Wondrous Webs…

Structure – Photo Challenge

One of my most favorite Fall activities involves the camera, some glistening due drops and my eight legged friends!  When I contemplate structure in nature, I can’t think of a better example than a spider’s web…





One of my all time favorites…

“Weave the web you want to live…”

Love Yourself…Embrace Yourself…Just Be You…



Our Final Construction Project

If you have been following Growing Self  since it all began, in March 2017, you know that we have had a few construction projects this year. Our focus has been to create our “Stay-cation” .  When our hobby farm, Indigo Acres, was established in 2014, we were committed to call this home forever.  Our home is 20 years young, which means a few renovations are needed.

In 2017, we have tackled our final house renovations: a complete kitchen remodel, new flooring and paint throughout the entire house and the installation of almost 50 new windows!  There is only one renovation left to tackle…the pool!


Although the pool looks beautiful from afar, it has a few issues.  First, there is a leak, causing water loss.  Secondly, the bottom desperately needs to be painted…this is where it becomes a bit complicated.  Beyond the pool is a large natural pond…  The water table has become extremely high, in this area, over the years.   Originally, the pool installation was a serious undertaking, with almost 50 well points installed to pump the ground water to a level where the pool could be safely and successfully created.

The current worry…by the time we spend weeks pumping the ground water to a level where we can successfully drain the pool to paint,  there is still a good chance it will pop out of the ground.  NOT FUN!   Solving this problem took some creative problem solving!  Our team of amazing pool experts embraced our water challenge. We all came to the conclusion that the best approach was to fill in the 9 foot deep end, creating a sports/lap pool.  Although this is a pricey venture , it is a much less expensive option, compared to starting from scratch, if our current pool were to pop out of the ground.

Today, the pool construction began…

Let the draining of the pool water begin!
So far, so good!
Gravel was added, to fill in the deep end, as the pool was slowly drained.
We were in the clear!  The weight of the gravel did its job beautifully!
Gravel was spread throughout the deep end and the old decorative tile was removed.
We were out of the danger zone!  What an amazing and productive Day 1 of pool renovations!   Keep a lookout for more updates on our final renovation project!

Just Keep Swimming…Just Keep Swimming…

Love Yourself…Embrace Yourself…Just Be You



If You Build It, They Will Come – Part VI

Spring was in full swing on the farm.  It was May 2015 and the perfect time for baby animals.  It was an easy decision… we would expand our duck flock!   I so enjoy ducks and their eggs are completely divine! These cute little fuzzy friends are Indian Runner ducks.  Once fully grown, they appear more like a wine bottle with legs!


Pure joy!


The ducklings grew and changed quickly! Within 6 weeks, the they were starting to show their true colors.  By June, it was warm enough outside that we were able to move the ducks to their permanent run.

Look at the cuteness! (I am referring to the duck!)

Construction of the garden cottage was coming along nicely.  Were were excited to soon have storage a bit closer! Hauling tools back and forth, from the house or barn, was becoming a bit daunting.


We decided a little deck would be a handy addition to the garden cottage.  Two of our sons built this small deck, on a Saturday afternoon!
All that was left to do was apply a coat of tinted water seal.  It was the perfect job for another one of the teenagers!

She was finished!  Now we could fill her up with tools, a potting bench and solar lights!  We added a little nook behind the cottage, for it was one of the only shady areas in the potager.  We finished the cottage area by adding a stone path and many cottage garden perennials.  Now, we had to just relax and watch them grow!

We had one more building project for Spring of 2015…the Hay Barn!  We needed approximately 450 bales of hay to feed the goats and horses, for a year.  The hay would be delivered in July, so we knew we had another construction project that needed to start, ASAP.  As much as we would have had fun building the structure, we knew time was not on our side.  Once again, we handed the project over to a crew of professionals!

The Hay Barn did not need to be fancy.  It just needed to store hay and keep it dry!
Making progress…
Another project was complete.  And, with one day to spare!  The hay arrived the next day, after the final touches were complete! 

I have a love/hate relationship with the hay wagon!  I am thankful when it arrives, for I am able to provide the critters with high quality feed.  Stacking hay is also a great workout! But, why does it always have to arrive on the hottest, 90 degree day of the season!!??

Diny and Oatmeal no longer looked like babies!  In just a few short weeks, these two trouble makers would meet two new friends, Pippin and Sam. 
Ophe was growing and growing and growing!  Unfortunately, we came to the realization that she was not the sharpest tool in the shed.  This made training extremely time-consuming and difficult.  To this day, we remind ourselves that she might not be very bright, but she sure is one happy and loving dog!

Spring had come and gone. It was time for planting the potager! Our first harvest would be right around the corner!  What an exciting time it was…

Do What You Love…Love What You Do…

Love Yourself…Embrace Yourself…Just Be You…



Note:  If You have missed part of the “If You Build It They Will Come” series, you can link to them below!