Sunday, December 12, 2010

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas-Part I

Welcome to Christmas at Verde Farm. It’s been a busy month. We started decorating right after Thanksgiving and I still didn’t get everything done. However, I am pleased with the things we did accomplish. We used a lot of natural decorations this year such as pine, holly, magnolia, pine cones and honeysuckle vine, things we had growing on the farm. I love that look. So, you might want to put on some mittens or don a winter’s cap because we’re going outside to take in the Christmas season.

Fresh wreath on the back door with some added embellishments
We had a beautiful snow already and according to the weather report it looks as if a storm is headed our way. Early snows, especially in December, certainly ensure the Christmas spirit for us. It has been bitter cold this past week, but Friday saw an increase in temperatures which rolled into Saturday. The animals took advantage of the sunshine spreading out over the property, running, playing and eating, all excited about the coming holiday. We took advantage of the nice weather, as well, by getting outside and taking some pictures. From sun to snow, here we go.
Flower cart filled with pines and berries
Donkeys in the pasture enjoying the sun but ready for the snow
The animals gathering and talking about a Christmas party they are planning 
The wagon heading home with a tree, packages and decorations
Santa's bag sits ready for the big night
Zephyr showing his tail feathers as he was excited about the decorations
A wreath with jingle bells next to the sled

Let’s look at some snowy shots.  
The barn wearing its wreath
A view of the front porch
Primitive bench on the front porch with a little holiday cheer
We put fresh white pine garland around the french doors and adorned it with red and silver sparkly balls, red ribbon, and white lights.


A simple wreath on the kitchen window


Thanks for walking around the farm and taking in our outside holiday decorations.  We will share the inside with you on our next post.  Until then, enjoy decking the halls, baking, shopping and taking in the reason for this wonderful season.  
Merry Christmas,

43 comments:

Flat Creek Farm said...

Just beautiful, Amy! I took delight in the decorations, but your beautiful critter family wowed me as well. I heart Zephyr... I needs me one o' those babies too ;) Thank you for sharing. Can't wait to see the indoors! Happy Christmas to all... Tammy

Sharon said...

Everything looks picture perfect and ready for the new snow, it will look great! Love the wagon, that is really cool!

Getting a dusting now and my DH assures me, that the driveway is all ice!

Lisa Sall - Sall's Country Life said...

Oh you've done a wonderful job of decorating the farm. It should be in a story book!! Hint,Hint! Your animals are lucky critters!! Have a great day!

TexWisGirl said...

Love how your animals all get into the holiday spirit with you!!! Looks great and happy and spirity! :)

Farm Girl said...

It all looks so pretty, I wished I lived closer just to see it in person. That peacock is the prettiest thing.

Mom L said...

Beautiful! Did you make all the wreaths?
I'm anxious for new piggy to grow up so I can see Pansy's future babies!

Nancy in Iowa

Joe said...

Great pics Amy. That wagon is neat. Definitely looking Christmas.

Staci said...

Absolutely beautiful! Oh, don't you love the Holiday decor? Sigh, I wish I could be surrounded by it longer. Everything seems so plain when it's gone.
We woke up to sleet this morning. The chickens were upset. They love snow, but go right back in the coop when it's rain or sleet.
Have a great week!
Staci

Tete said...

Oh Amy, thank you so much for the most wonderful walk today! I really enjoy your farm. Your decorations look so good! The animals are so fun, too. Love the simple wreath on the barn- and that barn is great. Everyone here has been putting up pole barns for years and the old wood barns are slipping away so quickly. I have been taking photos before they are all gone.
Stay warm and hug a donkey for me!
Hugs- Tete

From Beyond My Kitchen Window said...

Wow Amy, everything looks so lovely. You should make a coffee table book of your farm and the animals. I would be first in line to purchase one. You could have pictures of your springtime farm, summer farm and so on. Wouldn't that be so exciting. Well anyway, amazing job on decorating!!!

Janet said...

What wonderful decorations ! clever lady ! I went to night school three years running nothing I ever make looks that good -you must have the nack ! Thank you for the tour-I really enjoyed that !x

Inger said...

Awesome (not a word I use often) but I'm speechless at the beauty of it all.--Inger

Anonymous said...

Amy and Richie I truly enjoyed walking around your enchanting farm. It took me out of my busy Asheville life and worries and into a world of beauty and nature. Merry Christmas to you both. Love you.

Lisa Holderman

Country Whispers said...

Beautiful pictures and scenery.
You are so lucky to be surrounded by all that.

Terry said...

Oh, Amy, it's just lovely!

Lisa@Pickles and Cheese said...

I love the photo of the wreath on your barn. Just beautiful! You have a beautiful spot in the world!

Rebecca said...

I just love looking at pics of your farm-it's just so wonderful!

Michelle said...

Such beautiful pics!!! Thanks for sharing these.

Chris at Red Gate Farm said...

Amy it all looks fabulous... it makes me wish I could take the tour in person!!

I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE your wagon. And the BARN looks perfect with the wreath and the snow! Hopefully we'll get our barn painted this summer and then next year put a big wreath on it!

Your place is picture perfect :)

Happy holidays,
Chris

Lisa said...

Amy, Just love the pictures. I can't believe the differnt critters you have all together in one spot. I just wonder if they are really planning a party? lol. Your little piece of heaven is just beautiful. We have gone from rain since last night to snow. They say 5-8 inches tonight. bummer. But today was wonderful anyway. Have a nice night.

Eggs In My Pocket said...

Just love your wonderful blog! I have always loved peacocks and have been thinking about trying my hand at raising them........I just worry about the predators getting them. Do they roost like the chickens are do they just stay out in the trees? blessings, Kathleen

thecrazysheeplady said...

LOVE your decorations!

Judy said...

I love the wagon all decorated for Christmas.

Karen Thomason/Gordon Setter Crossing said...

You have really good taste and a real eye for art! The Farm is beautiful and I really love that first wreath. I do believe it's one of the prettiest I've ever seen. I can't wait to see the inside next!

Chicken Wrangler said...

Amy - that is fabulous! Thanks for the holiday tour and visits with the critters!

Beverly@Beverly's Back Porch said...

Your decorations are beautiful! We have lots of snow on the ground I'm sure you will get some too.

Nancy C said...

You really go all out! Everything looks like it was taken from a Christmas card. Just lovely. :)

Unknown said...

Beautiful! I love all of your natural decorations...

xo,

annie

Bee Lady said...

Everything looks so beautiful. You should make your own Christmas cards from pictures of your farm. It does look like something out of a storybook.

Cindy

Missouri Gal said...

Your peacock is very pretty! And I love your barn as well.
And I absolutely love my Corgi. He IS the best dog in the world. He has soo much personality. My husband has never been a dog fan but Dudley is his buddy. He's the best pet ever! But I will warn you, they do shed! I sweep often, but he's totally worth it!

Country Gal said...

Wonderful decorations. Have a warm and happy day !

John Going Gently said...

AMY
I would KILL for that barn.... what lovely "attention to detal" you have...

that shotof the animal collective..is wonderful
x

Maura @ Kisiwa Creek Photography said...

Hello Amy!
Your farm looks WONDERFUL with all it's critters and decorations...and I LOVE the pictures with the snow. I hope you have some on Christmas Eve/Day. I hope we're invited when the party date is set ;) I love your wagon...I'd love to find either a buckboard or an Amish carriage to put in our front pasture. Your garlands and wreaths are gorgeous! I'm planning on snipping some juniper bows one of these days...don't want to do it too soon or sure as fate we'll have 50 degree temps again! Enjoy your week and have fun getting your last minute preps done for the holidays. Take care Mini Me...Maura :)

jp@A Green Ridge said...

Awesome job decorating to you & your Honey! I love the animals gathering to plan the party!!!!...:)JP

Deb said...

your post made me smile....

Mary said...

Your place looks absolutely lovely. I'm wondering how you got that big wreath up on the barn... Everything is beautiful!

-Mary

Vicki said...

Love your blog! I am a animal lover and enjoyed looking at all of yours. You have a wonderful place and it is beautiful...Merry Christmas to you and your family!

Kritter Keeper at Farm Tails said...

amy you did a fab job as always! love the wagon...hope the pretty packages don't roll over the hill...lol!!! you are an inspiration and i am so glad you are blogging. love the pic with the peacock and the babies. piggies look like they are getting along now?

Gracie and Bobbi said...

Beautiful!!! I don't want to leave...

Genny said...

Amy, it looks like you've been really busy. The decorations and photos are really beautiful. My favorites are the animals and especially the donkeys. Don't tell my grown kids, but I would love to have a couple of donkeys someday. Thank you so much for that mini tour of your gorgeous farm.

Janice Grinyer said...

Christmas has arrived at Verde farm!!!! no Wonder the critters are all milling about waiting for Santa! But I do wanna make little sweaters and ear muffs for your piggies though! I know they are warm, but its just like when our mothers would tell us to put on a sweater when THEY were cold lol its that pink skin showing lol

Jen said...

Its all soooooo pretty, love the natural decorations.

Janet, said...

Everything is so pretty, I don't know what I like the best. I do love the wagon and sled. Thanks for the tour.