What We’re Harvesting Right Now

Aside from complaining about four-legged invaders, I haven’t really spoken much about the garden this summer so I thought I’d do a brief update. Our soil is still really awful, so things still aren’t doing as well as I would like.  One of our friends described the soil here as “rock flour”, and that’s exactlyRead more

Deer, oh dear.

One thing I didn’t have to contend with in my city garden was four footed garden pests. As long as the dog didn’t get in and run roughshod over my plants, the only things I really had to worry about were slugs and aphids. Not so here in deer central. We’ve been pretty lucky thatRead more

My Summer So Far

It almost seems unnecessary to explain my absence anymore – it’s pretty much a given that there will be a good month or more between posts these days. Here’s a brief update. We’ve been busy working on “outside” things while the weather is good, namely the chicken coop. The coop during the framing stage. There’sRead more

Hen Pecked

We had our first case of picking among the chicks today. We have noticed them jostling for dominance lately, establishing the pecking order of the group, but this afternoon things went a little farther than it should have. Sometime between my afternoon visit and when I went down to take them some leftover greens afterRead more

Chick Update

I woke up to the sound of rain this morning and did a little happy dance. It’s been well over a month since we’ve had any precipitation here (except for a couple of minor sprinkles that didn’t even get the ground wet), so my garden is suffering, as I’ve been avoiding watering too much inRead more


As if there weren’t enough things to distract me from blogging, having a box or peeping fluffballs to watch certainly doesn’t help! The post office in Blaine, WA, called bright and early last Monday (6:15 to be exact), to let us know that the chicks had arrived, and you’d have thought a family member hadRead more

Chicken Run Around

One of our (my) main reasons for leaving the city was that local bylaws didn’t allow us to have a flock of backyard chickens (of course, less than a year after we moved, they changed the rules).Once we got our occupancy permit for the new house and were able to negotiate a regular, non-construction mortgageRead more

May Day

I think I’m going to try blogging in the mornings from now on. I have typically written my posts in the evening before going to bed, as that’s when I usually have the most time and energy, but lately I’m too tired to do much of anything in the evenings, let along form a coherentRead more

Local Politics

One of the things we’re enjoying most about living here is the almost daily encounters with local wildlife. One of the most awesome so far happened just a couple of weeks ago. I stepped out onto the deck one morning to see why the ravens were making such a fuss so close to the house.Read more

Things that go “bump” in the night.

Just a quick post today so I don’t fall out of practice. I just had to share a photo of the beetle that my husband found wandering in our crawlspace the other night (I don’t even want to think about how it got in there). He felt something brush his hand and was quite surprisedRead more