Three weeks ago I took a bunch of photos of life around the farm, intending to blog that evening, or maybe the next morning…life intervened…and company, company, more company. But here, Kay, finally, are the photos you requested, albeit, three weeks (or is it four?) old!
First, Daffodil and Pansy, who seem to be twice as big now as when these photos are taken, and who will go to the butcher next week:
Next, the “chicks” who are also about twice as large now. They are due to start laying sometime in the next two months. There are 8 americanas, 5 silver laced wyandottes, and two golden comets.
And the meat birds, Kosher Kings, arrived August 9th…that must have been when I actually took all these photos!
And we mustn’t forget the turkeys, named Christmas, Thanksgiving, Easter, and Dottie (for neighbor!) (I know, I know, I’m in a rut about holiday dinners, but we LIKE turkey!)
At this point, the turkeys are in the big pen behind the sheep shed and the “meaties” are in this big chicken tractor in “Chicken Village.”
So, I think that’s all the animals but the sheep, and I didn’t get photos of them. Next week, when both new rams are here…
However, I did attempt to grow some squashes this year in the winter ram pen, once the piglets had dug it all up for me, when they first came, back in April.
Here is a new kind for me, Anna Hubbard:
And a golden hubbard, also grown for the first time:
And old faithful, the Blue Hubbard:
And another new one, a delicata, the very species of which I have forgotten:
And one of two types of buttercup,Uncle David’s, I think this one is, along with a French squash, whose name I’ve forgotten, Galois something,maybe…I’ll look it up, I promise. It gets “warts”all over it by the time it matures…
Oh, I almost forgot: presenting the newest members of our family, now 12 weeks old, but then 9 weeks old: Eloise (grey) and Hector.
Okay, finally, I got these up. Now, considering that we’ve had “Girls’ Week, followed by Cousin Katie for aweek, followed by son and family for nine days, surely, I can be forgiven for not blogging!
Meanwhile, I took most of the summer off from my Italian lessons, and will begin again next week. June will be here before you know it, and Tuscany beckons. Also, I started taking oil painting lessons after my friend, Dottie, an accomplished artist came during “Girls’ Week” to give the girls (granddaughter, Laura, 8 and great niece, Emma, 9) and me a morning of lessons. I got bitten, so now I am a weekly student of Dottie. She has taught me a great deal, but I’m still not at the point where I want to post my paintings. Maybe the next one?…