Wednesday, June 02, 2021

Here we go again

Help; I'm buried under another avalanche of blog fodder and photos! I was going to get the blog-ball rolling over the holiday weekend, but between unloading and putting away stuff on Sunday (see next paragraph) and unloading and stacking 122 70# bales Monday (without the teenager's help), I couldn't muster the time+energy. I did find enough energy Monday evening to saddle up my mustang to get the mail, and got treated to a lovely sunset on the way!
first load in (to the left of the post; old hay on the right)

second load on trailer

two loads stacked; one or two more loads yet to get

Rick, Poppy, and I had a lovely little get-away with friends (tons of photos to share from that; will do a separate post).

Our garden is mostly taking off. Everything is germinating well except one hill of zucchini (one sprout so far) and the saved bush beans (zero germination; will buy a packet of seeds to sow the empty row). The starts are all looking good except the Armenian cucumbers; hoping they will start thriving. These photos were taken Monday except for the last shot, which was taken this morning. Two tomatoes and both tomatillos have blossoms!

The weather has heated up; feels like mid to late summer. I have the heat pump set to keep the house from getting warmer than 80 or 81 degrees, and it has been running much of the day. Brian has been doing field work out in this heat, then heading to the river to swim afterwards. Almost sounds refreshing, but our two local rivers are quite polluted. And my poor DH; the AC in his vet truck isn't working.

On Monday, Berlin got 'shot' – with her first CD&T vaccination. She's not quite so sure about me now. And I'm not at all sure that Vienna is nursing her anymore. I've seen Berlin checking out several other ewes for potential snacks and haven't seen her allowed to suckle mom, and Vienna's udder has shrunk down considerably. Berlin should do just fine; she's the same age Blake was when his mother died and he didn't get any supplementation.

Still spinning away on my "Theresa's Pink" roving; just switched to a pretty new Jenkins spindle. Tim, the chatoyance in this Koa is incredible!

The chickies are changing; I visited them Tuesday after work.
ten of the remaining thirteen (five have been sold)

my partridge Whiting Green is striking!

her name is Chippy

both my Whiting Greens, Dot and Chippy

Kate wants to keep the other two partridge chicks and the Brahma. So I think I'll get one of the two other chicks with white wing feathers and one of the two gold chicks with patterned wing feathers to 'match' my two Whiting Greens. I don't really need four, but with the age of my adults there will be natural attrition sooner rather than later.

Lots of news to come on the dressage blog!

That's it for now from . . .


Mama Pea said...

Don't envy you your early HOT weather. Neither hubby nor I can tolerate the temps that high 80 or above anymore. We instantly melt into a slothful puddle! Guess that's why we live in Minnesota and battle not enough growing days for our garden. You continue to keep busier than busy. Always enjoy hearing of your chock-full days.

Michelle said...

I've said for a long time that I would be perfectly happy if it never got above 75 degrees, Mama Pea, but the heat isn't bothering me as much this year. Not that I'm very productive in the heat of the day; I've been doing as much as possible in the morning.

Mokihana said...

I've never heard of a Whiting Green before; she's just gorgeous! Does she lay green eggs? And I love your drip system... and I totally agree with you about never going above 75°...

Retired Knitter said...

Ahh! Baby chicks! And I agree, they are beautiful.

Jeanne said...

Your chicks are beautiful! I'm looking forward to watching them grow up.

I'm amazed that you were able to unload and stack all those bales! That's hard work!

The pictures you got when you and Lance went to get the mail are gorgeous! We had some lovely clouds in the eastern sky, when the sun was setting last evening. That's always a surprise.

I hope your garden gets going. We use those great soaker hoses too.

Michelle said...

Mokihana, there are Whiting True Blues and True Greens, two new-to-me breeds this year as well. Look them up; the history of their development and characteristics is interesting!

Elaine, they will go through the 'ugly duckling' phase soon enough.... 😏

Yes, stacking hay IS hard work, Jeanne, much better suited to a young man about a third our age.😒

A :-) said...

OK. It's possible that my quads/knees are stronger than yours, but you have me beat by miles on upper body strength. Wow!!!

Love the new chickies!

FullyFleeced said...

beautiful little chicks! I'd never heard of Whiting Greens before. very interesting. I love partridge coloration on chickens. so pretty :)