HAZEL-A BOOK I AM READING-JEWEL WEED

19 08 2015

GREETINGS

The heat and humidity are still here, it can’t last forever!

HAZEL

He really looks like he go into a bad fight.  Thing all this damage was from him pecking the hardware cloth.

He really looks like he got into a bad fight. Think all this damage was from him pecking the hardware cloth.

Poor Hazel something happened in the night.  Mrs. Brown is perfectly fine. After getting them both back in the house and cleaning him up I found a hole under the fence.  My son and I both feel that something tried to get them and he was protecting her. Nothing was done to the cage.  He is still quite feisty and crowing.  I will get some baby food  for him and I won’t put them out again.  He will need time to heal.

Much has been said about rooster.  I am glad that I have them.  Their brave instincts are amazing.  Protection and making sure the girls eat are  priorities.

The love that these two birds have for each other is a sight to behold.  He called out to her while I was taking him upstairs and she was pacing back and forth talking to herself.  They were so happy to see each other.

A BOOK I AM READING

STILL LIFE WITH CHICKENS  by Catherine Goldhammer

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I have had this book for a while, there are some books that need to be read over and over.  Each time taking something new away from them.  It’s a memoir of starting over.  Her marriage ends and she takes a huge tax bracket dive.  Life changes for her in so many ways but with the addition of chickens and a new life she perseveres.   I highly recommend this book, life has twists and turns this book shows something good can come out of the worst of times.

JEWEL WEED

The jewel weed outside my computer window is now over 12 feet high.   Hope to get to puling that soon.

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Many thanks for reading my blog today and I hope that its cooler where you are.  Carole

 

 





USING UP OLD YARN-ONE GOES OUT AND TWO COME IN-MORNING GLORIES

7 08 2015

GREETINGS

Another beautiful day today.  Lots to do and cooler weather to do it in.  Blanket weather at night.  Sometimes the hens have to lay eggs at the same time it does cause some space problems when they both want to do it in the same space.  Their are two more nest boxes!!

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Matilda  is kind of upset with the situation!

USING UP OLD YARN

Years and Years ago I was given a trash bag full of very thick yarn.  It sat for years in the bag then I used some to weave a rug, then more to crochet a rug and now I am working on the last of it.

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 Made this cat bed while on the river.  One more to go and the yarn will finally be gone.  The cats will love them.

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ONE GOES OUT AND TWO COME IN

Yesterday while letting the side chickens out I noticed that Hazel was holding his little leg up and hopping.  Immediately brought him in and soaked his leg,  I couldn’t see anything visible and it seems to be better today.  I also brought Mrs. Brown in as they can’t stand to be separated.

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I will keep them in for  a little while to watch him and bathe his foot daily.  When they go out they will go in the dog house as the new hen is working well with the others.  Now that this has all happened Eddie can finally go out with the girls that will happen this evening.  What a day for him.

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I never get sick of seeing the beauty of morning glories.

 

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Hope you have a wonderful day.  Many thanks for reading my blog.  Carole

 

 





WHERE DOES OUR FOOD COME FROM-NEST DISCOVERY-JAMMIE DODGERS-BAY TREE-HAZEL AND MRS BROWN.

29 05 2015

GREETINGS

Much needed rain came last night with heart pounding thunderstorms.  We may get more of the same later this morning.  The farmer I buy my tomatoes plants and corn from is investing in an irrigations system this year.  It’s probably a smart move t get it now the way the weather is changing.  Tonight the humid air has gone and its a lot cooler.  Great sleeping weather.  I bought a few veggie plants yesterday including fennel which I have never grow.

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WHERE DOES OUR FOOD COME FROM

Upon reading many articles about more and more food coming from China I have spent more time in the grocery store throughly checking labels of food I intend to buy.  I wanted to make Ambrosia, a delightful treat that my Aunt Helen used to make and while its loaded with bad things once in a while is fine in my book.  I went down the canned fruit isle and to my surprise nothing I wanted to buy there came from the states.  Pineapple was the most surprising, I always though that it came from Hawaii.  mandarin Oranges , China.  I am really trying not to buy items from CHina but it’s extremely hard.  I just bought a printer last week and of course its made in CHina, I had no choice.  I really hope that we as a country can get back l all the jobs that were lost to China and come back to having safe foods.  

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Its located in the apple tree.  Don’t know what kind of bird lives in it but it could be a Baltimore Oriole nest.  I also saw a robin nearby buy its kind of elaborate for a Robin.  Last years dried out pumpkin vines are woven into the nest and the ends flying in the breeze.

JAMMIE DODGERS

2 packages of these gems came in the mail today from Cindy.  They are hard to find and when she does find them she puts them in the mail.  I found these on my first trip to Ireland and they are non GMO .  Great with a cuppa.

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HAZEL AND MRS. BROWN

I lock them in their house every night and tonight was a perfect night to sit with them till they were ready to go in.  WHen I got out there he was inside fluffing up the nest and calling for her.  She just wasn’t ready to go in and he kept calling and calling finally he went out and followed her around.  Both chatting to each other.  I think he was saying its time to get into bed and she was saying I would like to find one more bug.  THey are settled in for the night now still chatting to each other.

BAY TREE

My bay tree is showing a lot of new growth.  I used it so much during the winter for soup and stews.  I think I will repot it soon.

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Had to get hay today so leaving you with a picture from the farm.  Hope you have a wonderful evening and many thanks for reading my blog.    Carole

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LILACS-MORE DANDELIONS-HAZE AND MRS. BROWN FINALLY OUTSIDE

18 05 2015

GREETINGS

Its hot and humid today. One of the apple trees needed more sunlight so  I trimmed back the forsythia and cut it up and gathered the branches to use as kindling next winter.  Lil had apple peels for the sheep.  She loves feeding them.

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LILACS

Lilac’s have always been my favorite flower.  I adore the smell and love their shape.  In most places I have lived I have had a lilac bush.  Last year I planted 3 young plants which are growing well and this year I dug up some and planted them on Elliott’s resting place. I have several very old bushes in the back of the house and they are doubles  I picked a bouquet and put it in my diningroom.

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I am so busy during the day I forget they are there and then walking by then gives me an immediate sense happiness.  Too bad the season is so short.

MORE DANDELIONS

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I picked more dandelions yesterday and they are now dry.  I am sure I have enough for a couple of batches of soap.

HAZEL AND MRS.BROWN.

Yesterday Charlie, Tyler and my daughter Betty helped me get some of the side chicken area ready for the inside hens.  I will be so glad to get them out of the house it has been a long winter.The large tree which fell during a spring wind storm fell on the chicken yard and blueberry bushes in the side yard.  The clean up goes on.The netting and fencing are secure so this morning Hazel and Mrs. Brown went out.

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 They are happy and had a great time eating bugs and taking sun, dust baths.  I hope to get the others out tomorrow.  I am not sure about Eddie thought.  I tried to put the no crow collar on his today with no success will try again tomorrow.

He checks out their sleeping quarters

He checks out their sleeping quarters

Then she does

Then she does

I guess it will do

I guess it will do

 

 

 

 

 

 

Many thanks for reading my blog today, I hope you had a wonderful day  Carole

 

 

 





ELLIOTT-THE STORM-MRS. BROWN AND HAZEL

9 02 2015

GREETINGS

My son shoveled off the porch roof which had a foot and a half of snow on it and Charlie and Tyler put most of the wood on the porch..    It’s so wonderful to have those two things done.  I do not have to worry about the porch roof  anymore and the wood is easier for me to get right off the porch.

Taken by my neighbor CHrista during the last storm  Thanks Christa

Taken by my neighbor CHrista during the last storm Thanks Christa

ELLIOTT

Elliott is recovered from his ordeal and is getting up and moving around..  Things are back to normal for him.

THE STORM

They are calling for 18 inches of snow starting this afternoon through early Tuesday morning.  This kind of storm reminds me of winters we had  when I was a child.  There was always enough snow to build an igloo . The snow along side the roads was much higher than our car when going  to see family in CHesterfield.   Kids will have to make up snow days now.  And at the end of the week we will have below zero temps again.  The days are getting longer and winter won’t give up without a fight, spring will be here soon.  Hope springs eternal.

MRS. BROWN AND HAZEL

While I was cleaning up their winter quarters a few days ago Mrs. Brown laid and egg and immediately started to make a nest.

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 Hazel gave her a hand flicking some hay her way.  It was exciting but then I though it will probably be another rooster.  Oh No,   I have 4 roosters and enough is enough.  I did leave them and came back later and the nest was scattered and the egg cold and it was buried under some shavings.  She had her couple of hours thinking about being a Mom again and thought against it.

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Many thanks for reading my blog, hope you have a wonderful day.   Carole

 

 





LOOK WHO IS BACK INSIDE-WHILE I WAS SLEEPING-COOKIE MAKING

14 12 2014

GREETINGS

It was a beautiful day today, sunshine and warmer weather.

LOOK WHO IS BACK INSIDE

HAZEL AND MRS.BROWN

HAZEL AND MRS.BROWN

 

Poor Hazel has started with the funny crow and sneezing.  I decided to bring he and Mrs. Brown in right away.   They are comfortably settled in the upstairs bathroom.  (Hardly used and secure door)  He did so well this summer I thought he would be fine but this is something I think I will do every year .  Tomorrow I will pick us some fresh herbs and some Vet RX and I have started them on a 19 course of antibiotics..

These two are like an old married couple.  They talk to each other all day long, there has been much conversation with this move. 

WHILE I WAS SLEEPING

Today i spotted lots of tracks in and around the bird feeders.   They weren’t there yesterday.  Some I can identify but others I wonder .

RACOON?

RACOON?

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COOKIE MAKING

Lil got some baking pans and a rolling-pin for her birthday and today she was quite busy in the kitchen.  Making cookies and eating them too.

LIL THE COOKIEMAKER

LIL THE COOKIE MAKER

Many thanks for reading my blog today I hope you had a wonderful day.  Carole





INSIDE CHICKENS ARE NOW OUTSIDE, MORTICIA TOO

28 05 2014

HELLO

CHICKENS ARE OUT

Yesterday was a big day for the inside chickens.  The caravan  was moved by David’s boys into the yard and cleaned out.   Fresh hay and some DE was put in the nesting box.

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 They had a wonderful day taking dirt baths and finding bugs and plants.

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 I put Morticia out today too with them.  It will take them time to get used to her again.   She was getting sick of the kids and now they are bigger than her and are still jumping on her back!!!!!!

MORTICIA HAPPILY EXPLORING

MORTICIA HAPPILY EXPLORING

 Everyone did well and this morning Milly just couldn’t figure how to get out.

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 She had never been in the Caravan before it took her a little while but with some help and the sound of the food dish she scurried out.   She has always had foot problems and her feet always need special attention.  Through all that she is such a sweet-tempered girl.  But yesterday when Hazel made some advanced towards her she gave him a good peck  and I am sure he won’t be bothering her again!

HAZEL SHOUTING OUT HIS JOY FOR BEING OUTSIDE AGAIN.

HAZEL SHOUTING OUT HIS JOY FOR BEING OUTSIDE AGAIN.

The chicks were fine during the night too.  All is well.

I have to unload my car from the show and put things away today.  ALso I need to get things ready for the farmers market on Friday.

EVENT AT SHEEP AND SHAWL

 Tomorrow night  Liz is giving a talk and slide show on The Orkney’s.   It’s a special event free of charge.  I am meeting Patti there, it will be a lot of fun.

Many thanks for reading my blog on this cool, damp day.  I hope you have a wonderful day.   Carole