Monday, April 28, 2008

More Blossoms


Cherry blossoms in the sky


Frothy blossoms abound

Saturday, April 26, 2008

Duck Eggs for Sale

Duck eggs are bigger than a large chicken egg

We currently have several ducks that are laying. If you have chicken egg allergies these can make wonderful substitutes. They may be too strong for some people if you are cooking them scrambled or fried, but are excellent in baking and cooking. Just contact us if you would like some.

Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Pasturing Hens

Last fall we decided to get layer chickens again. Instead of using our chicken coop (now the vegetable garden), we wanted to pasture them.

First, we built a moveable chicken coop.



Here you can see the nesting box in the back.
It contains a fold down back. We have inserted dividers
so that the there are nesting boxes.

We are planning on covering the sides with lattice work.

Saturday, April 19, 2008

Snow in April

Like other areas of the United States we are having unusually cold weather. The early risers woke up to a thin layer of snow that promptly melted. This pattern has been repeated move than just a few times today. Andrew and I sorted sheep this afternoon while it was snowing and "snow pelleting". The rams and the ewes switched pastures as we want the ewes to graze down the pasture that the chickens will be moved into. The snow pellets look like styrofoam balls.
Andrew holding one of our Katahdin hair sheep.


Batch 1 Week 2

Chick #354
Under the warming lamp
Looking for feed and water

Saturday, April 12, 2008

Chicks are here!

Well, they finally made it. The poor things had their trip delayed from Welp Hatchery due to bad weather. They look so cute and fluffy at this stage.



Friday, April 11, 2008

Experimenting

I am in the process of changing the blogs look so that it fits in with the rest of the website...If things look a little kooky, thats why!

Thursday, April 10, 2008

Glorious Spring (2)



Plum Blossoms

Apple leaves


Sweet Violets

Pleasant times

When the weather is warm like it was today, sometimes we like to hang outside after chores, before dinner is ready. Tyler had his camera out and we were having fun.

Sara and Scott

Scott and Tyler

And you thought teeter-totters were for little kids

Glorious Spring


Wednesday, April 09, 2008

Plummy Blossoms

The Japenese plum tree is always the first to bloom in the orchard.

Tuesday, April 08, 2008

Vacation: San Diego

Enjoying the fountain at the San Diego Mission.


Last week, our family flew to San Diego for a family reunion. It was hosted by my grandfather and was a fabulous success. San Diego is definitely a favorite vacation place and we are trying to find a way to get back there soon.

Beautiful gardens at Balboa Park. This is also the cultural center of San Diego and they have museums galore there. We loved walking through the conservatory and seeing the numerous orchids. We laughed at their carefully tended rhododendron plant. Perhaps an anomaly in San Diego, but not here!

We toured the USS Midway. They let your ramble all over the place and there were lots of veterans to ask questions too. We love museums like this and spent over four hours there and we didn't even see it all!

Besides the above, highlights included spending lots of time with our extended family who we like a lot, eating dinner on the 11th floor of the La Jolla Hotel, and watching the shows at Sea World.

Wednesday, April 02, 2008

Surprise snowfall

Last week we had a suprise snowfall that Tyler photographed. Posted by Picasa