This week certainly flew by!
That may be appropriate since I ended up spending an inordinate amount of time with birds this week.
|they may be getting a little weary of my visits|
|egg laying can be a "community" event|
Although, it was in the henhouse, and as I’m sure you’re aware, chickens don’t fly very well. But, we finally figured out who had been eating the profits and have resolved the issue. (well, somewhat…total resolution will come this week…but, as I am certain that will be a story all its own…I’ll leave you in suspense for now…) I did learn a great deal about “hen sociology/psychology“and I saw a number of eggs being laid. So, I can assure you that our eggs are FRESH!
She laid it right in my hand
It’s been incredibly hot this week and we’ve watched the big clouds form up for some torrential rains…everywhere but here. Seriously, I could hear the thunder and even smell the rain a couple of times, but we have missed out on almost all of the precipitation (and the torrential, flashfloods, hail and tornado warnings) but, we’ve gotten enough to keep the grass growing (sort of) and the gardens producing, so we won’t complain. (we are, however, praying hard for measurable rainfall)
|it just looks hot at morning choretime|
|storm clouds rolling in|
We managed to keep our travels to just TWO trips to town this week (aside from the Market). That may seem like no big news, but just to get to town and back takes 45 minutes. So, a simple trip to town is very rarely a simple trip to town. Things have a way of “mushrooming” and getting slightly out of control.
|the sign at the dump always gives me a chuckl|
|the "pool chickies" are getting big|
|the green beans need picking|
|spotted the first praying mantis|
|keep an eye on that tiny zucchini!|
It will become a submarine if you're not careful
|seedlings for the hoophouse|
|first tomatoes of '14|
It’s always a big deal when we harvest the first tomato of the season. Tomatoes seem to require more thought and attention than any other crop we grow. I start the seeds in early March and we don’t usually see any fruit until around the first of July. That means we start selling around mid-July (sometimes it’s August). During the growing phase, we have re-potted, fertilized, planted out in the garden, mulched, trellised, irrigated, fertilized and done preventive maintenance for bugs and disease. All before we ever see a single tomato! It seems like the crop should then last for ages, but the first frost (sometimes in early September) will put an end to the harvest. That’s always a sad day. But, for now…we’re enjoying tomatoes at nearly every meal. And, yes, customers…we will save some for you!
|this is Summer on a plate|
The Boss plowed the fall potato garden in anticipation of this week’s planting.
|ready for tilling|
The tilling he did on the Fourth will allow us to get some more brassicas planted for fall. The final succession of cucumbers and squash need to get in the ground soon, too. Sissie has taken to sleeping in the transplant trailer. I’m hoping she is protecting my plants from any further “Gus attacks”.
we have a "camouflaged guard cat"!
|Gus loves CUCUMBERS!|
Speaking of Gus, this week he attempted to eat a cooler! We’ve been using our coolers for at least 15 years…and he totally “redesigned” the handle of one in under fifteen MINUTES. I'm back to constantly repeating “Hesapuppyhesapuppyhesapuppy…” Did you read this ONE?
Market day dawned clear and amazingly cool.
It was 48* when I left the house at 6am. The light of early morning always makes doing chores a pleasure and the drive to town is always so pretty. I was especially happy to note THIS on my way in to town… know what it is?
Yep, “the hay guy” got our hay cut! Hooray!
On my way home from Market, I noted this…
“Mrs. Hay Guy” raking the hay.
Which meant there was a message on the machine from the hay guy about picking up said hay. SOON Now, you know what we’re going to do tomorrow…
Another amazing Market capped off the week.
The weather was absolutely gorgeous. We had a great band, providing some jazz for shopping ambience
and some of our littlest customers granted me some assistance on a project I’m working on to promote vegetable consumption. #Eatyourveggies (more about that one later) Thank you, kiddos!
Hope you had a great week! …and a
Thanks so much for stopping by! Do come again.
|watching the storm roll on by|