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Saturday, October 8, 2011

Barns and Dahlias

Do you love the countryside, barns, animals, apple orchids? Then, you came to the right place. When fall comes, it's time to go to a farm. This year, we discovered a new one -Sunrise Farm on the Kitsap Peninsula, in Kingston, Washington.

By the way, do you know why most barns are red? It's interesting! The Farmers Almanac tells about the paints here.

This horse made me laugh. I watched it gracefully get down on its knees, lie on its side and then roll on the grass like a dog!

While our boys were checking out the awesome corn maze shaped like a dragon's head, I was hypnotised by the flowers.

What are these plants with pink and purple blooms? Any ideas?

Lavenders were huge and charming

Grasses were amazing

Animals were adorable

Doesn't it remind you of your dog? I love this next picture!


Hydrangea changing its colors

Everything was nice at the farm, but this is the best. Gorgeous dahlias. Enjoy!

I hope you have had a chance to visit a farm  near you and were able to feel like a child again.
As for us, we picked some apples, had a tricycle race, shot miniature pumpkins via a giant slingshot, ate caramel apples and were just plain happy!
P.S. Can you tell me please, what picture size do you prefer - the largest or the middle one? Thanks! 

***Copyright 2011 TatyanaS


  1. Jeg kom lige forbi..Rigtig gode billeder.
    Jeg bor på en gård. Vi har køer, heste, kronhjorte, høns, duer, katte og en hund.

    Tak for rundvisningen.

  2. Dla mnie to niesamowite, że ktoś ma duże gospodarstwo, zwierzęta i ma jeszcze czas na kwiaty. To cudowne, a dalie są piękne. Pozdrawiam

  3. Thank you Landbohaven! You wrote: 'I went right past .. Really good pictures. I live on a farm. We have cows, horses, deer, chickens, pigeons, cats and a dog. Thanks for the tour'.
    I looked at your farm and your flowers. Lovely!

  4. Gorgeous pics, Beautiful dahlias, great barn, cute animals. All the makings of a good day!Lovin it!

  5. Thank you Giga! You wrote: 'For me it is amazing that someone has a large farm, animals, and still has time for flowers. It's wonderful, and the dahlias are beautiful. Yours'
    This farm was not so big, but still it takes a lot of time to take care of it. I am also amazed!

    Bridget, thank you! It was a good day, before all the rains came.

  6. Thanks for taking us to this beautiful farm. All that space!!! And how great that you can just go visit a farm; we don't have that around here but then the farms aren't that huge and beautiful either. Such a variety of flowers, and all these different dahlia's, what a dream!!! And of course the animals of all kinds.

  7. What a lovely place to discover! And OMG!those dahlias are amazing!

  8. I am thrilled ! Al those beautiful perfect dahlias ... the lavenders ... everything is perfect . Thank you, Tanya, for the tour !

  9. Tatyana, thanks for taking us on a trip to this lovely farm! Sounds like you and your family had a lot of fun visiting it. Sometimes simple pleasures are the best, aren't they? Great photos capturing the atmosphere of the barn very well. I love the pictures of the dahlias, they are such gorgeous flowers. I am curious: are you growing dahlias in your own garden? Regarding your question about the photos: I prefer the largest ones. Thanks for this nice post!

  10. Love the llamas. The dahlias are beautiful!!!

  11. Beautiful pictures! Loved them all, but you were right, the dahlias were amazing! I hope you brought some home with you (assuming they were u-pick)!

  12. Great, great pictures.

  13. Beautiful colors, and cute animals! Sounds like a wonderful time - especially the caramel apples! The tricycle race sounds fun, too.

  14. Thank you Tatyana for sharing this beautiful, magical place

  15. Never much of a Dahlia fan, but hose are amazing.

    So I guess that's why all the old little red school houses are red? Interesting.

  16. Hi Tatyana, What a fun trip! The pink and purple flowers are an annual Salvia usually grown from seed. [Salvia hormonium.] They dry really well. I used to have them during my dried flower craze.

    Your dahlia shots are lovely. What colors!

    Your sheep shots are amazing. Their faces are so white and clean. The sheep that reminds you of a dog reminds me of our cats. They'll lie down like this when they're waiting for something. Like food. :)

  17. My vote on picture size big but I have old eyes.
    Interesting about barn paint and red.
    Beautiful dahlias and photographs.
    Thanks for sharing.
    Do you know the names? I will have to check your other dahlia blogs

  18. What a beautiful farm! So charming and scenic. I love the sheep photo!!
    Okay, now I want to go visit a farm..

  19. Oh my gosh! Thank you for that beautiful tour. It took my breath away. It was all so beautiful! I enjoyed that immensely!

  20. I see Grace Id'd the flowers. Love her! What a wonderful way to spend the day with your family. Everything looks so peaceful in the country. I adore Dahlias!

  21. Tatyana, what a great post! The firwst picture has a wonderful hollyhock that drew my eye immediately. And yes, that sheep reminded me of my dogs LOL. As for the pink and purple flowers, they look like sage (salvia) to me.

  22. What a quaint and fun farm to visit with the children. The hollyhock in the first photograph jumped out at me - I love hollyhocks and that one is such a rich color!

    Yes, my dogs look exactly like that sheep!

    As for the pink and purple - looks like salvia (sage) to me.

    All your pix are so lovely! You've made me want a carmel apple LOL.

  23. sounds like a great day out, my fav photo is the old shed/barn lovely textures, some beautiful photos, Frances

  24. Beautiful Dahlia's! What a fun trip to the farm. It sounds like it was the perfect apple picking experience.
    Cheers, Jenni

  25. It's official - for Christmas I want a farm!! Gorgeous pix! You always visit the best places!!

  26. Photos are lovely. thank you ! I never get tired of watching your photos. good luck

  27. What a fun day! I love that photo of the sheep resting! And, oh so many gorgeous dahlias! Even, a candy cane one!

  28. Great day out, loved it all,barns, animals Dahlias and big pics.

  29. Oh you remind me of how much I love and miss the Pacific Northwest... beautiful images Tatyana. I actually prefer the smaller size, but maybe that's because my computer screen is quite large. We love visiting farms in the Fall...we may have missed it for this year... life is too busy, need to slow down.

  30. What great pictures and beautiful dahlias. Looks like it was a fun place to visit and walk around. I think that sheep laying down may have had too many apples. LOL!

  31. Those dahlias are simply stunning!

  32. Hooray for Grace making the ID. I wasn't sure, so good for her.
    Looks like you had a great time at the farm. Wonderful photos of the got some real 'character' shots.
    Those Dahlias are to die for!

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