Monthly Archives: June 2014

Summer Morning

This last day of June, the hydrangea are starting to bloom. In Japan, hydrangea bloom during the rainy season in June and July. Growing up I associated their flowers with rain and snails. When I close my eyes and think … Continue reading

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Importance of Love

Looking at two cats snuggled together on a chair, it’s easy to see that love is important to cats. In her book Animal Madness, Laurel Braitman states that animals think, feel, and experience the same emotions that people do. Live … Continue reading

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Out of the Garden Today – June 28, 2014

Shopping for groceries in a supermarket can be stressful. All those people. All that noise. So many decisions to make. Which head of lettuce is the freshest? Which carrots are the sweetest? Gathering vegetables for dinner in the garden is … Continue reading

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Solving a Problem

I have a problem to solve and the solution involves building a simple box I can hang on a wall. And here is where the problem is, inside the hay shed. Two hens have decided that tops of hay bales … Continue reading

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Strike a Pose

Of all the chickens, Lucky is the most photogenic, and she seems to know it. She loves to pose. It’s almost as if she is saying, “How about this look? What if I move my head to the side?” She … Continue reading

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Never In a Car

It’s Thursday, time to take eggs and salad greens and garlic scapes to Tweets Café in Edison. I was thinking that it wasn’t that big a deal delivering my produce by bicycle. It’s only five miles, hardly far enough to … Continue reading

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A Ball of Butter or Dairy Liberation

Yesterday I had a bit of cream left, maybe a cup and a half, so I set it out in a bowl to culture overnight to churn it into butter this morning. I ended up with a small ball of … Continue reading

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Where Are The Chickens?

Walking up the driveway this morning, I noticed some of the chickens out in the far pasture. The pictures give an idea how much space the chickens at a man and his hoe® have. This is probably the impression many … Continue reading

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Thimble Berries

The thimble berries (rubus parvilorus) are starting to ripen. This year there is a bumper crop. Chances are, you will never see them in your grocer. They are very fragile and soft when they ripen. If you don’t eat them … Continue reading

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The Cows Are Back

Back in May, I mentioned missing the cows on a nearby farm. Today when I was pedaling home from the post office, the cows were back. I stopped and talked to the owner. He was looking pretty good, but did … Continue reading

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What Summer Looks-Tastes Like

This is what summer looks and tastes like at A Man and His Hoe®. The cherries are ripening early this year. Often, the birds finish off the cherries before we get a chance to enjoy them. This year, the birds … Continue reading

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Summer Musings

Every evening, many of the chickens end the day grazing on the grass next to the chicken yard. This time of year when the sun sets after 9 p.m. and dusk lingers until past 10 p.m., the chickens take their … Continue reading

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More on the Interracial Lesbian Moms

The black and white hens which are raising the two chicks seem to be OK with the situation. The two chicks go back and forth between the two mothers. The two mothers haven’t gotten into any big fights. Sometimes if … Continue reading

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The Return of Sweet Annie

While weeding the garlic patch with BB, who was along for moral support, I spotted Sweet Annie (Artemisia annua) coming up between the garlic stems. If you are going to encourage any weeds, this is a weed to welcome. It … Continue reading

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The Importance of Digging

Niji-hime 虹姫 is showing her chicks the importance of digging. Her seven chicks watch her every move. They dart in and out between her leggs, snatching any worms or bugs she digs out of the ground. Chicks are born knowing … Continue reading

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Kneading Bread Dough? Use a Bowl

I’ve been baking bread for half a century. One of my household chores as a small child was helping my mother bake bread. Even though I make bread without kneading, at times I just need to get my hands on … Continue reading

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Solstice Evening Near the Center of the Universe

It’s the summer solstice. The two mother hens aren’t staying up to watch the sun set on this longest day of the year. They have gone to bed early. I wonder where the two chicks they share are sleeping. During … Continue reading

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Interracial Lesbian Mothers

What is happening with the two mother hens sharing a brood? They are still getting along. At night, they sleep side by side in the doghouse where they hatched their two chicks. It’s impossible to know where the chicks are … Continue reading

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Solstice Eve

It’s the eve of the summer solstice. I’m not ready for the days to start getting shorter. The summer solstice comes too early. Days should keep getting longer until mid or late August. Many Iris are in bloom, and the … Continue reading

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Fields for Someone

Bicycling home after delivering eggs, garlic scapes, and greens to Tweets Café this afternoon, I had to stop and enjoy the roadside grasses and flowers. All the grass seeds and flowers are meals for many. The blackberries are in full … Continue reading

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