Sunday, June 12, 2016

Just things around the teeny tiny farm


Guineas really are strange creatures. We have found two nests right here in the yard. The first nest had 27 eggs. We sold the fertile eggs for $5.00 a dozen. Two days later we happened upon this nest hidden under an Azalea. We gathered 24 eggs and left 17 in the nest so the guinea hens will keep coming back here to lay..



Usually when a nest has 30 or more eggs, one of the female guineas starts setting, and boy does she put her life on the line to do so. During the day a male guinea stays close by to protect and keep her company. Come sunset, all the guineas except her, fly up in the big cedar tree over the chicken lot, leaving the little female all alone to sit through the dark of night, with wandering possums, raccoons, skunks, and foxes.



Why just last week, early morning around 6:30, Poppy left for work and just up the dirt road started seeing guinea feathers. Hundreds of guinea feathers. He got out of the truck and tracked the feathers to a nest in the deep grass along the edge of the road. The poor guinea had put up quite a fight but was gone. Had we known she was there, we would have brought her and the eggs home. The nests are hard to find.



Down behind the chicken lot is the darkest, richest soil...so I got the little pink wheelbarrow dirty again. Also tried out the new potting bench and re-potted eighteen Rose of Sharon plants.



Trouble is, I caught myself bending over the wheelbarrow to fill the pots with soil. How does one use a potting bench? Maybe as a place to to put everything? Anyhow, it was fun and the little plants look much happier.


There is one beautiful yellow, and I do mean yellow! lily blooming in a pot at the teeny tiny garden...



Digging a new flower bed in full sun to grow flowers, lots of flowers, is weighing heavy on my mind. I won't rest now until that is done!




From our late afternoon, after supper, walk around the pond with Eli and Weetie...



and the cool patch of wild ferns that grow at the head of the pond.

Thank you now for visiting today. I'll end this with a kitty cat picture. One of Bickett that Poppy took. Seems every time Poppy walks past Bickett, when he is on this stool, one of them tries to pick a fight...



Poppy says it's Bickett. Pardon the dust. The weather has been much too pretty these last few days to stay inside and dust. 

Love,
Henny

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  1. That lovely Lily is a vibrant yellow!! So far I only have Lilies in shades of pink blooming.
    What will you do with 18 Rose of Sharon plants? I do agree that it's hard to do nmch potting up ( or anything else) without bending over. Guess we just have to do our best.

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    1. The pink lilies are so pretty. I give most of my potted cuttings away, even though my little Henny Penny Lane sign says "Bonnets, Aprons, Fresh Eggs, and Plants For Sale. Mostly I do it for fun.

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  2. In my greenhouse I had one shelf empty at waist level (much like a potting bench) and that's where I filled pots and fussed with each plant. Funny how we get into habits, though. Your pond is so pretty. It must be fun to have the wild-life that lives in and by the water. All but the snakes, of course. You'd hear me screaming all the way to Ontario. Sad about the guinea. Poor thing. :( The night is full of danger. Nice to see Bickett. He's quite the character. lol

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    1. That is a good idea. I've got to make something about waist high to hold a tub of soil. Bending over a wheelbarrow is hard on the back.

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  3. I usually have a galvanized tub sitting on an old chair filled with my potting soil, everything close at hand and just use the potting bench as a place to stand and pot, it saves the back.
    Beautiful yellow lily, what a gorgeous color.
    Bickett looks like he's waiting to swat Poppy :)
    ~Jo

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    1. An old chair! and there is one at the greenhouse. I was planning on building something today. Thank you Jo.

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  4. I use a rubber trug for potting soil, or my wheelbarrow, depending on the job. And the potting bench is perfect to stand at to pot up plants without stressing your back....too much. Let's face it, we are active people, we will always push ourselves a little bit further than we probably should. That poor little hen, that story made me so sad. It's exactly why I can't have chickens any more - my last girl was left half dead in the garden, when a hawk came down and attacked her. We had to put her out of her misery. I don't want to do that again! Love these little snippets of your life. I'm curious - what are you going to do with 18 Rose of Sharon plants?

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    1. Good idea. I've got to fix something today. Bending over the wheelbarrow is hard!

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  5. So sad about the hen. I loved seeing the guineas in your photos. Early one morning, 3 went strolling across our lawn but I could not see them well. You have been busy. I wish you great success with your plants. I love the ferns and the reflections in the water. Looks so peaceful.
    Hope you have a wonderful week. I appreciate your comments and kindness on my blog.

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    1. Thank you Mildred! Guineas are fun to watch. You have a good week too!

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  6. Poor Guinea, hope she hurt whoever got her. How cute your pink wheelbarrow is, almost a shame to get it dirty. Take care with your back.

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    1. I hope so too. Wish we could have seen what killed her and had a loaded gun in hand.

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  7. Yes, I'm familiar with those cat/husband spats. I'm learning a lot about guineas from you. How dare those male guineas to desert a damsel in distress in the dark of night. I hope you have some baby guineas hatch. I'd like to see them.

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    1. Isn't that a shame. Poor little female left to fight alone. Just like a male! :)

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  8. Don't see any dust.
    Sorry you lost one of your females, but maybe you can hatch some replacements.
    Love to see your pretty little farm. A bit of heaven on earth.
    Have a blessed week!

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    1. We need to put some guinea eggs under one of these setting hens. You have a good week too! Thank you!

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  9. Be careful digging that flower bed. It's hard to resist the siren song of a shovel and a likely digging spot. Just remember that once dug you are obligated to then take care of it in perpetuity You probably do need a new bed dug with all those trees sunlight must be in short supply and to seems that most flowers do best in a sunny spot. Are you going to line the drive way with those Rose of Sharon bushes?

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    1. You're right! A new flower bed would take a lot of work. I had seriously thought about lining the driveway with Rose of Sharon. I think it would be pretty. Thank you Vic.

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  10. Depending on the height of the potting bench, put a tub or bowl of dirt on it, or if it higher,inset a tub into the bench, and then do your potting in the tub. I end up doing a lot over the wheelbarrow, and that is a real back killer, for sure! Bicket looks like he is about to start a boxing match!

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    1. That bending over the wheelbarrow is hard! I plan to build something about waist high to hold the potting soil. Hope to get that done today. Thank you Karen.

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  11. It's amazing that the eggs escape the snakes, and the hen escapes the predators. Good luck, guineas.

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    1. That is true. Makes you wonder how any baby animals survive in the wild.

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  12. You are certainly blessed with loads of eggs, poor females having to stay down and guard them on her own. Beautiful yellow of the lily mine are jus starting to come back.

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  13. Your gardens look lovely. Very cute photo of Bickett. Ready for a tussle!

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    1. That Bickett is always ready for a tussle! :)

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  14. so sad for the hen. guess it is the cycle of life though. just catching up from being out on a road trip recently.

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  15. I have missed you. Hope you had a good trip.

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  16. It's always so fun to see what's going at your place! Such a sad story about the guinea...unfortunately the nature's way at times. The yellow lily looks like sunshine :) Have a fabulous week!

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  17. That is a lot of eggs. Sad about the death of the guinea.
    Nice to see what's happening around the farm.
    I'll say it again, I love your pink wheelbarrow. : )

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  18. Adorable picture of Bickett. She must have quite the personality! I didn't know you could sell guinea eggs. Be careful of your back digging that new flower bed. Beautiful yellow lily! Nancy

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  19. I have a slipped disc and now use a potting tray on a bench. It's a large plastic tray with sides, and compartments at the back for tools and labels and things. I put the bag of compost on a box so I don't have to bend down to it, and ladle the compost into the tray. No compost goes to waste as it all stays in the tray. I even pot up in the garage, with the tray on top of the washing machine, if the weather is rainy.

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  20. Wow! I had no idea guineas laid so many eggs . . . well, I guess I really know nothing about them, or not until I read your post. Thanks for the education. I love that photo of your pond. Is that a bridge in the background? Do you cross it to get to the pond? Your place is beautiful and from what I'm reading, it sounds like you must be feeling better. Don't push yourself to hard . . . mending takes time. God bless.
    Connie :)

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  21. I'm what a pretty lily. Such a bright yellow color, like pure sunshine. I hope the Guinea hen is able to hatch the eggs. What a lot of little Guineas you will have running around and little Guineas are the cutest things.

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  22. What a wonderful post! =) I was thinking about you and Lynn and wanted to drop in for a quick visit. I love your teeny tiny farm, what a lovely place to be. That picture of Bickett is the best. Made me smile. Thank you so much for your kind words over on my little blog. If you ever want the name of my Lyme doctor I would be happy to share it with you. He is in Winston Salem. Blessings and so lovely to catch up with you a bit. Valerie

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  23. I love the picture of Bickett! He is a very handsome cat!
    Love you!

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  24. You need a ramp to get that wheel barrow of soil higher! :)

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