Friday, April 16, 2010

All the pretty blossoms...

The weather has been good to us this last week - we managed to get all the Christmas Trees fertilized, the orchards cleared and some crops started in the little green house.

The flowers that were starting to bud last week are now blooming, and the blossoms on the cherry trees are looking beautiful.

It is such a blessing to be able to work outside again after what seems like such a long, long winter.

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Nothing Like Instant Gratification

Those who know me will tell you that I struggle a lot with impatience. I like to have a plan, complete the plan, and see the results. I really don't like having to wait for things.

Now, that fabulous quaility of mine doesn't exactly fit well with growing things.

You have to wait.

And wait.

And then wait a little bit more.

However - I found the answer! On Saturday, I started my seeds off in a jiffy tray, and prepared myself to ignore them.

What I wasn't expecting was this:

Talk about instant gratification - sprouts after 4 days.

Yeah, yeah, I'm easily pleased.

Monday, March 29, 2010

Conversation Piece the Chicken

Last year my Mother in Law finally got her much longed for chickens. She'd been talking about getting them for as long as I've known her - so last summer my sister in law and brother in law spent two weeks building the coop, and Judy (Mother in Law) spent much time cuddling the chicks and nearly instituted world war three when she insisted they needed to stay in the kitchen. Bob (Father in Law) wasn't impressed.

The end result is now we have the calmest, friendliest chickens you've ever met. You can pick them up, they don't peck - and to be honest, I'm not even sure they know they're chickens. My dear daughter, who's three, thinks they're the best thing going - her most favourite thing to do is collecting the eggs.

Unfortunately, it means we've ended up with pet chickens. I made the mistake of suggesting that maybe we should eat a few as we have new chicks hatching - and honestly - you'd think I'd suggested eating the dog.

Of course, the one chicken even I could never eat is Conversation Piece. You can see how she got her name:

Every couple of weeks, she'll lay one very tiny, very round egg. Apart from that, she serves no useful purpose, apart from strutting about, showing off, and inviting the attention of the rooster.

Sunday, March 28, 2010

Spring is here!

The flowers are finally starting to come up around the farm, and a real sense of spring is in the air!

The Deer are shedding their coats - Bowie is the only one left with antlers

Pretty soon they'll be fawns a plenty - but for now, our newest arrivals are six little chicks - still in the incubator, but thriving :)

As soon as they're a little bigger I'll take them out so you can fully appreciate the cuteness.

We're just about getting ready to plow the gardens for the season - all the Christmas trees got fertilised this past week, and it's looking to be an amazing season on Fisher Farms.