Splashes of Color

Although spring is right around the corner, winter is still hanging on and let’s face it, it can be dreary.  Everything is brown. As winter carries on, I find myself noticing the splashes of color all over the farm and I wanted to share some with you. In some cases, the splash of color is actually black and white!


There are lots of Cardinals in Virginia. I suppose that explains why it is the state bird. 😉 This particular Cardinal was seen just outside the far barn when feeding hay. We’ve seen up to 11 at one time sitting in this tree, which is a pretty awesome sight to see.


I’m sure many of you have noticed, but farm clothes seem to lack color. I understand that brown clothing is practical because farming is dirty work and the dirt (or whatever) doesn’t show as much, but c’mon…we need some color up in here! If you ever visit the farm (or simply look at pictures of me) you will almost always see me wearing color.  Sometimes too much color, perhaps, but hey, I like it and hopefully I can brighten someone’s day.  Anyway, I got this great grey sweatshirt from my dad and I wanted to add a splash of color so I  embroidered a little flower on the pocket.  The petals didn’t come out quite as I  had hoped, but for my first try at free hand embroidery on a sweatshirt, I’ll take it!


Notice the little blue flower on right side.



Close-up of embroidered flower.



Here is a splash of “color” in the far barn.



Another splash of color at the far barn. These calves are just outside the barn in their exercise lot. Soon, they will be able to get back out on pasture. We are all excited for this!



This pig had 6 black piggies with white spots and one white with black spots. So cute! It looks like momma is smiling.



One Barred Rock among New Hampshire Reds.



Michael the guard dog. He definitely adds a splash of color to the hay pile.



Brie, Ben and I went to Edible Landscaping last week to pick up some plum trees. We passed this building on the way. I love the yellow rocking chairs. They definitely brightened up this rainy landscape. The building is part of a vineyard of which I have forgotten the name.


Well, I hope these splashes of color brighten your day as we ride out the last few days of winter.  And if the dreary weather is getting to you, take a look around for your own splashes of color.

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About Heather Juda

Heather was born in Atlanta, GA, but spent 19 years in Colorado before moving to Virginia. She came to Polyface for the 2012 internship and has stayed on as the first female apprentice. She became interested in the food industry when she was in high school, and over the years sought to eat in a healthier way through community gardening, hunting and supporting local farmers. She had a very blessed and “comfortable” life in Colorado complete with a good IT career and condo, but on a calling from the Lord, she left it all to start a new life in farming at Polyface. She looks forward to seeing what the Lord has planned for the future and hopes to use what she learns at Polyface to provide healthy food for people!

12 Responses to Splashes of Color

  1. ashcole82 says:

    Love this post! I am go glad it snowed today (We live in Swoope, VA too!) because it helps take away the grey of winter.

  2. Vivian says:

    Thank you for taking the time to share. What a beautiful reminder of the beauty in the world. Even midst our hum drum schedules we can find the hand of God in the landscape. We do not find cardinals in the west, it is an amazing bird and I love the photograph you have taken. We do have the mountain blue bird though. Thanks for the reminder of God’s love.

  3. Wonderful post, Heather! It’s so encouraging, especially when there is over a foot of white outside! Stay warm! 🙂

  4. That is a great shot of the cardinal. The pictures of the barred rock and the stand out red calf make me think that it’s contrast that catches our eye – I noticed our resident bald eagle the other day – he seems so bright, but really, he’s black and white! It’s just that he’s so different from the brown surroundings just now.

  5. Kim says:

    These photos are lovely. What a fantastic idea, embroidering the flower on that sweatshirt! I have many plain, boring farm clothes that could do with just that sort of treatment:)

  6. Leilani says:

    Love all the pictures!

  7. I think your embroidery was cute! I love flowers. That momma pig really did look like she was smiling!! 🙂

  8. Sarah says:

    Lovely photos! I love the embroidered flower. I’m going to have to try that sometime. It’s so cute!

  9. Dave H. says:

    I think we all need a splash of color this time of year! Up here in Vermont, most of the snow is melted and everything is either brown or grey. I can’t wait for the bright green of spring! Just ordered my New Hampshire Reds today!

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