all the baby animals

We didn’t raise chicks early this spring and decided to wait until summer which now makes so much more sense.  Usually we get chicks while its still snowing outside and its a challenge to keep them warm even inside but in early summer it is warm everywhere and these chicks have been so happy.

We have added not only 38 chicks to our homestead but also 15 Welsh Harlequin Ducks and 5 Tolouse Geese.  The little peeps and quacks are such a pretty sound and I hear that the goslings are close to getting their little honks though I have not heard them myself.  Truth be told, chicks are my favorite part of homesteading.  Watching the chicks in the brooder is like watching my favorite show and these little peepers are getting more and more interesting as the days go by.  There is even one little chick that looks a bit like Liberace with poofy hair on its head and quite a flamboyant attitude.  It will be such a treat to see them all grow and develop their own personalities.

Then… just one day after we got the call to come and pick up our box of chicks at the post office, I got a message from a friend whose husband had rescued a wild baby raccoon whose mama had gotten killed by a car.  Her husband had come around a corner and saw a group of buzzards fly up off of the road and on second look, saw this little raccoon standing next to his mamas body.  My friends husband pulled over and this little raccoon walked right up to him as if to say “please help me”.  They brought him over and his first day he was more dead than alive but we nursed him back to health while we tried to figure out a good place to take him for help.  Ringo was decided upon by most of the kids.  Little Ringo raccoon got to be one of the Farmish bunch for a week before a friend with experience in raising raccoons came to adopt him.  So our career as raccoon parents was short lived but I have a feeling we will be talking about him for a lifetime.

Back on the chicken front, I have ordered portable electric fencing to keep our flock in this year.  I think Poppa will appreciate them a bit more when there aren’t hoard of chickens and ducks going to the flower beds near the front porch and roosting on rocking chairs.  We have been raising fowl since 2006 and he has been very patient for a non-farm boy.  It is the least I can do after he has welcomed flock after flock over the years.  I am excited to see how it all works and I hope to have good news to report back here.



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on the 4th (2017)

So I am just going to pretend that I haven’t been absent from here since March, k?  I’m also not going to hem and haw about how my memory card that held our entire maple syrup season as well as all of spring adventures was wiped out by a well meaning child of mine.  Nope, not going to do that because it can’t be undone so its time for me to just come back here and get on with it.  I love this space and I especially love all of the readers and friends that have come from my being here over the years.

So yesterday, we had a few friends over to celebrate the 4th of July.  A few friends who filled every corner of our home with love, laughter and great conversation.  Did I mention that they all brought yummy food with them and I forgot to get a picture of the table full to brim.  Just imagine every little bit of space on our table, completely full of wonderful dishes.

I got bit by the decorating bug the day before and the girls and I made a new wreath for the door to replace our 3 year old one, decorations for the table and some outfits (which I also forgot to get a picture of).  I love it when our home is full.  Friends are such a blessing to us.  We ate and laughed.  There may have been adult jello push pops involved as well as cupcake pushpops for children.  The winning entry of our dessert contest was an amazing cheesecake with beautiful wild picked raspberries and blueberries.

Poppa got to use his new toy received for Fathers Day and his upcoming birthday to pull everyone around for a hayride over and over again and the weather cooperated for us to spend the entire day and evening outside.   I do think that the fireworks and sparklers managed to keep the bugs away and the evening was finished with a bonfire that was bigger than this mama would have liked but it all ended well and then men folk were happy with all the fire and fun.   The refrigerator at this moment, cannot hold one more piece of food thanks to the leftovers which  we are still eating as I type this though the little break from the kitchen is quite a good thing today.  Rest is good after so much fun.

We even got our little baby raccoon rescue adopted out to a good home (I should probably tell you about this tomorrow as it has been quite an adventure raising a little wild raccoon).

So much goodness happening here everyday and I can’t wait to share it with all of you.  I hope your 4th was fun and full of love and thank you to those of you who are here with me.

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