October 19, 2009

A Good Egg

Here it is, the thing I have dreamed of for so many years - a fresh, homegrown egg from my own hens!!

The layer of this beauty remains a mystery, but I have my suspicions.  It was just laying there in the middle of the coop floor when I went in to clean their waterer yesterday afternoon (thankfully the shell was really hard, so it hadn't gotten broken from them walking all over it).  We've been trying not to get our hopes up about getting eggs any time soon, as we had just spoken to a friend whose hens took almost 8 months to start laying, so of course we didn't have a nest box built yet, but my clever hubby managed to get that sorted out last night.

After waiting several hours for my daughter to return home from a friend's house (torture!), we fried that baby up.  It was the best egg I've ever tasted, but, as my husband pointed out, it better be good for the $300 or so dollars it cost us.

Can't wait to see what they leave for us this morning!

October 09, 2009

A Month's Worth of Posts In One

It's been a busy month, as we've been rushing around trying to get several things done before the weather turns cold and wet.  We spent so much of the summer working on the chicken coop that now we're rushing to catch up on other stuff that "had to" be done before fall.  On that list was resealing the decks, staining the board and batten cedar on the basement's exterior, painting the windows, finishing the deer fence (so that we can plant out more trees/shrubs), and getting perennial beds and grass started on the front side of the house.  We managed to get some of those things checked off our list, and some are still being dealt with.  A week of dealing with a nasty flu bug didn't help matters.
Here are a few other highlights:

In the garden, it was the year of the mini's:

Wee watermelon...

...and bonsai corn.
They may have been tiny, but they were delicious!

I was really pleased with the Rosa Bianco eggplants.  They produced quite well, and the pale flesh looks really nice grilled (it even has a cute ruffled edge when cut into rounds).

We used some of the pallets that came with various building materials to make a woodshed, which we filled with trees that were either bent or broken by last year's record snowfall.

My mom and step-dad went to the Okanagan (the province's hot spot) for a holiday several weeks ago, and came back with 75 pounds of organic tomatoes, and 40 pounds of apples (the tomatoes I canned, and the apples are in cold storage).  With the difference in price between buying them there and buying them here on the coast, I think it might be worth taking a trip up there to stock up every fall.

The girls are doing well, but no eggs yet.  They're 18 weeks today though, so it shouldn't be long!

And here's the latest addition to our menagerie..."Lucky" the bunny.  My husband's coworker moved into a new apartment and was unable to keep her, so rather than see her sent to the SPCA, we agreed to give her a home (yes, that would be a "sucker" sign on my back).  She's exceptionally cute, and is already doing her part to fertilize our garden.  Did I mention that you don't have to compost rabbit poop before using it in the garden?  Yes, I was swayed by the poop - how sad.

This weekend is Thanksgiving for those of us in Canada, and I am thankful for all of the things I just mentioned, and then some.  I wish you a weekend filled with things that you are grateful for, even if you're not going to spend it eating yourself silly.

Happy Thanksgiving!


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