Tuesday, May 21, 2013

My shame..................

I have taught several classes on Homestead Businesses.

And no business is perfect.  There is always room for improvement. 

But I have always said ....... Neat and clean and a little charm can cover a multitude of sins.

So if your barn needs a paint job ...... or trees need to be pruned ...... or you have a crop failure ........ if your farm is neat and clean, people can look past a wart or two.

This really hit home a couple of weeks ago.

Two women had driven 30-40 miles to shop at a local business.  They had seen the business at another venue and decided that they would make the drive.

The outside appearance was such that they pulled in the driveway and pulled out.

Dreary, un-kept, weedy ......... it immediately changed their mind about the business.

They stopped by my farm ... and told me of their experience.  They shopped and we chatted and enjoyed the visit.

And then I thought .......................

Wow.  This is what is greeting my customers!




Yes ......... there is beautiful, creative, charming sign.

But there is also a bed of weeds!!!!!!!



And a bush that may not be completely dead ......... but needs to be completely gone!!!!!!
 
So I have weeding and weeding and weeding.  It is a big project so I work 3 hours a day at it.

And I have made good progress.




But after this morning ........... I need to really work hard on this NOW!!!

Because I don't want people just driving by!

Thank God there are places that look like this!!!!



Wait ............ after I finishing planting the impatiens, and three or four containers and move the partially used bag of mulch and re-do the lighting.

Will my work ever be done?????????

Pictures to follow!!!!!

3 comments:

Donna OShaughnessy said...

Miss Eff...we have been to your farm. We have driven past your sign,,,up your drive and from the moment we arrived we said "OH WOW" we loved every minute of our visit. Perfect then and sure will be perfect now.

Liz said...

I can't wait to visit your farm! I am weeding, weeding too! What do you do with your pile of weeds?
Liz

Miss Effie said...

Liz ..... I feed them to the chickens and soon, to the vermi-composting tub.


Works well for us .... makes for happy chickens too!