Monthly Archives: March 2015

Gold Chicken

Gold is a popular color. You can get watches, iPads, iPhones, rings, necklaces, and many other trinkets in gold. But I’ve got them all topped. I’ve got a golden chicken. None of those devices lay eggs. This is dazzling Hazel … Continue reading

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King Richard Dances Under the Plum Tree

King Richard has found a spot, perfect for him, under the blooming plum tree. You can see him scratch and roll around in the dirt in the clip below. Watch him dance below and swing his comb and waddles from … Continue reading

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To Lay a Good Egg Demands Beauty

You might not think that chickens need cherry blossoms to lay a good egg, but they do. Chickens have eyes designed to see more colors than we can. Housing them in drab housing without being able to see the blue … Continue reading

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Elegant Tangerine

Some hens are so elegant. Tangerine is such a hen. The coloring on her neck feathers make it look like she’s wearing a fringed cape. Her stylish comb gives her a touch of class. So if you ever buy some … Continue reading

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Art Happens Despite What We Do

An art installation isn’t the intention when we trim a maple tree. But the jumble of branches and twigs does look like an art installation destined for a museum. I could see art critics pondering the meaning of all these … Continue reading

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Protecting Her Eggs

Buttercup lets out her inner dinosaur to protect her eggs. It’s too bad that hens don’t have hands. If they did, they could write novels, code apps, knit booties, all sorts of things while they wait for their eggs to … Continue reading

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A Season for Colors

The first tulip is starting to open. This is a season for colors. Everyday there is something new in bloom. It makes waking up each morning an adventure. A sweater makes a good makeshift egg basket. So do pockets in … Continue reading

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Cherry Blossoms

The cherry blossoms are in full bloom now, three weeks earlier than last year. Last year it was March 27 when they opened up. They smell like baby powder. It’s been a very warm winter and spring. I looked back … Continue reading

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Becoming a Mother Again

This is Buttercup sitting on her eggs today. Last year in April she was doing the same thing. She’s aged a bit in a year. The pictures below are from last April when she was sitting on eggs and teaching … Continue reading

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More Promises

A second hen is sitting on eggs. By the end of the month, there should be two mother hens raising chicks. The warm, sunny weather is encouraging them to start early this year.

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Always a Question

Chickens seem to always be on the verge of asking a question. Who is that? What are they eating? When is that nest going to be empty? Where are you going? They are always asking questions. You can see it … Continue reading

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Is She or Isn’t She?

Hanabi-Hime 花火姫 has been on a nest for two full days. Is she or isn’t she incubating eggs? She’s just a year old. If she is, she will be the first hen this year. It’s a great time to start. … Continue reading

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Seed Mindfulness

Saving seeds is an opportunity to practice mindfulness. These are the dried flowers of 牛蒡 – Gobo (burdock). The foot to two feet long roots of young gobo have a delicious, woodsy, mushroomy, carroty taste. After pulling the flowers apart … Continue reading

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Nature’s Hope

This is how nature hopes … with blossoms. The fruiting plum trees are just starting to unfold their blooms. Each one of their tiny buds is hope for a plum, and from the plum, a future plum tree. Imagine if … Continue reading

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Winter Refuse

The world of vegetables is a world of dazzling color. It makes you wonder why they aren’t called colors instead of greens. This is a colorful pile of chard, ruby streaks, and onions I cleared out of a hoop house … Continue reading

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Help Is On the Way

I’m clearing out a bed of chard and onion to make way for spinach. The packet says 38 days to harvest. I love how seed packets are always so full of optimism. First Billy and then Lucky come into the … Continue reading

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