We have a woodpecker! 

I was outside feeding the chickens on Monday morning when I heard something knocking,  knocking,  knocking in the woods behind the coop.  I snuck around the side, listening.  

It took me a few minutes,  but I found him!  I only had the cellphone with me so the picture isn’t super clear when I zoom in, but if you look closely, you’ll see him!  He’s got a red head, and he noticed me, too. He wasn’t afraid of me at all. He watched me for a few minutes,  and then he went right back to work on the tree.

Now that I know what to listen for, I hear him all the time out there, knocking,  knocking,  knocking,  and finding some bugs to eat!  I love living out here with nature so close by us.  I can’t imagine living anywhere else!

You can now access us at strivingacres.com !

Guess what?  I upgraded the WordPress account for the blog, and with that, I received a free domain name!!!  You can now just type in www.strivingacres.com , and the blog will open!


I also have 13GB of storage now (I had 6 before, and it was nearly all filled up so it was definitely time to upgrade!).

Happy dance, happy dance!!!

Fairy gardens at the Franklin Conservatory 

This was my favorite part of the Franklin Conservatory field trip; I love fairy gardens, and these take them to a whole new level!  

I found it so interesting that they utilized broken items to house the fairy gardens, and they all worked together so well!

I’m hoping to put a few together this summer from little bits of old junk I have stashed around here and there on the farm.

Some of them were themed.  This beach one in a giant cracked “seashell” (maybe an old bathroom sink bowl?) was particularly cute!

This one was made in an old Coleman cooler!

Look how this little tree and bush house this tiny fairy!

This was a large fairy garden, and it was housed in an old trunk 

This one used an old Red Flyer wagon.

This one was made from broken terra cotta pots.

This one was in an old wash tub (I have tons of these around here!).

There was an entire section dedicated to these fairy gardens at the Franklin Conservatory.  If you get the chance, definitely go, and take your kids!  Sahara and Jake loved this field trip and said they learned so much!

Franklin Conservatory field trip

This past Friday, I went on a field trip to the Franklin Conservatory in Columbus, Ohio, and I took Jake and Sahara.  It was our first time there, and it was breathtaking.  Right now, their exhibit is called Blooms and Butterflies,  and the entire North Conservatory is full of hundreds of butterflies, all loose in there and flying around.  There are honestly no words to describe how gorgeous this place is so I’m just going to share some of the pics I took!

I’ll share the fairy garden pictures in a separate post tomorrow.