|A couple of days old.|
|A couple of days old.|
Have you been faced with the dilemma of what to give someone special for their birthday? Well, the stakes are even higher when it is a ‘milestone’ birthday. My siblings and I were faced with this very dilemma in deciding what to give our mother, (Pastor Farmer) of Double S Farms, for her 70th birthday.
After some deliberation, we decided upon building her a vegetable garden.
Now for those of you who are familiar with my blog, you may recall that my mother already has a nice vegetable garden….
This is Francie, and this is how she is supposed to look – she is a ‘naked neck’ chicken.
From time to time, we would take small breaks to play with Sodapop, who would drop her ball at your feet and wait hopefully for someone to throw it.
Of course, there was also time for the cousins to play catch too.
At this point, we had to quit for the day because it was almost dinner time. We all decided to come back the next Saturday to finish the project.
I went home and while my husband cleaned our mud-crusted boots, I put a load of very dirty clothes into the washing machine.
My youngest sister, is very creative. She even has her own company where she creates clothing for kids.
This year, she has gone all out for Christmas in regards to decorating the house at Double S Farms. My mother, who is also super creative, helped as well.
I thought you would enjoy seeing some of what they have done…..
Here is what my sister had to say about decorating her house:
(I’m a little too scattered to come up with proper tutorials on these right now but if you have any questions as to how I made anything, please message me at firstname.lastname@example.org – I’d love to help).
You can check out more of my sister’s great photos and ideas at finleyandoliver
Okay, let me be more specific…..3 chickens!
|Lucy, Effie and Flo|
Besides eating hot dogs and watching fireworks this past 4th of July, I also spent some time picking apples with my daughter. We use them to make applesauce.
You know what? Apple trees are really the perfect size….
Yes, you heard me right….a boat race on a farm.
For those of you wonderful people who have stuck around, reading this blog for a while, you have heard me talk about Double S Farms quite a few times.
Well tomorrow is the big day at Double S Farms. It is the second annual Tour de Coops and the first time that Double S Farms will be on the list of gardens and chicken coops to visit.
I do plan on being at Double S Farms for a good part of the day tomorrow (Saturday). Double S Farms is in Gilbert. I’m not sure how many stops will be included in Gilbert since Tour de Coops includes the Phoenix metro area, but I hope some of you who live nearby are able to visit and see not only the chickens and their coop, but the vegetable garden, the fruit trees and the newest addition, the barn shed.
My sister, Chicken Farmer, blogged about it a few days ago and here is her post which explains much more about it:
A couple of months ago, the Phoenix Permaculture Guild put out a “call for coops” to be on this year’s tour. We were all over that and quickly submitted our detailed application. Once they looked over our application, they sent someone over to check out our coop to ensure that it was seriously cool (and it totally is). They agreed and this year our cool little coop (as well as our chickens, gardens, trees, etc.) will be on display for this year’s tour. You all know how much I like to talk about my chickens and now I get to do it for an entire day – with a captive audience! Absolute heaven for me.
If you are in the Phoenix area and have any sort of interest in urban poultry or even urban gardening, I highly recommend this tour. It’s a blast and a great way to connect with like minded people.
2nd Annual Tour de Coops
December 4th, 2010
10am – 3pm
Visit www.tourdecoops.org for more details and ticket information
I imagine that many of you are busy this week with the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday. My kids love that they only have to go to school for three days this week. As I mentioned before, I am hosting Thanksgiving this year at our house for my in-laws and my brother and sister-in-law and their two new baby boys.
Do you know someone who loves to entertain? Or maybe you are that someone? As for me, I like the ‘idea’ of entertaining but not necessarily the work. I tend to get a bit distracted as I plan out the details. So, this post may appear a bit disjointed, which is how my brain works most of the time….so please bear with me 😉
Out in my garden, there are definite signs that winter will be here in just one month.
This is the conclusion to a story that I wrote back in January about a dog and her battle with ‘forbidden fruit’.
Sodapop, who belongs to my youngest sister, Chicken Farmer, and her family – is the main character of this story. Sodapop is the daughter of my dog, Missy (that really has nothing to do with the story, however).
The ‘forbidden fruit’ for Sodapop was an apple. However, it was not your ordinary apple….it was an old, shriveled up apple hanging on the top of an apple tree.
However, now that most of the lower apples have either been eaten by her or picked by the residents of Double S Farms, Sodapop has had to content herself with eating the apples that have fallen from the tree….
I wonder if ‘forbidden’ apples taste better then ‘unforbidden’ apples?
**UPDATE – We recently learned that eating too many apples can be dangerous for dogs because their seeds contain small amounts of cyanide. So, the apple trees will soon be fenced off to keep the dogs out.**
I hope you are all having a great week so far. We are hoping for a start to our summer rainy season later this week and are keeping our fingers crossed 🙂
What a wonderful, busy weekend we had. I always enjoy the coming of Easter and what it signifies – rebirth.
When I first started this blog, I promised myself that I would not create a post solely about my family – I didn’t want to bore anyone and although my family is wonderful, we aren’t terribly interesting.
And so, I will keep my promise and show you a garden, sandwiched between two separate family Easter celebrations. That way, you can skip over the family photos and just look at the garden if you like.