chickens

Farm Work = Hard Work

I’ll admit it!!!  Farm life is hard!!!!  Demanding on so many levels!  And yet I love it!  So many people ask me how I do all I do and usually I’m like” it’s not that hard.”  “It’s not that busy.”  Well this week it was.  Hard.  Busy. My heart has been bombarded with hurting friends.  Sickness has been in our family.  Kids have had end of the school activities.  The weather has been cRaZy with rain almost EVERY day!!!!! Babies (goats) have been born.  Chickens have died.  I am spent physically and emotionally.  Yet last night as I was sitting next to my poor hubby (he doesn’t feel well) on our garden bench by the pond, I felt blessed.  The sound of the pond.  The smell of the flowers.  The sight of their blooms.  Watching and hearing my kids laugh and run and play with the baby goats.  I felt so happy.  I have a picture of me with Aaron’s grandma on that same bench (on my computer that crashed) and I was remembering how much she loved it.  We got a call last night that her hours on this earth are almost gone and we need to go and see her.  I felt mad at myself for not spending more time with her and my own grandma.  But thankful for the times we did.  Life is so short and so precious.  Where am I spending my time?  What am I chasing after?  This summer I am chasing my kids; family.  Yes physically.  But also spiritually.  I want to impart so much in them in this precious time I have with them.  I want to soak up all of their sweetness and silliness.  I want to play catch with them and chase fireflies.  I want to sit and do nothing with them.  My usual summer to do list is long.  But this summer there is only one thing on my list.  To be present.

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so thankful this year we will be able to harvest from the orchard

so thankful this year we will be able to harvest from the orchard

our semi finished patio.  the rain has not allowed us to complete it

our semi finished patio. the rain has not allowed us to complete it

 

my fountain.  one of the many things destroyed over the weekend from our construction project and storms.

my fountain. one of the many things destroyed over the weekend from our construction project and storms.

 

i love my roses!

i love my roses!

 

 

 

 

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Happy Hens

I have chickens on my mind.  They were our first farm dream to come to realization and I have not looked back.  We love gathering eggs every day, so far it has not lost its wonder.  It is so fun to watch them strut their stuff around the farm. We are putting together our wish list of chicks to order and I can’t wait to have more frizzles and sultans with their funky feathers.

Thanks to Pinterest I came across this awesome blog with some really fun ideas to try in our coop.  I can’t wait for spring to arrive!

 

 

I just love their feathered hats!

 

I want to make one of these!!!

 

 

 

 

Comments are welcome!

All About the Chickens

This week we are getting some new chickens….Buff Orpington. I’m really excited to add to our flock and am inspired to fancify the coop some more.  We have some big dreams for this coop….we are searching for the perfect cupola with a chicken motif weather vane….and we are in the process of installing a living roof over the turkey coop addition.

Chateau Poulet

I planted some gorgeous plants along the back fence of the coop and some shade trees and climbing vines.  In a few years it will be blooming & gorgeous.

There is such great inspiration for chicken coops.  I love these images I found on Pintrest.  (Linked to their original source of course!)

what would you include in your dream hen house?

Comments are welcome!

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