Monday, April 14, 2014

::mini road trip - pygmy::

We had another mini road trip.
This time to pick up our little pygmy girl. 
About half way there we stopped at a little road side store that sells all local products.
From farm raise beef to fresh cheese.
I could have spent a huge chunk of cash. 
But in the spirit of thrifty I just let each kiddo pick out a cookie. 
This place had free popcorn, too!
Trip Advisor had some good reviews about Windmill Grill in Kokomo.
It did not disappoint.
Emma got the sampler and it was the most amazing plate of calories I have ever seen.
Next stop was a very pretty park in Kokomo.
It has a wonderful old covered bridge that the kids loved. 

My prettiest Emma acted as photographer on lots of these pics. 

Like this one.

And this one.

And my favorite picture of Lily in a long time.

Once we had our new little goatie we took back roads the whole way home and found a great ice cream place in a tiny little town called Birmingham. 

Photo bomb is a family tradition.

And baby girl ended up being just as pretty as we hoped. 
Emma named her Darcy on a Jane Austin vibe. 


Friday, April 4, 2014

::chickens graduate::

 When we bring the little ones home from Rural King they start off inside the house in a rubbermaid container with a heat lamp over it.  Next, they move on to an old horse water tank locked in the chicken coop with a heat lamp close to them. Once they have some decent feathers and the weather is warming up I move them to the coop with dog fencing around it to make it smaller.  After about 2-3 more weeks of improved weather and feather growth they get the entire coop to themselves.  

BUT - this year I am going to figure out some kind of outdoor grazing space for them that will keep them safe from Quinn and hawks. 

 I wish I could let Quinn play with these little guys like he wants too.  But then we would not have any more chicks left. 

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

::cottage garden 2014::

Here is the game plan for this year. 
The onions, peas, cilantro, and spinach are already in the ground.  
I think because it was such a hard winter I am extra excited to get this garden underway this year.
I am bringing back a center green bean teepee.  When I look back at old pictures it just looks so pretty.  
This will be my first year to try tomatillo's.  We will see how that turns out.  I can already taste the green salsa. 
In the very back of this garden will be a skinny row of sunflowers. 


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