Monthly Archives: June 2016

What Carrots Are to Bees

For bees, carrots are vast expanses of white flowers. Entire fields of flowers thrust high into the sky just for them. Bees must dream of when carrots bloom. One carrot flower stalk can feed a bee for days. How many … Continue reading

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Summer Eventide

Summer eventide mellows the hues and softens the edges. The last of the summer sun’s rays filter through the trees, scattering the light. The chickens have all gone to roost. It’s a peaceful time to stroll around the pond … … Continue reading

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Another Good Day

A day that starts with dogs sleeping is a good day. Takuma 拓真 and Ena 枝那 are napping after hunting rabbits for several hours at the crack of dawn. While we snoozed, they were on the prowl. A day with … Continue reading

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Pleasant Dreams

Just one of her chicks roosts with Molly at night. The rest of the chicks roost on their own, though during the day, they run around with their mother. Even from a tender age, their personalities come through. On a … Continue reading

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Intentional? Coincidental?

Raise chickens and from time to time they surprise you. Today I discovered that one of the chickens had deposited a dropping perfectly on a fallen leave. Did she do this intentionally? What are the chances of a chicken dropping … Continue reading

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Green and White Babies

The shallots are blooming, sending up tall stalks full of green and white babies. Nearly three hundred miniature flowers give you plenty of time to ponder, he loves me, he loves me not, he loves me, he loves me not, … Continue reading

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A Bee’s Dance

Poppies are a fun flower. I didn’t realize until today that they are a fun flower for bees too. I watched bees gathering pollen from the poppies, and the flowers are designed so that bees get a fun ride, dancing … Continue reading

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My Little Dinosaur

This six week old rooster has taken to roosting on top of a screen door in the chicken coop. He sure has that dinosaur look with his big eyes, strong beak, claws, and scrawny feathers. Maybe one day he’ll be … Continue reading

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On a Rainy Day

On a rainy day, the young chicks take a break out of the rain. On a rainy day, the foxgloves are lush. On a rainy day, the dogs play king of the hill. On a rainy day, the white flower … Continue reading

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Delicate Perfection

Days in the Pacific Northwest don’t get any better than this. The hydrangeas are opening, their blue as brilliant as the sky. Their opening signifies that summer has arrived. So do the ripening thimble berries. Among the best of all … Continue reading

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Fresh out of the Garden

Thursday, another day to share fresh produce out of the garden with the neighborhood. Today we have new potatoes, spring onions, lettuces, garlic, snap peas, and more. If you live nearby, come to Bow Little Market. The market runs from … Continue reading

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Summer Pink

The pink poppies scent the air with a powder fresh fragrance. Under a blue sky, they wave their pink petals in the cool breeze. You can hear them singing, “Love me, love me, love me,” as they wave their petals.

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You Can Always Do Better

Each loaf I bake is a chance to do better. This morning’s loaf came out very well with a nice crust, and a nice chew inside with plenty of holes. I increased the moisture content of the dough, using 500 … Continue reading

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A Rainy Day Brings Out the Best

Growing cabbage is so lush and beautiful. So is kohlrabi with its purple veins. So is corn salad. A rainy brings out the best in growing greens. The steady rain turns the poppy flowers into humorous clowns. Poppies are the … Continue reading

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Peace

Peace, it’s all we want.

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An Endless Stream of Flowers

Summer is an endless stream of flowers. An endless stream of flowers and vigorously growing vegetation. The gobo 牛蒡 have made it an adventure to get into the hoop house. A few snips takes care of that. The dogs are … Continue reading

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Opening Day

The chickens like to rest under an eave when a shower wets their feathers. Other places they’ll scurry to in a downpour are the cedar and sequoia trees. Yesterday was opening day at Bow Little Market. This is the second … Continue reading

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The Taste of Summer

Some of the garlic are almost ready. I pulled a few today to see how they are progressing. I’ll have some for Thursday’s Bow Little Market. In addition to garlic, I’ll have lettuce, arugula, gobo, magenta spreen, radishes, spring onions, … Continue reading

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Summer Cobalt

Summer mornings paint the sky a cobalt blue. Each season has its own blue for the sky. As they head out to forage and play, I wonder what the chickens, with their spectacular color vision, think of this cobalt blue … Continue reading

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June is Purple and White

The evening sun makes the purple iris iridescent. Purple iris are the color of June. In the evening sun the dogwood glow. Happiness is living in a summer garden.

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