Friday, April 8, 2011

Taking a Bath - Chicken Style


I thought you might get a little grin out of this.  They are so serious about it, too!

 Remember awhile back I told you about digging up the rose from a lady's house who was being forced out?  It is obviously happy here!   It was a very old rose bush, and took quite a bit of pruning just to get it to the point where we could dig it up.  The fragrance is heavenly.  I am so happy that it is happy.

I think some of the cuttings are rooting well, too, so there will be a whole new generation of this pretty baby to spread around!  Hoorah!

This one on the left I've had for a long time.  It was a cutting from sweet neighbors, long gone from here, but I think of them every time I see this rose.  The one on the right is a plant I bought several years ago.

And if you look closely, you can see a tiny little lemon on the tree out front.  It has lots of siblings on other parts of the tree.  Happy me

I planted some asparagus seeds this year and they grew!  Since I have not yet come up with a permanent resting place for them, I have them in this large pot in the corner of the garden.

Unfortunately none of these little babies poked their heads out of the soil at all.  Hence, I got a late start with my tomato planting and had to go and buy plants.  Not happy about this at all.

Out in the chicken yard, they are busy composting and then sifting it through the chicken wire.  It actually works out pretty well, because then I can just scoop it up into a bucket and carry that nice compost wherever I want it.  They are good little workers!

Of course you understand that it requires considerable supervision from Bruno to be sure it's all done correctly.

This rather blurry picture is of the tree directly behind us.  I think this is some sort of egret, but I've not been able to discover exactly which one.  They are BIG birds!  There have been two of them up there building this nest, so looks like another family moving in.

I took a lot of pictures of lunch preparation yesterday so that I could give you the recipe for these salmon croquettes.  Then I remembered that I had already done that, so I won't repeat. 

And.........I got our younger daughter's birthday quilt loaded on the frame and I've started quilting it.  Which is a very good thing because her birthday is next Saturday!!! YIKES!

I hope there's lots interesting where you are, too.  Have a great weekend!

Hugs and kisses,


Exuberant Color said...

I have never seen chickens roll in the dirt before. I've seen donkeys do it! Thanks for the video. I wouldn't have believed it othewise!

Brenda Kay Ledford said...

Wow! What a beautiful birthday quilt for your daughter. The photo of the chickens is really good. I love your roses and can almost smell their sweet scent. What an incredible video!

Thimbleanna said...

Wow -- I've never seen chickens roll in the dirt either. Will they do the same thing if they have water, or do they prefer dry baths? Your daughter's quilt looks great -- you'll whip it out in no time!

*karendianne. said...

Oh I loved watching the chickens!!! What fun. And you know I thought Bruno had a lot of contributions to make & this just proves it - in action. What a great post with lots of pretty things to see. Really enjoyed it Elaine.

Annie said...

What a great save with that lovely rose. Good on you!

Oiyi said...

Thanks for the grin! And those salmon cakes looks delicious.

Nanette Merrill and daughters said...

Look at those happy chickens. We are getting so many eggs. I've got to use them more. I found some plastic egg crates (the open kind) that hold 40 eggs each. I have 3 of them full in the fridge and boiled eggs ready for eating in another container. My neighbor uses eggs from us too or I don't know what I'd do. I love my chickens though. Yours are beautiful. We used to have a black and white one like yours years ago. It is always fun to see your beautiful yard, too. Spring is starting to come here. I'm enjoying daffodils.

Anonymous said...

Hey - I am definitely glad to discover this. cool job!