Hit the Ground Running

Once the weather warms up around here, you have to run to keep up with everything. There is weeding and planting; weeding and watering; weeding and mowing; weeding and tending livestock and…well you get the idea.

This week I picked up chick’s at the hatchery. I could have got them from any feedstore, but I  like to have a better selection than Rhode Island Red or some other popular breed. I like to be able to collect eggs without having to keep one eye on the door, ready to run in the event that a chicken decides to…  A-T-T-A-C-K! I prefer the more docile breeds. I ordered a Buff Orpington, three Ameracana (a.k.a. Easter Egger), a Delaware, and a Black Star. The hatchery always adds a couple of free chicks…mystery chicks…figure out what breed they are. When I  got home I discovered not two,  but four free chicks! So what was an order of six chicks, became ten. 😑  One of the mystery chicks is a Black Star, one is a second Orpington, and then two ??? I  am guessing that they are possibly Australorps. 

I love the sweetness of Ameracana chickens. I have two grown hens that are 1-1/2 years old. One (named Cadbury) lays olive eggs; the other one (Jelly Bean) lays sky blue eggs. I have a Marans, named Cocoa, that lays milk chocolate colored eggs. I have one Red Star that lays jumbo brown eggs. I have a Sussex named Cameo that lays medium sized rose colored eggs. I have Wyondotte, named Wynona, that lays small, thin shelled eggs, very light tan eggs. I know that at least two birds will be culled before Winter. 

Then there is my “catbird” 😊  His name is Tiny.

Happy gardening!

Spring Has Arrived 

Following a very snowy Winter, we welcome Spring with all the blooms, fragrance, and activity. Spring has been wet with a lot of rain…weekly. ☔ Garden beds are being cleared and early vegetables are being planted.  🌱 Take a peek at the beginning of Spring here at my gardens.

Now to get caught up with all of the rapidly growing grass and weeds. 😉

Snapshots of Winter 2017

Spring has arrived here but first, I want to share some photos of our very snowy Winter. Snow is not uncommon around here in Winter but this year we did get more than average for our 2500ft. elevation. A lot of people had roofs collaspe. Rivers and creeks ran high when everything began to melt. There is still snow on the higher mountains around us. Enjoy the show…I will be sharing Spring photos soon.

Late Autumn/Early Winter