Oh my goodness...do you believe it?
It's August 1st already!
Happy August, friends!!
Our weekend was quiet, indeed, as I had hoped.
"Be careful what you wish for...." may have been the governing force in the weekend,
however, as Hubbs sustained a "little" back injury...making our weekend even quieter!
I used the time to get a little gardening done.
We are in the height of summer veggie season.
Every day yields tomatoes galore...
with more on the vines for tomorrow.
Peppers are abundant.
I resist picking them all now, though.
If left on the plants a little longer, they will be red and orange peppers.
There is never any question as to "what's for dinner?" these days...
oodles of vegetables... sometimes fresh, sometimes sautéed....
(everything in this pan came out of the garden...picked and sautéed and eaten within 30 minutes)
We've had zucchini and yellow squash galore this summer.
With prolific zucchini always comes the questions...
"what to do with all this zucchini?"
Of course there is baking and sautéing.
I use them like cucumbers in salad.
Last week I bought a spiralizer for my Kitchenaid.
I used it to spiralize fresh zucchini which we then used raw
beneath a spaghetti meat sauce.
It was delicious, without the extra carbs of pasta.
I highly recommend this for you spaghetti lovers who are wondering
what to do with all of your zucchini!
I also planted our fall vegetables this weekend.
Over the next two months broccoli, kale, brussels sprouts, and cauliflower
will mature...providing us with a fall harvest of fresh veggies.
It's also blackberry season here on the farm...
both in our patch and growing wild.
We picked enough this weekend for jam...
with a few leftovers for ice-cream.
I received a package via FedEx this weekend.
It is a present for Daphne...
an accessory that I imagine she will grow to hate...
but a necessary one.
Yes, sadly, Daphne needs a grazing muzzle.
It's either this or never being allowed out to graze...
which to me seems cruel.
She will be sporting this lovely pink muzzle when out in the pasture,
until late autumn when the pasture is dormant.
Hopefully she will lose a little weight.
Why am I concerned?
Do you see the neck roll beneath her mane?
It is a good indicator of just how overweight she is.
Donkeys tend to put on weight on their necks.
Chloe is not as bad as Daphne for putting on weight,
however, Chloe is headed for a grazing muzzle as well...
just to make sure she doesn't get too overweight.
How does she feel about this eventuality?
Not so impressed with the idea, are you Chloe?
I can only imagine how difficult getting this on her will be...
if the fly mask is any indicator!
Just a quick rooster update...
Fish is doing quite nicely in his new home with the hens.
He looks so much happier than he did with the boys!
And the three crazy Roos who moved to the turkey house are doing well, also.
They will be allowed to begin free-ranging this week.
We'll see what kind of mischief they will get into around the barn!