Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Happy Thanksgiving!

Hope you have a beautiful holiday and remember...we have so much to be thankful for.

Monday, November 17, 2014

A "little" story...

So, blah blah another egg picture.
Yes, but this one is a "little" different.
This is my girl Inga's first egg.
Now she is a Swedish Flower breed.
And the articles warned me that their first eggs can be small.(they get bigger as the weeks progress, apparently)
Now,her sister Frieda has been laying for a week now, and while her eggs are smaller then Maude's and Wilma's I would not have called them "tiny" as some folks were claiming.

Behold! Inga's first egg! Kind of...


And finally, a picture of Inga's egg next to Maude's egg.
Betcha can't guess which one Inga's is!
Just had to share Inga's little egg.
Hope you all have a super week!
Stay warm out there!

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Surprise!

Wilma started laying today!

They are pretty turquoise eggs


Now Frieda, Inga and Marmie need to catch up:)


Here is random pictures of turnips and a sunset


Have a great rest of your week!

Monday, October 20, 2014

A Porchy Post

Spell Check does not like the word "Porchy"
But, I am a rebel today.
It has been awhile since we did one of these types of posts!
You are all 'tsking' me and saying things such as "Well, a post like this might have been better suited for in the summer" or maybe you even muttered a slightly snarky comment such as "What! A post that is not about a Chicken (Gasp)!"
Which, while those comments might be justified, personally I prefer nothing better then sitting on a porch on a crisp autumn day, wrapped in a cozy blanket and a nice hot mug of tea in my hands.
The porches I have been enjoying gazing upon as of late are a little on the simpler side than I have usually posted, but sometimes there is so much beauty in the simple things.
And, really. Isn't a porch just a wooden platform to gaze out on the world?
So, without further ado, here are some wooden platforms in front of houses...or porches.











Have a great week everyone!

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Meet Wilma!


This little Funny Faced gal is Wilma.
My hair dresser got chickens around the same time I did, but since has decided that it is not the right time for them to have chickens.
So, yesterday in the midst of getting my hair done, she asked if I would like her hens.
Now, I did not have room for all 4, but I knew a family member that has been searching high and low for some young hens.
So, we grabbed our cardboard boxes and went running around catching hens (the one day I dress up and put on my "town clothes" and I end up in a chicken coop, You can take the girl out of the country but never the country out of the girl;)
Anyway, so, my family member took 3 hens and I chose Wilma.
She is a Ameraucana or Easter Egger Hen.
She has not started to lay yet, (they begin laying about 7-8 months, I am told)
So, once she is settled in to her new home, she should start laying in a few weeks!
And, of course, she will give me Pink, Blue or Green Eggs! (Hence the name Easter Egger;)
She is in a dog carrier in picture because we had to wait till the other hens were fast asleep before adding her to the group (plus, I had to make sure she was healthy, wormed and mite free before exposing her to my other girls:)
Adding a new hen to the coop at night when the other hens are asleep, cuts down on fights and being picked on.
(Although, for the next day or so, make sure you are around the coop, in case blood is drawn, that chicken must be immediately removed otherwise further injury will happen)
So, now I am back up to having 5 girls again.
We are in the process of building another coop, but it has been slow going since we are still busy haying.
One of these days, the girls will get a new home:)
Also, someday, I will post about something other than chickens, its seems like my blog for 2014 has turned into a chicken blog!
Have a great rest of your week!

Sunday, October 5, 2014

Finally!

Yes, I have been meaning to post for over a month now.
Sorry, folks.
I am currently trapped inside with a nasty cold.
But, something just happened mere minutes ago that made me say, "I have to share this with my peeps" (that's you folks, in case you were wondering;)

Maude laid her first egg!!!


Atta girl, Maude! (she is 25 weeks come this last Friday:)


I love how in this next picture, she looks like she is saying "What in the world just happened to me!?"


It could be another 4-8 weeks before the other girls start laying.
So, there you go. Thats about as exciting as it gets around here.
I am fighting off a cold, all the while trying to put up tomatoes and other garden produce and helping Manly with the bean harvest and 4th (and final) hay cutting.
Pretty soon we will be starting into the working with the Sheep.

But, standing still long enough to breath in moments like this one...

Have a good week everyone!

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Peachy Keen

I dig this late summer rhythm.
Yes, things are still very busy.
But, this is about when we catch our second wind, see an end in sight and realize we are going to live through it all.
Plus, this is when the Peaches are on.
See. I smiled just typing that.
Seriously, who can be upset when the house smells like Peaches and when there is a Peach close at hand to grab and eat.
They taste like summertime.
Last night as I stood at our kitchen sink staring out at the sunset, peeling peaches to make Jam, and Manly was out baling hay, I thought "Hey, life really is Peachy Keen right now"


I have been putting up green beans, peaches (canned and peach preserves) and making sauerkraut.
I am going into making apple butter, tomato sauce and salsa next.
I am processing a batch of peaches now, I have till the buzzer goes off to finish this blog post.


We have been dodging in an out of thunderstorms for the last couple of weeks.
The rain and hail they bring have damaged some of the crops.
A freak storm came through last night and rained Manly out from baling hay and of course, worse off...rained on the hay.
Which is not good at all.
But, we are okay as a whole.
I see I have five minutes left on the timer, so I better wrap this up.
Just wanted to drop in and say hello to you all and hope your late summer is going well!
What have you been up too? Are you canning too?