Thursday, June 30, 2011

The Chicks at 4 Weeks


They're growing so big and chicken-y now. They run to my hand when I drop it into their box, and a couple of them love getting scratched under the beak and under their eye. They will also jump up into my hand if they get curious about what's going on outside of the box. They're friendly little guys, not so flighty and freaked out like the last set of chicks.
I think they will be outside by next week. I might try and introduce the two flocks to each other tonight, if it is warm enough out there. I'll have certain safety measures in place for the little guys though. Like a box they can hide under if the big ones get mean. And a long stick to push the big ones away if they get aggressive. Have any of you introduced young chicks to a new flock before? Luckily, the young ones outnumber the old ones.
On another note, I'm a little worried about how my hen will handle it when I take the rooster away. The two are inseparable. Hopefully some of the younger chicks can take his place.

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

The Backyard Farmyard

...Will have two new additions come September. I am getting a breeding pair of French Angora bunnies from this wonderful farm in Southern BC.

Angora bunnies 6 weeks old.jpg


I'm not sure what colours I'll be getting yet, as the litter has not been born. I like the grey/lilac colours, as well as the fawn colour.

Strawberry's 2006 litter

They will be my first fibre animals and soon, I'll produce my very first wool that I will have raised myself, carded and spun, and knitted into something fuzzy and warm! Another dream come true!

Saturday, June 25, 2011

How Do You Like...




...Them apples? The apples on our tree are growing really well, and I am excited to taste them come Fall. Our garden, however, is in a sad state of affairs. The crows nip off my seedlings as fast as they come up and dig up the seeds that don't sprout. It is really sad. I am going to have to build a scarecrow. I am pretty much resigned to the fact that my garden won't be that great this year, but it will be a good learning experience for next year.

Question: Have any of you raised angora rabbits before?

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Fireworks

A crowd gathered on the beach at 11pm. Families snuggled in their cars, kids played on the beach, teenagers lingered in the trees, and lovers sat on top of the lighthouse. A dog swam by to collect driftwood from the shallows of the lake. At 11pm, the Western sky was still revealed faint traces of light on this Summer Solstice night. And then, the first fireworks shot into the sky and the crowd "ooohed" and "ahhhed". A little girl snuggled up to her mom at the loud crack of the explosion, but kept her eyes to the sky in awe.

The lights in the sky were reflected on the lake..

The fireworks looked like stars and solar systems.
The crowed cheered and applauded and cars honked their appreciation. The crowd cleared out quickly to take sleepy kids to bed and we enjoyed a walk home in the cool night of the first day of Summer.

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Happy Aboriginal Day!

I think we should push to make it a National holiday. Honestly, if we are going to celebrate some long-dead queen's birthday every May, we could take a day to acknowledge and appreciate the original inhabitants of this land. Plus it would make a nice long weekend in June too.
Anyway, there are going to be fireworks tonight, and I am very excited about that!
This is the set up for the fireworks. I have never seen it up close before. Whoo hoo! But it won't start until 11pm, because it doesn't get dark until then and this is the longest day of the year.
Another cool thing about this town, is that they have old time tent revival meetings in old circus tents.
How cool does that look? I feel like I'm back in the early 1900's.

This is a rocking chair that I scored at a garage sale across the street. It was significantly less than the other rocking chair that I had to drive all the way to Prince George for, and it is a better rocker too. Oh well. It's nice to have them both now and I can just picture being curled up next to the fireplace and knitting in one, come winter.
I also got 4 cafe style chairs for free. They need to be recovered and I've got some great ideas in mind. I'll post before and after shots when I get around to it. I also bought a circular saw at my co-worker's garage sale and put it to good use on Sunday. My husband and I built this composter out of old fence posts and chicken wire. Soon to come: raised strawberry beds.
I finally found a way to stop the mosquitoes from waking me up at 4:30am. Why do they always find me at 4:30? Why not sooner or later? There must be something magical about that hour...
Have you read any good books lately? I just finished reading "The Blue Castle" by L.M.Montgomery. It is so very satisfying when poor little doormat Valancy decides to say and do exactly what she wants, instead of being ruled by her relatives. I highly recommend it. (It is also the only book that Lucy Maude wrote that isn't based at all in P.E.I., but takes place in Ontario instead.)

Saturday, June 18, 2011

Wild! Flowers

After feeling a little restless this afternoon, I decided to hop on my bike, clip on my basket, and go for a wildflower picking excursion. I was inspired by my blogger friend Natasha and all her lovely pictures of the wildflowers out in New Brunswick. So, with my homemade bug spray thickly applied (witch hazel and citronella essential oil) I set out and found many beautiful species of wildflowers.

My basket full of the bounty. There is something so classic about a basket full of wildflowers, don't you think?
This is Pink Wintergreen. I had never seen it before, but I looked it up in my plant book when I got home.
Fireweed, Yarrow, Buttercups, Bee Balm, Daisies, and Paintbrush are among the many flowers I found. I also got a lot of Red Columbine, Lilacs, Sitka Valerian, and Orange Hawkweed.

This morning I hit up some garage sales and I will eventually show you my finds! I hope you are having a lovely weekend!

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Family Reunion


A weekend trip down South to see my parents turned into a whole reunion, as my sisters and their husbands all decided to join in. It was a wonderful weekend and I got to catch up with so many friends.
One evening, my sister picked up a baseball mitt, looked at it and suggested a game of ball. We all jumped up, put on our most authentic baseball clothing, and started an impromptu game at the old school across the field. I think we had just as much fun taking pictures of the game as we did playing it. It poured rain at the end and we were treated to a double rainbow (hee hee).
(These three photos are courtesy of my sister)

We also had fun buying some Koi with Dad for the fantastic pond he is building, went for walks, and shopped. All in all it was a wonderful weekend.
I brought home some wonderful kitchen gear that belonged to my Grandy. I found them in boxes in the castle (yes, we have a castle in the backyard. I won it one year. I'll have to show you some pictures sometime).
This lovely old jar belonged to Grandy, as well as some of the wooden utensils inside.
My Grandy loved mushrooms and collected everything with mushrooms on it. I got a couple of mixing bowls to take home.
A lovely little rooster sits on my bookshelf now.
A couple of weeks ago, I made a corn husk doll. I saved and dried some corn husks and then soaked them in water to make this doll. It's a family tradition to hide a corn husk doll in the Christmas tree, so I am getting a head start and made my own. Also, it is lilac season up North and they smell so delicious. I have them all over the house.
Remember what these guys looked like a few weeks ago?
At just two weeks old, they have so many feathers. Last night at 4am, I heard crying coming from the chick room. I went in to investigate and found that one of them was being adventurous and had jumped out of the box and was sitting on the ground. I scooped the little guy up and put the screen over the box. I was expecting this to happen for awhile now. And was it just my imagination, or did that chick have a more pronounced comb on its head? Uh oh...

My older two chicks are doing well too. And was I imaging things again, or did I hear an attempted crow at 4am? I hope it was my imagination...
Anyway, I didn't get much sleep after that, because a mosquito kept buzzing around my ear and my husband kept snoring. Oh well, that's what naps are for!

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

June Days

Well, it is time to catch up a bit. All this chick business has had me very involved. They are already growing their first wing feathers. Also, I am giving away Velociraptor and one of the older chicks who has become known as "the Dumb Chicken," because she is.
Enough about chickens! (For now.) Awhile back, I went fiddlehead picking with a friend and we got quite a few! I got to try my first delicious fiddleheads!
We've had quite a few rip-snorting thunderstorms. In this picture, a neighbour's power pole was struck by lightning and splintered. It was quite the thrill!
My husband's parents visited us this weekend and it was a good time! We walked along the lake and (of course!) went to the Historic Park.

Walking through a field of dandelions to find the meadow in the trees.
A farewell to Velociraptor.
And the Dumb Chicken, in the foreground.
The women's room, in the Officer's Dwelling in the Historic Park.
The Master bedroom in the same house. Guests can stay here as part of the bed and breakfast at the Fort. I think this quilt is just beautiful!
Gorgeous dandelions at the Historic Park. (Next couple pictures are taken by my Husband's parents)
NoTail, the father of my newest chicks. Why is he called NoTail?
This why! Haha. I wonder if any of my chicks will inherit his "specialness"?
Wildflowers and daffodils.
A beautiful carving on an old gravestone.
Ok, one little chick picture. I can't resist.
And that is it! June has been lovely so far and I love living here. I am busy going to archery twice a week, going to the movies with my friends, and soon hula hooping and beach volleyball. Yay!





Friday, June 3, 2011

Another Chick Post

The chicks look at pictures of their future selves-Handsome Buff Orpingtons.
Heart.
Hello, fluffy!

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Whew!

All 4 have hatched and are drying under the heat lamp now. What a day!

3 Out, 1 to Go!

They are flopping around in the incubator, making it pretty hard for number 4 to break out.









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