Hello, People! I've been thoroughly enjoying the country life this past week! We've had lots of rain, and I finally got my garden planted. The baby hoed it over after I planted it, so the seeds are probably all in the wrong places now, but I think I'll just wait for them to germinate and then put them where I want them. Evenings here are magical this time of year. The humidity holds scent so wonderfully and since the fences around here are covered in honeysuckle, as you mosey along the dirt roads you inhale the perfume of clover and grass and honeysuckle... think the perfume Bluegrass, only more subtle and less flowery! We've been contemplating housing for our 25 laying hens, as the above houses 12 comfortably. My husband got a big mower to maintain the grass around here... it's fun to see the "meadow" growing up in feathery grasses, red clover, and daisies, but pastures need to be mowed to keep the good grasses growing, if no animals are doing it for you! I've been reconsidering goats, as there are portions of our land that are particularly suited to goats, but will need some good fencing first!
My window box on the back of the house is looking really good, I think! It's supposed to attract hummingbirds, but no luck yet. We have spotted lots of other birds, though. We've seen bluebirds, cardinals, and orioles, for example. Also, we've got a healthy population of fireflies! Sometimes it looks like you're in the middle of a stadium and it's full of cameras flashing. I've never see so many at one time in my life! I know this land hasn't been farmed in at least 10 years, and before that it was a cattle farm, so I don't think pesticides have been used around here for a good long time!
There are lots of walnut trees on the property, which promises lots of good eating come fall, if only we can get the shells cracked... ever tried to shell a black walnut? It's super hard, and dyes your hands dark brown in the process! I saw a special tool that looks like something that belongs in a machine shop in a catalog once, maybe I should try to get that? I've got a hemp t-shirt finished to show you soon, it's almost finished, and the chicks should be moved to pasture soon, now that it's warmed up around here, so more pics of chickens, too, hopefully on grass, soon!