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Friday Farm Fotos: Spring chicks

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It's just part of having chickens. They get old. And stop laying.
And die.
Of course, around here they always die of natural causes....
Once a hen's laying days are over on the Fraker Farm, they get put "out to pasture" so to speak. In other words, I turn them out every morning and let them spend their days roaming and foraging to their hearts content, and I figure if they become a meal for a predator at least they died happy, since most chickens think it's heaven to get to free-range at all, let alone all day long.
I usually don't keep more than 4 or 5 laying hens at a time anymore simply because I stopped selling (and giving away) eggs and the feed is too expensive to justify keeping more hens than we need to in order to have enough eggs for two people.
I bought four Red Star chicks a few years ago, after having only Rhode Island Reds as my primary layers for many years. I fell in love with these calm, beautiful girls right away. Even as chicks they were s…

Friday Farm Fotos: Plow, Plant, and Pray

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Lily and Tiny share a moment at the fence.


I found a quote on the internet not too long ago in which the beautiful Audrey Hepburn once said,  "To plant a garden is to believe in tomorrow."  I love that.  I also know firsthand how frustrating it is to plant one day and then the weather make you lose all hope in your garden the very next day.  Ugh. Thanks a lot, Mother Nature.
(Sorry, I'm a child of the 70's. :)


Hubby plowed our little garden spot in early March.  Here he is at work with the sheep cheering him on in the barn behind him.  Gotta have teamwork to make a garden.


The ground was so beautiful and dark.... thanks to some heavy doses of manure.


Hopes were high for our little garden this year!  We planted onions, broccoli, and cabbage near the end of March.



Then it snowed.


Aaaand we had a frost. A hard one.
And our poor broccoli... eh, it didn't look so good.



The blossoms on my apple and pear trees didn't fare so well, either. No fruit from them this yea…

March, April.... May? Hey!

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*tap tap* Hello? Anyone still out there?

Yes, it is I.... slinking back into this blawg after neglecting it for, well... all of 2014 so far. *Sigh*
No excuses, really... just can't seem to cram enough into each day lately, let alone post updates on here.
But that is all about to change! (Really?) Yes.
I have a rather large and growing collection of pictures from the last three months I'm just about to bust to share. With anyone. Just not today. *Insert evil laugh* I'll be posting them on Friday Farm Fotos over the next few weeks, spreading them out so it will be more exciting that way. Kinda like a cliffhanger. Or not.
I'm also going to start something new around here; I started writing in my journal again back a few months ago, and I'm thinking of sharing some of my short stories from it with you. Sometimes I just write nonsense~ well make that most of the time~ but some of them are memories from my childhood and other musings that I want to put on here if for no…