Eggs I have known

Wrinkled Egg
Wrinkled Egg – 3 3/8 oz!

Every once in a while (like mostly weekly), we get an egg that defies explanation.  This is one that most likely came from one of our old ladies. They seem to be inspired that way.

By the way, the egg on the right is a normal extra-large (2 1/4 ounce). Our over-achieving chickens actually consider it a ‘small’.

We don’t sell these – although the insides are fine, most folks want the outsides to be more normal.

“If I have to lay an egg for my country, I’ll do it.” – Bob Hope

Our newest dog Zorra(9 months old) has a shocking experience!

Zorra attentive  and cute!
Zorra attentive and cute!

No, she did not discover the electric fence with her nose…but it was something electric. I was working at the kitchen table and suddenly my 14 yr old Australian shepherd backed out from under the table at the speed of sound.

Next thing I hear is a yelp and Zorra running up the stairs and hiding. Zorra had decided to chew on  a lamp cord and was properly shocked. She has not gone under the table since …instant correction……..but oh so shocking!

Zorra Dog of Action!
Zorra Dog of Action!

Welcome Zorra!

Zorra likes to be up on the couch.........
Zorra likes to be up on the couch………

We have taken on a Pembroke Corgi who was being fostered by our vet’s niece who is a dog trainer and behaviourist. Her name is Zorra(Spanish for fox) and she is faun with a white streak on the back of her head. She is 8-10 months old and is a very nice dog! So now she is one of the 1482 Wild Dogs!

Pickled Beets will be back on the shelves soon!

A sheep felted fleece transformed with vegetable dye!
A sheep felted fleece transformed with vegetable dye!

The farmer who I got my beets from last season ,told me today “the beets are ready”. I plan to make 50 jars of pickled beets this season, I only did 31 last season. So I need to figure out what poundage I need to get to the 50 jar mark. The pickled beets will be ready to eat by the beginning of September.

When you “the farmers market shopper” don’t buy our eggs……….

When eggs are not bought at the Saturday market we make egg salad!
When eggs are not bought at the Saturday market we make egg salad!

We make egg salad.

Now I love egg salad, but I would prefer to have customers buy the eggs. We get enough eggs, due to an egg  not being perfect or cracked. So don’t forget to buy eggs at the next market and come early so you get all the eggs you want!

Don’t get me wrong I love eggs and I cook with them all the time. But once you are use to fresh eggs, having a box  of uncooked eggs in the fridge for more than a week  just feels wrong. So make the red hens happy and don’t forget  your box of incredible, edible eggs!

One of our red hens
One of our red hens

We will miss Ring Ding

Our last Goat Ring Ding passed away  this week, she was 11+ years old, she was the prettiest goat we had . Ring was an aloof kind of goat, but near the end she was very accepting of any love and affections she got. . But no more goats for us…just sheep. So rest in peace goaty girl.

We will miss you!
We will miss you!

2 1/2 weeks ago it looked like winter had returned……..but not any more!

It was starting to get green............not now March 29th,2015
March 28th,2015-It was starting to get green…..but by March 29th,winter had returned .

On Saturday the 28th of March as my husband and I were tending to a ewe with her newborn lamb the snow started

the same crocus in the sunshine
They’re Back!! We had 2 days of 60 degrees and the crocus have begun to bloom!

coming down in huge flakes. The snow stuck to the trees and to the ground where there was snow cover. But by the afternoon, the sun had tried to come out. Yet that evening the wind was back up, blowing in more cold air and left 5 inches of snow behind. I was getting really tired of the cold and couldn’t  wait to see mud and the shoots of green appearing in the garden and in the trees,when the snow appeared that Saturday. That was 2 1/2  weeks ago and now there are only a couple of snow piles and is 60+ degrees . The water is running high in the stream, the birds are making nests ,the lambs are lounging in the the sun,no biting bugs and there is hardly any muddy ground.  Although all the night time creatures are back out as I discovered 2 nights ago . It was a very dark night when I came out of the barn  after feeding the bottle lambs. My only light was my head lamp(which needed new batteries)  and  that is when I stepped on a weasel(a short,skinny weasel)who was just as surprised as I was and took off through my legs  into the back yard. I think he/she was hunting the mice that tend to live in the wood pile that is at the foundation of our first barn. I just feel lucky it wasn’t a skunk as there was a dead one across the road the next morning.

 

Winter is starting to release it’s grip

I know it's spring when I see the Junco's
I know it’s spring when I see the Juncos

It is amazing what you can see while walking the dogs in the winter on the road or in the woods . We have seen a flock of turkeys, a flock of cedar waxwings under an apple tree pecking at the frozen apples and an Ermine(a Stoat in it’s winter coat) which the dogs found very interesting.

Winter can be very depressing .So when I see Junco’s along the road I know the snow is receding.  That means the green of spring is not far behind!

I am ready for SPRING!

 April sky in 2013 at early evening over my neighbors house
April sky in 2013 at early evening over my neighbors house
When will I be able to see the crocus? There is still 1 1/2 feet of snow .....
When will I be able to see the crocus? There is still 1 1/2 feet of snow …..

I don’t know about you, but I am ready for mud and green grass……I suspect the animals are too,especially the donkey!

Sparkle has spent all winter trapped with 18 sheep and 2 goats and no where to run too!
Sparkle has spent all winter trapped with 18 sheep and 2 goats and no where to run too!

Having sheep means you experience new life and unfortunately death

Our ram lamb Caddy Shack didn’t make it , he was a month old and was not  yet chewing cub(regurgitating  hay and chewing). He may have had a defect in his stomachs and was unable to utilize the hay he had eaten. But it makes me very sad and this winter weather and cold hasn’t helped me or the lambs.

Orphanannie's first full day in the barn!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Orphanannie’s first full day in the barn!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Liberty and her ram lamb Sparrow
Liberty and her ram lamb Sparrow

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

But there is good news! Our newest ram lamb Sparrow is getting fat and bouncy and Orphanannie is now in the barn full time! She has bonded with our ewe Salsa and her ram lamb Spots ,so she has someone to sleep with.  I am also happy to announce that as of tomorrow Sparrow will be on the same feeding schedule as Orphanannie……only 4 feeding’s a day! But starting  Thursday Orphanannie will be moving to a 3 times a day feeding schedule as she is old enough(and fat enough).