Last night was filled with lightening flashing through my bedroom windows, thunder and hard rain. I hardly slept. It was also very muggy and I would awaken to a quiet night, open the window, get back into bed and fall asleep, only to wake a short time later to get out of bed and close the windows. I should have just gone downstairs and turned the A/C on low. Oh well . . .
This morning is gorgeous albeit cloudy. It stopped raining, it’s warm and the grass has turned a beautiful shade of green. I’m beginning to believe spring is well on her way to summer.
Yesterday was a day of errands, one of which was a trip to a favorite garden center. I had planned on buying a couple of climbing roses and some marigolds for the vegetable garden. However, they didn’t have any marigolds in yet. They also didn’t have the ‘New Dawn’ climbing rose I was looking for, so I purchased two healthy looking ‘Ramblin’ Red’ roses. They are a pretty shade of red and should look beautiful on the arbor that Brian will be building at the front of the house to hide the ugly mechanical stuff.
Welcome to Random Foto Friday where I share my favorite moments from around the farm this week. Today’s post is a day late as yesterday was shearing day for our alpacas. Thanks to Pete and his team from Top Knot Shearing for their great work. Our friend Greg and his son, Max, were out to help and while they were here they helped Brian prepare the vegetable garden for planting. Hope you enjoy these moments from the farm this week!
Now that the weather has seemingly straightened itself out, I’m in vegetable garden planning mode. Most years I fly by the seat of my pants, but this year I wanted to make sure I got in everything for yummy summer salads with enough to feed our chickens, ducks, geese, rabbits and goats. Everyone gets fresh vegetables at breakfast time and this year I’m determined that it’s all going to come from my very own garden.
Now that the weather is finally cooperating with spring, my attention is turning to planning the vegetable garden, landscaping the front of wonky old farmhouse, and ordering more chickens. This winter took it’s toll on my hens. I lost three to unknown causes, one to wry neck and a fifth to a hawk yesterday. The hawk didn’t make off with the chicken, but the damage was done. I’m getting used to losing chickens, but it sure doesn’t get any easier. A little piece of my heart breaks off with each one.
Since we’ve been on the farm it’s been a thing to order new chickens in the spring. This spring is no different. I’ve ordered five Silver Gray Dorkings and 5 Dominiques. I like to try out different chickens to keep things interesting. I tend to order darker chickens because I read somewhere that they’re not as obvious from the sky should an eagle or hawk fly over. Not sure how true that is considering what happened yesterday, but it helps to think it’s so.
Silver Gray Dorking Hen
Our new day old chicks should arrive sometime around the end of May. In the meantime, I have to get to Home Depot to pick up some new medium size boxes. Putting three together makes for one spacious and cozy brood nest!
Aside from chickens I’m waiting for word on my bees. Their expected date of arrival is towards the end of April, beginning of May. I’m eager to get going. I’m about “read” out and want to put what I’ve learned into practice. And one can only watch “hiving a package of bees” on YouTube so many times. I’m ready for action!
Welcome to Random Foto Friday where I share my favorite moments from around the farm this week. It has been a harrowing week with the freezing temperatures and heavy snowfall creating a dire situation for migrating birds, especially Robins, who are unable to forage for worms and insects with the heavy snow cover. I know caring individuals from all over the state of Wisconsin were taking care of these beautiful harbingers of spring and that many were saved because of their efforts. Well done!
I am literally physically and emotionally sick over the dire situation our migratory birds, including Robins, are in. With the freezing temperatures and snow cover Robins particularly are at risk because they can’t forage for worms and insects. They are not seed eaters so even if I keep the bird feeders full, it doesn’t help them much.
This is the year I begin my journey into honey bee keeping. Actually it started a few years back when I took a beginning beekeeping course at the Madison Area Technical College. As interesting as it was, and as excited as I was in becoming a beekeeper, I decided I wasn’t quite ready for bees and instead I would take my time and learn as much as I could before actually bringing bees to the farm.
You may or may not have noticed that my blog is in a bit of a shambles. I’m at my wits end. I changed my hosting platform from one account to another (within the same company that shall not be named) and it’s been a nightmare. Half of the pictures in my media gallery are missing, which means that they are missing from posts, and most of the plugins I had plugged in are gone. On top of that, unnamed company keeps migrating the files from my farm website instead of migrating the ones from this site. If ever there was a need for Calgon to come and take me away, this is one of them.
I hope that all will be made well within a few days and in the meantime, I’m trying to be patient. Patience is not one of my virtues. Messing with my blog is like messing with me. If you journal or blog, you know what I mean.
And, it snowed again! And it’s cold! What happened to spring? I think it sprung a leak.
Thank goodness for chickens and ducks and geese. When I look at them living in the moment I often think how nice it would be to be one of them. Sooner or later, everything gets right again and I’m happy to be who I am. Although spending my days eating, nesting, swimming and basking in the sun doesn’t sound half bad.
Wishing all my family and friends, near and far, a Blessed and Happy Easter.
Even though we may be miles apart, you’re in my thoughts and always on my heart. To my dear readers, thank you for following and Blessed Be.
Welcome! I’m Teresa . . . the hen in Hen in a Farmhouse Nest.
I’m a Canadian living in the United States who wishes she lived in England. I inhabit a wonky farmhouse with my husband, Brian, our dogs and parrots and a miniature pig. We also care for alpacas, ducks, chickens, a pair of geese, rabbits, goats, and a couple of barn cats.
Jane Austin once wrote, “There is nothing like staying at home for real comfort”. I have to agree. While I often daydream of visiting far off places, my heart longs to be at home. Whether I’m inside or outside, I can find plenty to keep me busy and content. I enjoy decorating, renovating (as time and budget allow), gardening, reading, creating, and blogging.
I hope to inspire you with simple farm living as we renovate and decorate our wonky farmhouse; with recipes and projects, and thrift store finds.
So, come on up on my front porch and make yourself comfortable as I offer you a cup of tea and some of Brian’s homemade chocolate chip cookies and let’s chat for awhile.