Saturday, October 18, 2014

Getting Ready

Short post here to let you know I will be on hiatus from the homestead for a few weeks as I travel to visit with 2 of my daughters and families in the south. Hens are temporarily housed at a "foster home" until I get back. (And just to let you know, all the baby chicks of Aunt Emma's survived except one.) Izzy and I are looking forward to a vacation again. We would have left before now, however a few "kinks" appeared and that has been holding us up. I will be posting back on "Changing Lanes" in the meantime. At some point I would like to combine my 2 blogs, but not sure how to do it.
I have had help lined up 2 times to get my garden beds filled and it wasn't followed through for one reason or another. Hopefully I will get rested up, and not go through another spell of arthritis like I did last winter in this "frigid Pennsylvania tundra", and be able to tackle it in the spring. I already have 4 forms built, 5 yds of garden dirt, and my organic seeds. My by-then 3yo asparagus should be producing rather well, and I will be looking forward to the first of the blueberries on my bushes.
If it just wasn't so danged cold here......
 
Thanks for stopping by!

Friday, September 19, 2014

Hatched!!

Thru wind and rain, sunny days and cooler nights, Aunt Emma stayed on the nest in the hosta plant. I am so proud of her! This morning she was off and sitting spread out near the quince bush. Aha!
Someone else is getting nosey. Emma lets her know not to get too close!
One little...
Two little...
Three little chickies!
Four little, five little, six little chickies!
Seven little, eight little, nine little chickies!!
Nine out of ten ain't bad!
Off she goes, taking them into the big old world, teaching them how to eat, and getting them some sun. What a great mother she is!
Thanks for stopping by. I hope you enjoyed my pictures!
 
Ecclesiastes 3:11
He has made everything beautiful in its time. He has also set eternity in the human heart; yet no one can fathom what God has done from beginning to end. (NIV)
 

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Waiting at the Gate

Good Morning!
Some of my Light Brahma hens are getting impatient with me. "Okay, I'm on my way!"
 
These 4 (4?) hens remind me of my grandmother, her 2 sisters, and a SIL.
Stocky built, wearing the fashionable dress of the fifties, they are often found conversing among themselves, sharing the latest news.  So they are aptly named Grandma, Aunt Keenie, Aunt Peggy, and Aunt Emma.
"So Girls, where is Aunt Emma??"
( I better find her as she will want to eat also...)

Uh-huh......... mystery solved!
She must have started this when I was up in NY visiting my sister. I peeked and she has 10 eggs under her. They should hatch by the end of this week. We shall see...
 

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Attempting to get into Blogging Again

So much has happened since I last blogged.... Had a VERY rough winter healthwise, but I am doing so much better now. This is what has been happening at my home.
New garden beds being built for planting early next spring.
My free-range hens are enjoying scratching in the weeds and underbrush.
The water hydrants I had put in last summer are very handy so close to the hen houses.
I now have eggs for sale!
Pretty Boy McCoy watches over his flock carefully, and I think the hens are happy
 
I did have to let my goats go because of the affect of the arthritis flare-up on my hands and wrists last winter. The rabbits and turkeys are gone as well to lighten the load. We all have to make tough choices at times. I choose to be content with my chicken flocks and gardens.
 
Here are some other "hens and chicks"
Have a blessed day!
Ps 103: 1-5