Magical Mystery Farm

My husband is a huge gigantic Beatles fan. That’s where the name of the post came from.

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  1. rene foust says:

    Snakes fall out of trees?

  2. Lisa H says:

    Hi Rebekah,

    I think first picture of your mystery garden veggies is going to be a pumpkin??? It kind of looks like one before it ripens.

    I just LOVE mysteries. Perhaps channeling Sherlock Holmes will help you with your detective work.

    Have fun,

  3. Teri Williams says:

    We have several strays they always
    know when to be here when the food
    is out. Some cats we had to trap them to spayed them. They are happier after and some have become nicer. But some are still wild. It takes time.

  4. That spikes looking thing is a thistle and they are bad. Any time you see one try to remove it at the ground.

  5. Denise says:

    The first item looks like a stoneboat.

  6. Mary Rauch says:

    Under our oak tree you will be bombed with acorns when the breezes blow swiftly. I don’t think your computer screen will like that!
    Enjoyed your post immensely.

  7. Lin says:

    I absolutely love your posts! So much fun, and though I have no answers to any of your mysteries, I’m thrilled to “visit” your paradise! Just love your kitties, and how clever of you to name them after the Beatles….for your hubby! I believe it’s working! A lot of people THINK they don’t like kitties, until they have an opportunity to get to know them! Kitties just have a different story to tell than dogs. Thank you!

  8. Rebecca says:

    I’m as mystified as you are about your vegetables, but the spiky plant in an an Angel Trumpet. Big white flower, right? Or in some places they’re called jimson weeds. I like Angel Trumpet better.

  9. Jan Sturgill says:

    I’m seeing a watermelon (long & striped green), a spaghetti squash (yellow-next pic) and maybe a couple of different kinds of pumpkins. The prickly guy looks like a horse chestnut (tree), to me. The pods dry out and pop open to the most beautiful seeds. I’m thinking you have an adult tree in your neighborhood…
    So glad to see Mr. Feral wanting to join you!

  10. Fun post! Not being originally from the South and now owning a farm in Tennessee, it seems like we have lot of mysteries too! 🙂 When I plant my garden I make a “map” on paper because I’ve found that even when I put markers in the soil they end up getting taken over by the plant, washed away in the rain, etc! I know the feeling of having veggies that make no sense. As far as when to pick…. I kind of follow the rule of thumb on things like pumpkins and melons… when I pick them up to sort of rotate them a bit and they fall off the vine… they are ripe! (Or when I discover that the ‘coons beat me to them… they are ripe! Ha!) How fun that your barn came with “mysteries” in it. That has got to be the coolest thing ever. – Dori –

  11. Tina Hart says:

    the first picture looks like some sort of a grain sifter or grain sorting sifter that would separate seeds from grain. Its hard to tell from the angle of the picture. The first pic of fruit looks like squash, the second looks like watermelon, the third and fourth looks like butternut squash, the fifth one looks like wild wheat or some sort of wild grain. That last one that looks like a sort of prickly fruit is most like milk weed. Monarch butterfly’s love milk weed. So if you have a lot of caterpillars or Monarchs around those- its most likely mild weed. As for the tuxedo kitty who is shy and feral. Its common for kitties to make your farm it’s home- but not make you it’s owner. Keep feeding him and caring for him. he will always love your barn 😉

  12. Jo Gill says:

    The first veggie looks like an immature pumpkin. The first yellow ones look like spaghetti squash. They look ready, and they are yummy.

  13. Dee says:

    If those flowers are white and appear at night, I believe you have moon flowers. The prickly pods actually are seeds.

  14. Diane Van Horn says:

    First one is a pumpkin, the second is a watermelon and the next ones are squash? I think! I am so happy to see Mr. Mustache hanging around still. Let me guess that you are getting bombarded with acorns. Love your posts…keep them coming.

  15. Elaine C says:

    Looks like you have some squash, watermelon, and if the wood thing has screen, I think it is a sifter for grains; but for the life of me I cannot remember what to call it! Oh, I cannot think why in the world you don’t miss north Georgia! It has been so wonderfully(?) HOT this summer. Please send cool weather and rain to Kennesaw! Love reading your posts. I am a country girl at heart.

  16. Carol says:

    i do agree with Tina Hart the most with her answers to your mysteries. My dad had a wooden grain cleaner/sifter with different “trays” like you showed, with different-sized holes for the different grains. Your garden looks wonderful. Please enjoy every piece of produce therein!

  17. Cindy says:

    Hey City Farm Girl! How are ya? I think the reason you should not lay under a hammock (or is it lye…or lie…I’m awful in the lay/lie area) on a fall, breezy day is because those cute little ‘oaknuts’ will be fallin’ from the sky right onto your cute little pumpkin-head! And that one flower with the prickly little ball is what us Northern folk call Moon flower. The plant has a big white flower that opens up in the evening and it’s beautiful..looks like a trumpet….but guess what. In about a month that ball will turn brown, then split open and spill it’s 1000 little seeds all over the ground. The fall breeze will blow them around and next year, you’ll have about 1000 moon flowers. My advice, neuter! We had a mystery item hanging on our wall on our patio as decoration. It’s still hanging there, but not longer a mystery. It’s what they would put on the truck to load piggies. They would walk on it to get into the truck. Maybe I’ll do a blog post on it someday. And how come you never update your other blog? Gotta go for a walk….in my pj’s because who is gonna see me out here…and see if my baby deer are in the ex-bee yard that we now call the ……what do we call it?…..I forget. It has a pole barn where the bees once were…..starts with an “s”….Oh well…gotta run.

    Cindy Bee

    PS – BLEH! on the beans….we’ve had NOTHING but FOG!

  18. Candace says:

    Hey Rebekah! Your first “garden mystery pic” looks just like the Tatume squash I have in my garden. They are a summer squash similar in taste to zucchini if picked young but can be a winter squash if left to ripen. I keep finding hidden ones that grow to be about the size you have in your picture. (My pumpkins never start out that oblique that’s why I think its a Tatume.) My Tatume squash starts out a lighter green but matures into a darker green with a harder skin. The flesh will be white when young growing to a pale/medium yellow when picked more mature. Otherwise I pick them the size of my hand, slice them up skin and all and fry them in a little butter or grill them with a bit of olive oil and garlic. They are hardy, prolific little buggers and fun to grow!

  19. Joan says:

    Great post!!!! I’m pretty sure the item you found is a sifter, usually hung on an A-frame on the center hook, then someone would shovel in whatever was to be sifted, grain, seeds, soil that might have something fun (kids mostly did the soil) and a person would be at the handle end shaking it back n forth. I think your vegies are pretty well covered and Love that Mr. Mustache is warming up and yes I will guess you are getting pelted by acorns but one other problem with laying in the hammock on such a beautiful day – I would be taking a nap and not getting done all that I should. But which ever, thanks again for sharing. God bless.

  20. Kitty says:

    Fog… fog is low lying clouds you’re standing IN. Low lying clouds are ones that you can see above or even below you if you’re higher up the mountain.

    Jimson weed used to be the bane of ranchers in the old west, and still may be today. it was said that it would make the animals more than a little nutty if they ate it. call your county extension office and ask for their thoughts on it before you let it live and procreate on your property.

    the white squashes could be spaghetti squash, IF you planted those. LOL Thanks for the blog and photos. Kitty

  21. Sarah B. says:

    I feel from the other ladies you have many of your questions answered as to your bountiful garden full of mysteries. The Queens Anne’s Lace flowers are just beautiful, and although I have seen them all my life I have just this summer learned their right name, and just last week I also learned that by tinting the vase water with food coloring of your choice will change their color, just a fun little tip. Love reading your posts, always puts a smile on my face. Also keep watch for your slithering farm animals, they seem to be out most in the early spring and fall I have found and like you I too have a huge phobia of them, and just whenever I have relaxed and let my guard down after having an encounter with one they seem to appear again and then the whole process starts all over! Your not alone when it comes to them and your stories let me know the same 🙂 Enjoy your fall days!

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Yep, every farm has to have one.

And my own farm didn’t come with one.

I’ve looked around, to see if I could find one to move to my farm.

But no.

So I finally built one.

I’ve been dying to show it to you.

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  1. Barb says:

    My husband, who is over 6 foot cleaned our outhouse to make it usable. He assured me all was okay. However, when 5 foot me went in, I could see the large mud dauber nest under the toiler paper roll. YIKES!

  2. Linda W says:

    I think originally the crescent moon was cut out for ventilation, but I like your window better. A man wouldn’t bother! Very cute, and artistic, and your sewing is fine!! The fabric is perfect with all your lovely colors. p.s. What color did your cabinets end up?

  3. Cindy Hunter says:

    Love it! You need to buy an Old Framers Almanac. They come with a hole punched in them so they can be hung up inside the loo. Really, that’s what the hole is for.
    Awesome outhouse.

  4. Dirtduchess says:

    Love this story. My grandmother had a two holer as we called it. Only one person was allowed at a time. In her days, the outhouse was usually way in the back behind the house. Hollyhocks were planted along a path so the genteel ladies knew where the ‘privy’ was located without asking. Hated the smell of that sulphur.

  5. Tess S. says:

    Rebecca- That is TOTALLY awesome!!! I think that is just the cutest thing ever!!! Outhouses are becoming almost extinct and you have “preserved” or created a thing of the past, how absolutely wonderful!!! You are great!

  6. Dana sperry says:

    We have one on our property that my 4 and 6 year old girls have called “the scary potty” forever. Funny part is, they love it!

  7. Joan says:

    Oh OH OH – Loo Outhouse!!!!!! what a beauty!!!! Great job woodworking and painting and the window is super – love the curtain. What a great idea to have on such a large property – we had one that we called ‘never fails’ – bet you get why it was called that. About the corn cobs, we had catalogs and cobs, we would rub the pages on the rough cobs to soften the paper, never used the cobs without the paper. And now about the snakes, we always had large, new rope all around inside, up and down and Snake a Way all around the outside – that is a product that is so wonderful, not harmful to animals but the snakes hate the smell. Also we would crush moth balls and lay around out and in – can you tell – ‘it’s me and my phobia’ talking. As I was typing I had to scroll back up just to take another look – another big smile for sure. Thanks for sharing. God bless.

  8. Jan says:

    This brought back the memory of our outhouse at our family lake cabin! Mostly mom putting lime down ‘there’ and her scrubbing it out with bleach water. That was the only potty that we had at our cabin in those days. The boards were rough hewn cedar.. I love your window w/curtain and the cheery colors! Now I am going to Google ‘black snake’ so that I can get more terrified by seeing what one actually looks like-

  9. Barn chick says:

    Have to chuckle because those are the colors of my bathroom in the house. Teal and periwinkle. Beautiful combo.

  10. Oh my word. I love this. My farm does not have one… but I think it needs one! It’s really darling! – Dori –

  11. rene foust says:

    Spot on perfect!!!

  12. Denise Ross says:

    Looks fab and cute. Sewing a great 🙂 enjoy

  13. Nancy J Boyd says:

    Just love the blog about your Outhuse aka Loo!! The colors and window give it a kick up on the Loo meter too!! Speaking of snakes my husband told me today that our resident snake is still in our backyard and he believes it is about two feet long. Gotta go and check out the snake!!

  14. Nanny Jan says:

    Wow-it’s fabulous. I have never thought about building an outhouse. You are brilliant.
    Love the colors and the curtains. Memories of “Latrine Duty” @ Girl Scouts Camp. Those outhouses weren’t even cute like yours!

  15. Jerry Adams says:

    Your old friend, Wesley Walraven also built an out house in the rear of his property.
    But it has a chandelier, marble floor, heater, I’m not sure if the wifi reaches from the house, but it probable does. Ask him for a picture.

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