Friday, July 29, 2011

Rosie P

So, I still have some other family friends to introduce to you (OK-it is another pig, who we have had for a bit now, but I haven't introduced him yet.), but I have to cut the line and first introduce our newest arrival....

Rosie Penelope.

Here is Squirrel holding Rosie after catching her in a pig scramble at our local community fair.

She is super cute, and although the plan is for her to be our dinner after this winter, we are in love with her. PS-There is a bit of a discussion between Squirrel and The Mr. about Rosie becoming a mama next year vs. Rosie becoming dinner before then. I kind of think I know how it is going to pan out.

Squirrel catching & winning Rosie was quite an unexpected surprise, so we weren't really prepared. We already have 1 boy 'farmed out' and needed to figure out a plan for Rosie. Luckily, more friends own another great farm and agreed to have Rosie stay with them, as they were planning on getting piglets as well.

When Rosie first got to the farm, I think she was a bit lonely. She had her own stall, and when we went to find her, every time she would be burrowed under the hay. She was lucky to get lots of human visitors, but I think she wanted some friends who oinked. Luckily, within a couple of days, she got 3 new older girlfriends! Her girlfriends are not our pigs, but we sure are glad that they are Rosie's pals. I will introduce them to you next week.

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Neglected Garden-Part One

This is my front & side garden from last week-I never posted. I was also too scared to check out the larger vegetable garden, because I had neglected it for two weeks. I took a peek last night, and I was right-yikes. A garden neglected for three weeks mid summer is never a great thing. But I did find some good things too, so I will share some of that with you later this week. Here is we have for your viewing pleasure now...

Does anyone know what these are? I got them from a plant swap, and can't remember what they are-very hardy and pretty. Bees love them.

Same flower close up.

A pretty sunflower planted by the birds just beginning to follow the sun.

Nice little peas that I always intersperse throughout my front garden. The handful that I ate were pretty tasty, but someone else ate every single last one before I got to pick the rest...

No joke. He was apparently hungry.

The Egyptian Onions are looking super full. You can eat the tops, or pull them off late season or spring and plant more onions. These really are great plants for sharing!

The first few of our high bush blueberries. Now, just remember, Maine Wild Blueberries taste the best and are chock full of antioxidants!!

The lavender fully bloomed. I usually harvest this all while it is in bud form to dry and use for lavender sachets. This year I missed it-never enough time! The bees love this too. 

The beginning of a pumpkin that Mother Nature decided to grow, from composted pumpkins. 

How is your garden growing this summer?

Linked at Amy's Blogger Garden Tour too. How about you link up pics of your garden?

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Blog Updating

So, I decided if I am going to do this blog thing, I should try to do it right. Clearly, I have no idea what I am doing! Bear with me though, I might learn!
I added an 'About' page on the top of the blog. (Although I am not really the kind of gal to share too much about me in the 'About Me' section.) I kind of like the pages thing-I think I am going to add more.

I added the labels thing, and then deleted.  I had a million of labels with one post only. Do you like the labels listing or not?

I tried the green background-yikes! Went back to natural. 

I gotta work on the header, I know. Advice here?

What do you think? Give me some good blog advice, please! And, if you have a blog, where do you find your best blog tips?

I scored you some pics here, since it is all blog questions & info and that is kind of totally boring, picture wise. Thanks for the read and for maybe some advice!

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Up to Camp

Hello! I am back. The kids and I took some time and visited camp. We had a great time and it was a great way to kick off summer. We are back now, just in time for 100 degree weather. I have an upcoming post this week about what my garden was up to when we were away, but I really don't want to go outside to take pictures yet. Maybe it will cool off later. (ha!)

Anyway, I wanted to share a few pictures from our adventures. Here is what we have been up to, in no particular order.

Hope that your summer takes you to some magical places too.

Friday, July 1, 2011

Keeping Backyard Chickens

So, remember when I mentioned that I was planning to introduce you to the girls? Here they are! (So far, they all look like girls, but I have no idea when they start to look like boys if they are a rooster-time will tell.)

I don't have many pictures of them when we first got them, as it was during the 'camera in the shop' era. The chart below will have to suffice-it is pretty much exactly how they looked. They were 1 day old when we got them. We got 7 chicks. I wanted 6, so I figured we should get 7 in case of a casualty.

We of course had to name them, and needed a chart to keep all of their names straight. (Well, some of us needed a chart.)

It is now 5 weeks later, and here are the girls now. Their adult feathers are in, and they look much different than they did as chicks, so there is a bit of 'discussion' as to who is who at this point. We need a new chart!

The names as I currently see them:
Lightning (as in McQueen!)

 Strike or Streak, depending on who you ask...

OK. That is all I've got for now. We also have Peepster, Henrietta, and someone else?

We (well, some of us) have been wanting to get chickens for a while now, and we finally took the plunge. I am so glad we did. So far, it has been really fun. Squirrel & Dozer are big fans, and the girls are really fun. Our four legged friend is not a big fan, so we need to come up with a solution for that. (Any suggestions?)

Now, the big wait will be until they are five or six months old, when our first eggs should come. Now, that will be exciting!

A couple of things I learned so far:

I had planned to let them free range, and had visions of them eating all of the yucky bugs out of our garden. But, I didn't realize that if you let them in your garden, you should wait 120 days before harvesting food, due to the possibility of salmonella contamination. So, no bug picking until after the garden has been harvested.

They don't do well in wet areas, so that leaves out most of our yard (at one time of the year or another). So, we have to find a better spot for them. Now they are in front of our clothesline in this pretty cute coop we got on Craigslist. We put wheel on the coop and the original plan was to move it around the yard. Now, we are unsure if we would like a designated area. We will figure it out as we go, as usual...

Do you have any good chicken advice for us newbies?

I am going off duty for a week or so, but I may be able to do a post or two while away. If not, I will see you again here the week of July 10th. Have a happy week!