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Fair Isle Progress, the First Butterfly, and a Traveling Nest

Posted by mrssmythe on June 11, 2019 in Chickens, Crafting, Critters, Garden, Week in Review |

The fair isle sweater continues to cook along swimmingly. Here is my progress as of last week. I think it’s interesting how the colors in the sweater echo the colors I’m seeing in my yard right now.

The purple of the irises…

and of the clematis, which opened just a few days ago.

The orange of this butterfly (an American Copper?) – the first butterfly I’ve seen in the yard this year.

Also, the blue of this black and white jumping spider….

…who currently inhabits a corner of our front porch. I think he looks like a walrus.

And, as you can see from the spider photo, we have an abundance of pollen right now. It’s everywhere. On our cars, on the plants, and on our furniture whenever we open the windows.

But back to the sweater.

Even the color of the chickens’ eggs is part of the scheme. Here’s a nest we found in a neighbor’s yard a few days ago. It belongs to Pam, our guinea hen. She has a habit of crossing the fence and hanging out in their shrubbery.

I had been wondering where all the guinea hen eggs were going. I thought perhaps Pam had stopped laying.

We collected these eggs, added chicken wire, and then found another covert nest at the back of the yard today. The girls now have instructions to scout for eggs outside of the barn as well as inside of the nesting boxes each day.

And, finally, I’ll leave you with one last image; Mr. Wa, cradling a stem of cat mint…

…cat mint that was part of a bouquet I put together on Sunday. It didn’t last very long. I forgot that cats find the scent of cat mint alluring. Mr. Wa pulled the cat mint out of the arrangement and rolled in it…right on the dining room table.

Ridiculous cat.

From the dining room table, glad to see some rain in the forecast today – my garden was getting parched,

Mrs. Smythe

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Iris Season, the Turkey Returns, and a Knitting Update

Posted by mrssmythe on June 4, 2019 in Chickens, Crafting, Critters, Garden, libraries, Museums, Week in Review |

It’s Iris season! The lovely specimens you see below are currently outside the Smith Museum in downtown Springfield. Happily, I have irises growing in my own yard as well – though not in such spectacular profusion. Here is a yellow “volunteer” that popped up out of nowhere last year. Now I have several along the […]

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Purple Flowers, A Friendly Chicken, and Lime Jell-O

Posted by mrssmythe on May 27, 2019 in Cooking, Critters, Garden, Week in Review |

Well, we’ve made it through May, with its heavy schedule of rehearsals, graduations and jam-packed weekends. Much rejoicing! Two perks to the season – We’ve had fresh flowers all month, thanks to the bouquets  received for opening nights and performances. There have been plenty of memorable photo ops, like the one below of the girls. […]

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Warmer Days and Some Completed Projects

Posted by mrssmythe on May 19, 2019 in Chickens, Crafting, Critters, Garden, Seasons, Toys, Week in Review |

Finally! The weather is improving.   I was able to get some good gardening time in this week, and the girls were able to have some outdoor fun with the chickens. We’ve discovered that the chickens love mealworms. They’ve learned to distinguish the sound the container makes when we shake it, and they come running from all […]

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An Abundance of Eggs, A Broody Turkey, and Sundry Other Spring-ish Things

Posted by mrssmythe on April 29, 2019 in Baking, Chickens, Cooking, Crafting, Critters, Garden, Seasons, Week in Review |

Eggs! Right now we’re getting so many eggs. All through the winter…nothing. Now, we’re overrun. We give some away, and I try to include eggs with my breakfasts, but when you’re getting 4-5 a day, you really need something that will make a bigger dent in the surplus. Cakes! Cakes are the answer. Specifically chiffon […]

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