o...not literal 'gold,' I'm talking plant nursery gold! Other gardeners will understand what I mean. A few days ago, my husband came home from work and said he got a hot tip from a fellow co-worker to check out [Continue Reading ...]
Appliances! Lately, I have had a hard time living with most of 'em, and many of us can't live with-out any of 'em! Yes indeedy, I have recently had a rash of appliance break downs. First, it was the stove. Then the washing machine. Then the dishwasher. Then the microwave, and now, not wanting to be left out of the loop, it's the dryer's turn to go belly up. Surely, I can't be the only one who has noticed Continue reading....
Another day has gone by and here is today's egg from Olive. As you can see, it's getting darker, but it is still a bit bluish rather than her usual olive green egg. What gives? At least it is getting darker. She was also a little clingy around the nest after she laid [cont.]
live FINALLY laid an egg today! After 11 agonizing (for me) days of being eggless, and 3 of those 11 days spent being broody, the spell has been broken at last. Now I can look forward to receiving her pretty olive green eggs again. YAY! Oh joy! But wait a minute... what's this? It appears that her long awaited egg seems to be [cont...]
The Merry Ol' Month of May
Lovely Lily of the Valley
May is supposed tobe the glorious height of spring. The pinnacle of new life emerging from the icy ravages of winter's cold, and deadly sting, right?
Well, not so much for me. No. The merry ol' month of May has so far, been one of ...[cont.]
I have decided to make myself a birthday cake, and I've been inspired by a cake I saw on another website (Chickens In The Road) which featured a strawberry dreamcicle cake. Though I do like strawberry, I really, REALLY like raspberry and coconut together, like that Hostess snack cake gem, the raspberry zinger! Unfortunately, the Zubiate men don't like coconut, which is both a bad, and a good thing. It's bad because I can't share my cake with them, but it's good because I can't share my cake with them! Don't worry, I won't eat it all in one sitting, I'll be sure to eat if over a week, or a few days at the least, [Read more...]
I'm on a mission to obtain a good recipe for panettone. Maybe it is because the first time I tried this epicurean delight was when my mom bought some and we shared it, and so by making my own, it would be a way of remembering her. Dear reader, I must ask you, have you ever experienced the lofty yumminess of this Italian bread? If you have, then you know what I'm talking about--right? As I savored my first bite I thought to myself, "Where have you been all my life?" Unlike the neutron star denseness of other European style fruitcakes, [read more...]
What's The Poop On Sand?
Today on Chicken Chat, I will be examining the question of whether or not sand is a good litter to use in the coop, and run, but not so much in the brooder, since I don't raise those fuzzy little peeps. Now dear reader, get ready to learn something! [Continue reading]
Last week I went through a crisis of sorts. My favorite little hen (Olive) had taken to the nesting box. So, to me it appeared that she had separated herself from the flock. Oh no!-- as a flocking animal that can only mean one thing, she was sick! Not wanting to jump headlong into the deep end of the pool of wrong [Continue reading]
We have been steadily adding to ourfruit tree inventory. Our hope is to squeeze in as many fruit trees as our little piece of land will hold. We can do this amazing fruit growing feat thanks to the art of espalier! This is a Kieffer Pear tree and it is doing splendidly in its spot in front of Le Poulet Chalet. You can just see our espaliered apple trees and our berry barrels in the background, so I think they are in a nice proximity to one another. [Read more...]
For the last four days, the girls have been working hard and laying oneegg each, thus giving us four consecutive "five egg days." Alas, the five egg day streak came to an end today. Miss Butterdud, I mean Buttercup, and Miss Blossom were hold outs today. [Read more...]
A few days ago, my husband and I, took a brief yet romantic trip to the garden center and bought some plants for our garden. This sort of trip may not seem to be romantic to most of you, but it is for us. Anyway, the bare root roses, berries, and fruit trees have been out in force for the last month or so, and we excitedly picked over the remaining offerings and found a variety of pear that we had never heard of before [Read more...]
Photo Credit:Greens of Devon
Flowers are not only beautiful to behold in the garden, but many of them can also lend their beauty while livening up a dish by adding an unexpected tasty zing!
Roses, in my opinion, are one of Jesus' greatest gifts to the gardener, and humanity. Roses have to be the quintessential flower of the cottage garden, and they also happen to be one [read more...]