As Promised

view of the house from over  the bridge on the other side of the creek

view of the house from over the bridge on the other side of the creek

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The enclosed front porch with screen windows

This summer has been quite busy and filled up thus far!  Our major projects have been the enclosure of both the front porch and side porches to create more space in this cramped little 1,000 sq.ft. cottage.  Nathan did the building and I did the painting…our front porch has now become our main “hang out” area…where the older boys go to read or play board games and video games in a toddler free zone 😉

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Inside of enclosed front porch, bench on right

"play area" on left with bench and table

“play area” on left with bench and table and shelves

The enclosed side porch was turned into a work area for storing tools and garden stuff, Nathan mostly uses this and he loves his new room!

enclosed side porch

enclosed side porch

interior of enclosed side porch with many many shelves for storage

interior of enclosed side porch with many many shelves for storage

We’ve also had lost of visitors, Nathan’s parents visiting June 28th – July 1st and my parents visiting July 4th – July 7th.  We immensely enjoyed their visits, as did the children and they will all be sorely missed until we see them again in the Fall.  There were two birthdays as well…

Charity celebrated her 3rd birthday on June 27th...here she is pictured eating cookies that grandma brought for everyone :-)

Charity celebrated her 3rd birthday on June 27th…here she is sitting on the table eating cookies that grandma brought for everyone 🙂

And cute little Samuel celebrated his 2nd birthday on July 3rd

And cute little Samuel celebrated his 2nd birthday on July 3rd

And here’s a funny story.  About 3 weeks ago I went out in the backyard fixin’ to kill our oldest hen, a barred rock who is 5 years old, in order to make room for the 35 brand new chicks that we purchased back in April.  I looked and looked and could not find her anywhere, so I gave up and went back inside, a couple of days a ago she shows up out of nowhere with three tiny puffballs trailing after her.  She had never gone broody before, but becoming a mama just saved her life ’cause I no longer have the heart to kill her and, besides, a hen that goes broody is worth it’s weight in gold!

the chickie mama with her puffballs

the chickie mama with her puffballs

the duck does not like the chickies...bad duck bad

the duck does not like the chickies…bad duck bad

The garden is coming along quite nicely with all kinds of greens and herbs, and corn, and snap beans, tobbaco and potatoes, garlic and peas and, of course, the tomatoes!  Here are a few random garden shots..

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Expect more “regular” blogging from here on out! 😀

3 thoughts on “As Promised

    • In this case they are probably hers, since she snuck off without my knowing…but a broody hen will sit on and hatch any egg, eggs of other hens and even eggs of other bird species. It’s not uncommon for a good farmer to use a broody hen to hatch a few duck eggs or a goose egg, you just have to take the duckling or goslings away once they hatch and make sure they are hatched with other chicks so that the mama has other chicks to mother ’cause if you take away her only babies she gets very upset!

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