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Friday, September 12, 2014

Thursday, September 11, 2014

How Was Your Day?

Just a typical day at home.


Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Baby's Day Out

 That super warm day we had recently was perfect for the chicks to have an outdoor adventure. A few weeks old and beginning to get their real feathers.
 One even has a real tail!

                                I tucked them into the tractor so they could roam about safely. It created quite a stir with the other chickens! I heard noises coming from them I never thought a chicken was capable of!  After a short while, they are chickens after all, they resumed their normal activities and left the babies to their own business.

Mr. Mister however hung about nearby keeping an eye on these new creatures. He gave me this look, "Seriously?!"

Saturday, September 6, 2014

Chasing Sunsets

 Marty and I were out this evening and in the distance the sky was putting on a nice show.  We took the long way home and followed it, stopping along the way to take pictures. We also passed a wind farm. I don't think they add anything good to the landscape!

And then it was over. Red sky at night, sailor's delight! A nice change after the rainy morning we had at the market!

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Garden Joy

                                                       Who doesn't love a sunflower?

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Your Home Renovation Store

                                                                   Who knew?

Saturday, August 30, 2014

A Thrifty Thursday

 A friend came to visit and besides the requisite lunch special at Tandoori Mint in Brockville, we hit all the local second hand stores. Well, most of them.
The pickin's were slim but I did bring home a few items of interest.
Above are some gold and silver doilies for lining trays, a couple of lovely vintage tins, and a neat chalkware piece that is titled "Les Secrets."  Also a souvenir of Niagara Falls spoon rest,  more vintage than new.

 I also got a smaller tube pan, two novelty creamers, two boxes of little tins with glass lids, some shells and a cool book on how to swim better. I'm not sure how helpful it is but it does have some great illustrations. The stone egg is for a friend.

                             This sweet salt and pepper pair look like stuffed toys.

                                And it is a good day when I find a few vintage sparkly bits.

Signs Of Autumn

 You can tell the season is changing again. Seems summer was here for but a moment. Always the way when you are super busy.
I found this great heart shaped potato in my basket from Roots Down.

                Crab apples awaiting some sort of recipe from Hall's in Brockville.

                           My sunflowers are starting to die off and the blue jays are back.

                                  I spotted our resident porcupine in our apple tree.

                                Always the first tree to begin to change in our yard.

                                                     Cool, misty mornings.

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

And Then There Were Seven

 This morning I was greeted by the latest and final addition to our little flock.  That's it. No more eggs to hatch. Marty really didn't think that the incubator would work but apparently it was good enough!

 I tried to get a group portrait but it was sort of like nailing gelatin to the wall! They don't look too impressed with me.

This is one of the later hatches. It stands a head above all the others. Look at that handsome profile.  I'm thinking this is a rooster!
Onto other things. Company is coming!

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Brand New Baby Chicks!

 We had about a dozen eggs in the incubator for the last while. It only takes 21 days for a chick to hatch. After candling them we were down to nine that looked alive.  Tuesday,  one of them started to hatch. It took a good full day to emerge but the peeping started at this point!
in Europe, "slow television" is a popular thing to watch. You can google it if you like to see what that's all about. However, when I ought to have been making pickles, or vacuuming up dog fluff everywhere, or tidying up or listing things for sale or working in the garden, I spent a good three hours just watching this little piece of shell pulse. then I went to bed around 1 AM! Silly.

Next morning, I was up and outside checking on it again even before showering and properly starting my day!

There was more going on this time.
Remember the big round incubator at the Science Centre in Ottawa? It looked like a spaceship. It was great to see fluffy little chicks and lots of eggs. We never seemed to be there to actually see any real hatching though.
Oh, and the last time we were at the Science Centre, there was no more incubator! So sad. It seems that modern technology is more important than chicks hatching.  I prefer the chickens!

                                           It's lots of work to get out of an egg!

             Not very fluffy and cute, yet. It was hopping all over the place in no time though. As you can see, there is another egg starting to open up too.  I figured it would hatch out today, considering the time it took the first one.

 Nope!  By evening it was out and ready to meet its world!  No more eggs have cracked yet.  I'll let you know how many we end up with.

Two little fluffies all tucked into a feather dusty/chicken mum stand-in.
Now, back to work!

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Garden Gifts

 There are a lot of little surprises to be found working out in the garden. This little guy is about half an inch long.

 On the weekends, even the boys lend a hand.  There is always some feathered friend nearby watching.

                                               The beans are prolific this year!

                      The chickens like veggies that have already been investigated by bugs.

                                                Yellow beans and lemon cucumbers.

                  Mr. Mister wondering if there are more grape pieces to nibble on.

                                              We're getting two eggs a day now.

                                                                 Lovely & delicious!

 You have to open the door to the Milkhouse carefully as this little fellow hangs out on the top of it. I can't tell you how many times he has fallen on my head!

                                         Have a good day and a cozy evening.

Monday, August 11, 2014

Hubby's On A Roll

 My DH had two weeks off recently and the time flew by as projects were completed (the chicken coop) and then new ones begun...

 As often happens, things go in unexpected directions and simple ideas become big projects.

   The completed trellising for the tomatoes.  The ground is rocky so he needed to figure out a way to secure each section without the need for digging holes.  It all comes apart to store for the winter.  Yup, more red paint. We've got lots of it as part of a warranty issue we were given more than what we originally bought!  It's come in handy for lots of projects over the years.

                           And now most of the tomatoes are off the ground and secure.
I'll get back to you with his next project.....soon. He seems to be on a roll.
It's been such a lovely summer this year and working outside has been a pure pleasure.


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