Monthly Archives: July 2015

Woodpecker Chick

What name do I give this chick? One of Hazel’s chicks has a woodpecker face. It has a featherless neck like Hazel, a Turken chicken. These naked neck Turkens are from Transylvania. This little chick’s biological mother is Special, Hazel’s … Continue reading

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Out of the Woods

Ungetsu-hime 雲月姫 brought her chicks out of the woods today. Like many a parent, she’s too proud of them to squirrel them away in the woods. It’s like she’s flaunting them. This one will be a doctor, this one a … Continue reading

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Hazel Shows Her Chicks Beauty

Yesterday Hazel took her chicks out for the first time. Out and about she took them. Down the path and through the mint and bachelor buttons, to all the places beautiful she took them. This is why chicks need a … Continue reading

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A Surprise Every Day

I was heading out the gate on my bicycle to pedal down to the post office when I heard baby chicks chirping in the woods. When I went to check if they were in trouble, I found Ungetsu-hime with a … Continue reading

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Baby Beans and Not So Baby Beans

Beans start out as babies too, cute, tiny, slightly fuzzy, green babies. You know how when you look at someone’s baby picture, you can see similarities between their adult faces and their baby faces? It’s probably the same between baby … Continue reading

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I Knew They Were Good

I knew my eggs were good, and today I received proof. Back in June, Mother Earth News organized nutrient testing for eggs so I sent in a dozen eggs to be tested. I received the results today, and the eggs … Continue reading

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Which Is More Beautiful?

Which is more beautiful? Is it this flower? That flower? This plant? That plant? Maybe that one over there. It’s a good thing there’s no test. They can be all the most beautiful. You don’t have to settle for one.

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First Blush

The green plums are starting to blush. Every day I check to see if the deer have found them yet. Yesterday, instead of being greeted with plump green plums, I saw tinges of rose and purple. The first blush of … Continue reading

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Hazel Becomes a Mother

You’ve got a reason to pop that champagne bottle open, the one you’ve been saving all these years, waiting for that special occasion. Hazel’s a mother. Her chicks started hatching yesterday. She’s two and a half years old and this … Continue reading

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Melon Dew – Beauty Strikes

When you garden, be prepared for beauty to strike at any moment. Being struck by bolts of beauty is a hazard of vegetable gardening. Maybe humans aren’t designed to handle so much beauty. It might be why they flee the … Continue reading

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Nothing Is Just A

It’s just a flowering plum tree, only it’s not just that. For ten years we’ve watched a flowering plum tree with dark burgundy leaves grow in our backyard. Each spring it delights with pink clouds of plum blossoms. Today, we … Continue reading

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Sleeping Beauty

Wake up early enough and you can catch the poppies still sleeping. It’s kind of like sneaking up on your lover when they are snoozing. But don’t get too excited. The poppies won’t jump when you say, “Boo!” They’ll just … Continue reading

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We All Want Comfort – Even Cats and Chickens

We all want to be comfortable. For Rusty, that means a whole body scratch against a concrete block. For Svenda, comfort is digging a big hole in the garden and sitting in it. It’s cool in the hole. Chickens enjoy … Continue reading

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Happiness is Outdoors

What is about the outdoors that is so full of happiness? What is about a hen sitting on eggs that makes you smile? What is it about fuzzy, blue flowers that make you giggle? What is it about a curious … Continue reading

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Who’s Been Passing Out the Drugs?

It’s mid July. Time for the garden to go crazy. What was the big deal with the LSD craze in the 1950s and 60s? During a 15-year period beginning in 1950, research on LSD and other hallucinogens generated over 1000 … Continue reading

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Orgasmic Potatoes

New potatoes, potatoes eaten within minutes of plucking out of the ground, are so orgasmically good, that it makes you wonder if it should be legal to sell potatoes that are more than a few days old. Maybe the reason … Continue reading

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Being There Is All That Matters

After a brief lull in our warm, summer weather, the sun is back out in full force, and I’m weeding the pea patch. Fortunately, I’m not alone. I’ve got help. BB is nearby keeping company. Sometimes just being there is … Continue reading

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Herbs by the Handful

Herbs by the handful, that’s the blessing of a garden. The rosemary bush at the start of the garden path provides more rosemary than I could ever use. Down the path are three more rosemary bushes. I never run out, … Continue reading

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An Unusual July

It’s early July and the alder leaves are falling steadily. Usually, they don’t cover the ground like this until mid August. Every year is different. We never experience the same season twice in our entire lives. Each spring is subtly … Continue reading

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Missing Out

Madge is settled in. She’s found a quiet, dark, out of the way spot to hatch eggs. Spending day and night in the dark, she’s missing out on harvesting garlic, and finding all the good things that come out of … Continue reading

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