thank you chickens_mainYou know, we decided to start this blog so the people at home – our friends, family, church members – who kept requesting that we “let them know what we were up to”, could indeed see what we were up to. We now have over 100 followers on social media of some type… I realize that this is not huge in the grand scheme of things, but for us it’s amazing. 102 people follow us on Face Book, a couple dozen people follow this blog by having it e-mailed to them, and 30 some just follow it directly on WordPress. I just want to thank family members, who indulge us by reading – because they have to, and friends, old and new, who have supported us in this adventure. It’s always such a great feeling knowing that you are following along and rooting for us; rejoicing when we get something right, and sympathizing with us when things go awry. Thank you so very much! Now… on with our regularly scheduled programming.

So, on Wednesday I promised that I’d recap the week while I was out of the town. Sue always works hard, and when I’m gone or working late, she has to take up all the slack. On Tuesday, Sue had a busy day – she mowed by the dinky house, the grasses were knee high over there, now it looks like it has a rather nice lawn; she watered the large trees because we haven’t had enough rain to speak of and they are just drying out; she went to our neighbor’s to pick up their manure for our compost piles; ran into town to pick up greens for the chickens; and then watered the gabion gardens and the potted trees in the IMG_3260afternoon. That’s a full day! On Wednesday Sue started the day by doing chores – naturally – and then went on to spread and cover the seeds in the recently vacated space of the RCW [for those of you have just joined us recently, RCW stands for Romany Chicken Wagon]. These are seeds that work as cover crop and help re-establish soil quality and help with erosion control. The yellow patch is where the new seeds were spread, covered using the straw that we removed from the goat enclosure and shed. Next to that, on the left, the high grasses are from the first planting after we moved the RCW the first and second time. Little by little we’re doing all we can to replenish the soils all over the property.  Thursday Sue continued on her mowing task. I’ve stated that it never ends and it is true. There are areas that she’s already mowed, a couple of times, that are back up to our knees – it doesn’t take long, which we are always lamenting.

chicken haloToday, Sue started out the morning taking a cool photo of the RR#2’s silhouetted by the morning sun, giving their outline a halo effect. I’m leaving this photo large, because you can’t really see it otherwise. After chores, she spent time getting things ready for planting tomorrow. That’s what we’re going to try to do this weekend – get as many of the chestnut trees in the ground as possible. We think we’re ready as we’ll ever be to get them in the ground and protected from the winds that come in the fall. We have 12 Chestnuts, 2 Pomegranates, and 1 Fruiting Mulberry to get in the orchard. Luckily, Monday is a holiday and I’m not going in to work, so we have a good chance of getting most, if not all in the ground. I’ll be able to report directly on that Monday evening. Until then, as always~
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IMG_3266Today’s Weather: Better than it had been. The high was 92°, breezy, but not windy – we even had a bit of rain this afternoon, but not really measurable. We’re slated for more rain tomorrow starting around 1pm. Why is it always predicted to rain right when we’re doing chores?By 7pm, it’s supposed to clear up some. and raining again on Sunday and Monday. Currently (8:07 p.m.) it is 77° with 58% humidity and a 20% chance of rain. Our overnight low looks to be 63°.  Sunset was at 6:42 and sunrise will be 5:55 tomorrow.

Egg Report: I kept putting this off all week. So now – with out further ado – the numbers! Saturday – zero goose, zero duck, 26 chicken. Sunday – zero goose, zero duck, 24 chicken. Monday – zero goose, zero duck, 24 chicken. Tuesday – zero goose, zero duck, 32 chicken. Wednesday – 183-1zero goose, zero duck, 26 chicken. Thursday – zero goose, zero duck, 29 chicken. Friday – zero goose, zero duck, 22 chicken. That’s 183 chicken eggs this week. not bad for low numbers.  Our oldies are barely laying right now – today they only gave us 7. That’s why we’re getting another infusion of chicks in a couple of weeks so that, by spring, we’ll have a goodly number of layers again.