Back on Track

May has a way of slipping by me.

But the garden is planted and growing quickly.

The chickens will be leaving tomorrow (they are 9 weeks old already!)

chickens 9 wks old

The bees are buzzing along.  I added another body a few weeks ago but I’ve not been able to check them due to the rainy weather.

bee bee

My 4-year-old granddaughter was able to stay with me all last week.  I called it Camp Grandma and we had so much fun. (I did anyway)

Here are some highlights of Camp Grandma.

We visited the lake house where we spent the day collecting roly polyies.

hallie lake hallie roly poly lake

We rode horses (although she told me he was a little slow)

Hallie 4 / horse Hallie and horse

We visited a Tiger and Lion refuge with baby Luke.

hallie and luke turpentine creek Luke turpentine creek

We played in the sand

hallie hallie sand luke and sand

We went fishing

hallie fishing hallie fishing

but found more roly polies instead

hallie 4 hallie roly poly

We ended the week with a trip to the Buffalo River for decoration day, picnics and playing in the river.

ty and hallie steele creek hallie

We had to travel through the forest to get to the river.  Fortunately, I had a couple of great trailblazers to lead me.

steele creek hallie and ty

steele creek hallie steele creek

We found a painter set up down the river and watched her paint

steele creek painter steele creek painter steele creek painter

We found a huge beech tree we just had to hug

steele creek beech tree steele creek beech tree hallie steele creek beech tree

When the river is up, canoers enjoy the swift currents, clear water, and breathtaking bluffs.

steele creek steele creek steele creek

steele creek

For the end of camp talent show, Hallie did car seat tricks


and sang Do You Want to Build a Snowman whilst holding her pin wheel out the window.

Hallie grandma camp

She unanimously won the competition.

steele creek hallie

I love being a Grandma!







About the blonde gardener

I'm an Arkansas girl born and raised. I garden in the beautiful Northwest part of the state (zone 6b or 7) surrounded by the Ozark Mountains. My favorite part about the area is we have 4 distinct seasons and are able to enjoy a variety of activities. My main passion is gardening but I also enjoy hiking, birding, 4-wheeling and motorcycle trips. Basically anything outside. Thanks for stopping by! Brenda
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10 Responses to Back on Track

  1. Peter/Outlaw says:

    Looks like you had a great week! You are a wonderful grandma and that little girl gets cuter each time you post about her. (Looks a lot like a certain blonde gardener we know!)


  2. I’ll bet you love it! She’s such a cutie pie! Looks like your busy-ness has been really fun!


  3. Becky says:

    Being a Grandma is the best! Your granddaughter is just beautiful. We have our Robby for the whole weekend and I’m so excited! Thank you for another wonderful post. :o)


  4. Glad you had fun with your granddaughter. She’s a cutie. Where exactly are the 9-week-old chickens going? Chicken Bible School? Chicken Camp? Or your freezer?


  5. Me, too! We used to have “camp grandmother” at our house, but they got too old and sophisticated for it. 😀 So you hug these years tightly to you, as best you can…


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