So much posting to do. I need to update on the garden, the chicks (so cute! And so big now!), our little vacay…I think I’ve let the posts pile up so much that I’m just avoiding it at this point.
- The tomatoes are doing great in the garden. They’re getting big, and have been tied up once. The peppers are also doing well. The curcubits are all up and need to be thinned. The weeds are INSANE. Insane, people. I wish we could be weed farmers, because then, we’d be able to claim complete success. We do eat the purslane, I suppose. Anyways, lots of details to catch up on later. We’ve been eating peas by the bucketful lately.
- The chicks are now just over two weeks old. Based on the feathering pattern (girls get tail feathers first, boys get combs first), I think we have three girls and two boys. We let them out for their first free range afternoon on Wednesday (6/16/10) when they turned two weeks old and we returned early from our vacation. We let the big flock out, too, to see how they fared together. Mama is such a good mother. When another hen curiously got too close to her chicks, she puffed up her head, dropped her wings, and attacked. There was a little brawl, and since then, no one else has bothered Mama and babies. It is such a joy to watch her mother them – she does everything right. I think that after a few weeks of ranging together in the evenings, we’ll move the little tractor closer to the big one, and see if the flocks naturally integrate.
- We went to Pittsburgh! It was so great to see everyone.
- My father-in-law had an aortic valve replacement (open heart) on Wednesday, so we returned Tuesday night. His surgery went well, praise God, and he’s recovering in the hospital. Please pray that he continues to feel better; he is in a lot of pain.
More later. Baby beckoning…