like an old barn would have. Kind of neat. I also purchased a bag of corn meal by Beaverdam Creek Mill. Stone Ground Certified Organic, Tennessee Grown Corn, Non-GMO, Gluten Free. http://beaverdamcreekfarm.com/ I was looking that Tennessee Bacon that I found there once. They did not have it but had their own that they had processed but it was frozen. Had I had my cooler with me, I might have tried it.

This is the birdhouse that I purchased. Yes, there are others beside of it which I will tell you about later. And the table, too.


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10. WunderAlertBot (Admin)
5:20 PM GMT on March 21, 2017
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9. WeatherWise
2:48 PM GMT on March 21, 2017
i think the birds were happy for me to be back home and were quick to forgive me for being away. All of them came back yesterday. The cardinals, the red-bellied, the little birds, and will not try to name them all. I was happy to see them as I was afraid they may have moved on since not much food left.

Today, there was a tornado awareness drill and I wasn't aware until the FEMA app sent an alert to say it was over. I think perhaps I read a header from one of the weather blogs yesterday that the chance of tornadoes was greater beginning later in the week or something like that.

Hope everyone has beautiful sunshine streaming through their windows this morning as I do.



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8. WeatherWise
2:40 PM GMT on March 21, 2017
Thanks, Ylee. I agree I was blessed. Just so glad I stopped at the end of the driveway and took a few photos no matter how poor is what I was thinking. I was just so sure it was the bluebird as was on the line above the birdhouse. It flew over to the tree before getting a good shot. This camera just picked it right out of the leaves and showed me it was a waxwing. Definitely an exciting photo op from that point forward.

I also got a few shots of the Osprey on the nest whild on the riverwalk yesterday before she flew. I am thinking that was the femal as she is a bit larger than the male. However without the two there to compare, I am unsure. There is a cam over that nest that is streamed live.
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7. WeatherWise
2:35 PM GMT on March 21, 2017
Thanks, JLynn, It is great to be back home. It was great seeing the cedar waxwing in my yard. I have seen them down the street in the fall on the coldest day of Oct finishing off the berries on the Bradford Pears but never this time of the year. I actually thought it was the bluebird as I was backing down the drive. That is where they perch and there has been a little activity in my new birdhouse. I checked it as soon as I got home and found a few pieces of pine straw. Thanks for the visit.
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6. Ylee
6:58 AM GMT on March 21, 2017
Never seen a cedar waxwing over here! You were blessed! :' )
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5. jlync
3:53 AM GMT on March 21, 2017
Really Nice to here that your back and that your ride was a good one from your visit with the family , Shirley! Wonderful Photos and Beautiful Birdhouse! Glad to hear you met the first day of Spring with such good Weather and you had an Exciting Sighting
Today! What a Joy! Gorgggggeous Cedar Waxwing! Hope tomorrow is just as eventful and Weather stays Pleasant! Have a great night and Wonderful day tomorrow!
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4. WeatherWise
3:04 AM GMT on March 21, 2017
Sharing the FIRST GIFT OF SPRING in NATURE from today - A beautiful cedar waxwing appeared from nowhere. I was backing down the driveway as I headed out for a milk and bread run late this afternoon getting close to dusk.There was a bird on the line close to where the bluebird usually hangs out. So grabbed my camera and took a few shots. Still not knowing. It flew to the shadows of the tree just as the bluebird would. A few shots later, I saw the crest but not the lady cardinal. SO SHOCKED to see the cedar waxwing. First time I have found one in my yard. That was super exciting.

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3. WeatherWise
1:19 AM GMT on March 21, 2017
Thanks, YOR, I did have a wonderful day! A friend and I went for a nice walk on the riverwalk today. We found the osprey on its nest - the one that has a webcam over it.
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2. YelloworangeRose
12:58 AM GMT on March 21, 2017
Hi shirley hope you have nice days of spring.
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1. WeatherWise
12:38 AM GMT on March 21, 2017
From last blog:
Quoting 26. WatchinTheSky:

28? Not very Springlike! Well, warmer days ahead :-) Have a good week.
Quoting 27. GRANDMANAN:

Mornin WEATHER, looking like the WU gang getting caught up by THE ARK, and no to see that I can get around, seems lots of help to make the transition has painless has possible.

A good weekend, Rob below decks as Rachel getting ready for her final exam for her Nursing Degree and stayed in St. John it was great having here. He went to church with his mother, and certainly made her day. Sunday Dinner another plate on the table, again five generations chowing down. The patriarch didn't say much, too busy enjoying his fish choweder and the other end the GEM didn't stop chattering till she was done. As you mentioned quite an event when all get together.

The day has lots of sun, but the NE breeze has now turned in a little more than little, as a result not quite shorts weather when one is outside.

Have a good one.

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