Breakfast with the Chickens…and other odds and ends

Posted by mrssmythe on October 3, 2017 in Chickens, Critters, Garden, Week in Review |

Some mornings, it’s still nice enough for CPT A and I to pop out onto the patio and drink our coffee while watching the chickens. It’s good for the chickens. It’s good for us.

This week, though, the chickens were extra friendly.

Everest jumped onto my lawn chair.

(I was so startled, I almost spilled coffee all over myself).

Meanwhile, Speckles showed interest in my my flip flops…

dragging one off to investigate further.

Have you ever seen a chicken carrying a flip flop? It’s not at all the sort of thing you expect to see.

After the chickens finished harassing us, they moved to the back step, confident Pepper would be along shortly to feed them.

Sometimes we bring Kipper out with us in the morning. He’s the dog we most trust with the chickens. He shows very little interest in them.

He’s more interested in CPT A’s coffee.

Fine weather this week encouraged me to take extra walks. Here’s a photo from a stroll I took around the suburban neighborhood where Ginger takes her music lessons:

I’ve driven by this area plenty of times and had no idea that just a few feet down a little, hidden path, was a nature area with walking trails. Magical.

The bees are still at work. Right now, wild asters seem to be their food of choice.

And, I continue to be on the lookout for caterpillars. Here’s one I found near the driveway this week:

The coleus are finally blooming. (Note the dog hair. There’s even dog hair on my¬†plants!)

And Ginger’s succulent garden continues to thrive. Pretty soon we’ll need to bring it in for the winter.

The ornamental grasses really shine this time of year. Here are some we have in one of the front garden beds.

And, to close, I’ll leave you with one last shot of the chickens. This was taken the evening we came back from the Big E (our regional fair). After a full day of walking and crowds, it was so nice to sit down in the back yard with a cup of tea and a book…and the chickens.

From the dining room table, hoping your day is filled with equally delightful and satisfying moments,

Mrs. Smythe





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  • Aunt Barb says:

    Are you acquainted with the Farmer’s Almanac way to tell how bad the winter will be based on the level of “wooliness/fuzziness” of the caterpillars as they get ready for winter> More fuzz = more snow and cold

    • mrssmythe says:

      I had heard something about wooly bear caterpillars and the width of their stripes, but nothing about caterpillar fuzziness. Interesting! I’ll have to do a bit of research.

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