The weekend has brought a windy, cold change here on the homestead. We have actually been using the heat in our house-in May! It will be interesting to see how the crops (ours and the local farms) are affected by this odd Spring weather down the road.
Yesterday, Houidini had again found a way to break out his piggy darling Lady-Bug and when I got home from night shift they were wandering around the pen together. Fed up with his campaign to remain with his pregnant lover, I built a new gate and reinforced both sides with sturdy wood. Let’s see him break that down!
Another not so delightful behavior Houidini has developed, is too become very “intimate” with all of the inanimate objects in the pen. He actually gets so “involved” he ends up moving the object across the pen and into the electric fence. I have had to tie the chairs we have in the pen to trees to keep them from Houidini’s wandering eye while his woman is “out of service.”
With all of the rooting and scratching that goes on in the pig pen, the dirt levels have really declined. Most of the roots are showing from the beautiful old pine trees. I have been on the hunt for free fill dirt that is relatively clean. If I didn’t live on a homestead that was nothing but neon orange clay beneath the surface, I could just go dig some up-but they don’t call this Orange County for nothing!
The Black Copper Maran chicks have now moved to their last stop brooder box before they officially become outside chickens. I have been thinking about where these four will live. I know I can’t add them to the Original Girls’ flock ,because they are a nasty version of teenage girls when it comes to introducing someone new. They have an exclusive flock that no one is allowed to penetrate. I don’t want to add them to the pig pen because if Lady-Bug ever has her piglets it will be quite hectic in there. I decided that since we have almost an entire acre in the front of the homestead that is not utilized for anything but aesthetics, I will place them there. I am currently knee deep in chicken tractor pictures planning what moveable home I will build for these girls. I am hoping to get the tractor built this week.
I purchased a very large freezer last week and have been brainstorming all of the wonderful things I can make to store in it. If anyone has some delicious recipes that freeze well, please share! I will probably have a large freezer fill day this week or next.
Despite being in their second year, my three blueberry bushes show no signs of producing. I am not sure where I went wrong with them. There is a lovely organic pick your own blueberry place not too far from the homestead, so my blueberry supply this summer will likely come from there.
I am ER nursing more than usual this week and am finding it hard to get the energy for all the housework that needs to be done!
Until next time…