Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

I've heard of a painting party, but a coop party...maybe i'm starting a new trend

Saturday was my daughters birthday party, we let the chicks run around during the party and everyone was really amused and enjoyed watching them. Sunday we had some friends over for a cookout and they loved the chicks so much so they wanted me to break out the tools so they could help me build the coop. We were doing quite a bit of talking, eating, and enjoying our favorite beverages, but in the end we had a great time and actually made some progress

here is a pic from the back where the run will be and as you can see the roof has been shingled

We managed to get some more framing done, put in most of the back wall, and even installed a window. If you look close you'll see two of the girls inside inspecting my work...I think they approve 

Saturday, July 23, 2011

Party Crashers

While I was getting the back yard ready for my daughters birthday party I noticed a few uninvited guests...they didn't stay too long. I guess they just wanted to see how far along I was with the coop

Friday, July 22, 2011


OK, so I didn't really hit the jackpot, but my veggie garden had been looking pretty pathetic, but a couple of weeks of sun and heat have really turned things around...below I give you the the glorious zucchini. It is truly glorious to me because I planted it and it grew and that's awesome! Last year I didn't get a single squash or zucchini they all looked great and then seemed to die over night so I already have a bumper crop going. Hopefully these two are just the first of many.

Monday, July 18, 2011

Made a little progress on the coop

I was able to make some progress on the coop Sunday, the next few weekends will be full of birthday parties and BBQ's so it will be tough to get any work done on it, but I probably shouldn't complain about birthday parties and BBQ's I should just consider them to be forced relaxation!

Sunday, July 17, 2011

Morning Calm

An Unfinished Project

The Morning Garden

A Cautiously Quiet Animal

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Mother Nature just doesn't want to cooperate

The drive home from work was beautiful, I went inside, changed clothes, turned on the sprinkler, moved the chicken tractor, and was about to pull the lawn mower out when this rolled in (took it from my back hill)...within a couple of minutes it started thundering and raining hard (still is)...oh well

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

An update on the edible garden

My garden is still so far behind normal, the only things we have harvested so far have been raspberries and strawberries...

little tomato's on this guy

The raspberries have had some production this year 

Come on little can do it, daddy wants some eggplant Parmesan!

The squash 

The cucumber

Even my gnome is scratching his head wondering why are these peppers so tiny

At least the tulips are still doing well! 

Actually, the hot peppers on my deck are doing the best...not sure if it has to do with the fact that I brought them inside during prolonged periods of rain or maybe hot peppers are just more prolific than sweet...???

Monday, July 11, 2011

Coop construction is again under way

The girls are currently living happily in their tractor, feasting on a new piece of land every 4 days or so, but the tractor was always meant to be a summer home. Last weekend I started working again on their winter house, this will be a permanent coop with an attached run. I plan on insulating the coop and running electricity to it so they can live comfortably throughout the cold long New England winters. It's still not much to look at, but at least I started again!

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

White Mountains Region of New Hampshire --Part 1

Over the Holiday weekend we went to the White Mountains region of New Hampshire, it is a truly beautiful area and great place to relax and enjoy the views

Just watch out for the Moose

Hard to tell from this photo, but the trees grow right over boulders in the forest

We took the kids to Santa's Village, for those of you who have never been there it's also where jolly old St. Nick keeps his reindeer over summer vacation

One of the bears at Clark's trading post