Thursday, July 31, 2008
No, they are not loaves of bread, or popovers! They are mushrooms. No wonder there are so many toads around here.....they have plenty of toadstools!!!!
Tuesday, July 29, 2008
What we have noticed this year is a large population of toads. There is one that lives in our feed room and several that I have noticed in the vegetable garden. These warty fellows are always welcome since they help to keep the insect population at bay.
This week, as I mowed,I noticed for the first time a huge amount of tiny toads. I am not sure if these are just young toads or a species of smaller toads. Almost everywhere you step you can see them hopping through the grass to avoid your step. I am wondering if we have so many as a result of the wet weather we have had most of this year.
Sunday, July 27, 2008
Friday, July 25, 2008
Meanwhile, Ava (the young and fearless) takes a much needed after-breakfast nappy.
Thursday, July 24, 2008
Tuesday, July 22, 2008
Saturday, July 19, 2008
Friday, July 18, 2008
Forrest is the largest of our babies and still remains such a sweetheart...gentle and kind.
Two of our goat babies remain For Sale....Yo Skip (fainting goat) pictured above and our little tricolor Dwarf Nigerian buck named Darryl... Both goats are available as full bucks (and would make terrific breeders), or we will neuter them for you. They need to go to a home with other goats as these fellows are quite sociable and will need company. Unless, of course, you wish to adopt them both! If you are interested....email us!
Tuesday, July 15, 2008
Saturday, July 12, 2008
This year's blueberry crop has been exceptionally abundant. Friday I picked about 15 lbs of blueberries and turned them into 26 half pints of jam, with plenty left over for eating. Last evening while making animal rounds I passed the blueberry patch and noticed that two birds were caught in the bird netting that covers the bushes. They were a species of bird that I had not seen before. It took about 10 minutes to free this pair from the bonds of the bird net and they flew off unharmed. When I got back to the house, I checked our bird book to find that the birds that I rescued were a pair of orchard orioles that had stopped by for a blueberry dinner and gotten caught under the net. Note to self: check blueberry nets several times daily!
Sunday, July 6, 2008
Saturday, July 5, 2008
Thursday, July 3, 2008
Wednesday, July 2, 2008
At the end of this past winter, our flock was steadily holding at 6 chickens. We started 26 more chickens from just-hatched chicks and successfully raised all of them to maturity. Since our numbers have increased we have added another 8' X 10' shed at the opposite end of the yard.