It seems that we have lost a large number of loved ones in the past 2 years:
|My friend, N|
|JP's good friend, R|
I was determined to get the trailer full of mulch out of the front yard before the cook out, so I spent several hours Thursday and Friday digging 6,723 baby Oxtail Daisy starts out of my flower bed, and moving around a few other things. Friday evening I started mulching, and finished up Saturday afternoon. The girls helped me arrange my pig statues and our bird baths in there. I think it looks great!
The garden needs some work now, although I think it's looking pretty great too. I picked about 10 lbs of strawberries out of the terrace in the center of the garden this weekend. I also picked about 3 lbs of sugar snap peas. We have corn and beans coming up, which were some of the later plantings. I still have 2 beds to plant with corn in the next week.
Our cook out was a success. I think that everyone, although we were hot, had a good time.
And had a pretty serious game of 4 Square going for quite a while.
Some folks took a walk, some of us lounged and chatted, the kids played in the KidWash, and played with the chickens, dogs, and a tiny toad.
We acquired 3 more chicks from a friend yesterday. They are about a month or 6 weeks older than our chicks, and still smaller than the hens. Like many growing children, they are having a hard time fitting in with either the adults or the little kids. They were being picked on by the hens, and they terrorized the chicks. Unfortunately, they have found the best place to hang out is in the middle of the tall grass of the pasture. This means that they didn't have access to shelter from the sun, food or water.
JP utilized the wood shop to piece together a small shelter for them, and we took them out food and water. We hope they make it through this blazing hot day, and make peace with the hens eventually!