The Hangover

Ceramic egg holder.

I wonder what kind of traffic that title will bring to the blog. I apologize for my recent absence, I was detained against my will. Well, okay, not for the entire three weeks, but I’ve spent the past two recovering from the excitement of the first week. I turned 40 a couple of weeks ago,Read more


Look what I discovered when I went into the coop this afternoon:     This has got to be the smallest egg I’ve ever seen, even smaller than the quail eggs we used to buy!  Its small stature is even more evident when you compare it to one of our regular sized eggs: Since we’re onRead more

Garden Prep

We spent the weekend getting the garden ready for planting, finishing the fence to keep the deer out, and marking and shoveling the soil into raised beds. The fence, awaiting a gate and a cable along the top. You can see that we finally managed to get the tilling done in spite of all ofRead more

The Bee House Has a New Home

Waking up to a dusting of snow yesterday just about drove me around the bend, but the weather today more than made up for it – I even put my seedlings outside so they could sunbathe for a while this afternoon. We spent most of the day building a new fence around the garden (moreRead more

Chicken First Aid

Poultry/Chicken first aid kit.

I had no idea when we first got our chickens how much veterinary work would be involved with caring for them. I’ve had pets my whole life, and it’s only on the very rare occasion that I’ve ever had to do any kind of doctoring. So far with my hens, I’ve had to deal withRead more

Are We All Just Desperate Housewives?

I read a very interesting article over at Howling Hill this morning, and had to share it with you here.  Accurate, or insulting?  I’d love to hear what you think! The Femivore’s Dilemma


I mentioned recently that the weather here has been unseasonably warm (the warmest January on record).  It has been so warm, in fact, that four of my hens decided it was spring and went broody at the end of December, and several others started moulting not long after.  Of course, I responded to my own instinctsRead more

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 watererRead more

The Scoop on the Coop

Well, we have finally finished the coop enough that I decided it was time to tell you a bit about our summer project. We’re pretty pleased with how it turned out, considering that it’s made almost entirely out of leftovers from our house.  The only things that we had to buy were a few extraRead more

Sour Puss

Ours is a family that loves big flavors.  Salty, bitter, spicy, sour – you name it, we love it.  Even the kids adore things like garlic, dijon mustard, kalamata olives, and tonic water, which is a dream for me, ’cause there’s no way I’d enjoy cooking nothing but plain pasta or white bread sandwiches. OneRead more