Saturday, June 26, 2010

Nary A Raindrop This Day

I suppose there's still a chance we could get rain in the five more hours remaining of this day, but for all practical working outside purposes, we made it without any moisture falling on us.

Even though I waited until 1 o'clock to go pick strawberries, the plants were still wet. Not a good situation as I've read you can spread fungus in a strawberry patch by handling the plants when wet. I'm just hoping there was no fungus in there to be spread!

That's a regular sized egg with the strawberry in my hand. The berries are always biggest when they first come in and then get smaller as the season goes on. I harvested 11-1/4 pounds today. That brings the year's total to 17 pounds 6 ounces.

I managed to get a fairly good picture of Mama Mallard and part of her brood. She still has all ten ducklings she hatched on May 10th. She is standing in the foreground with six of her ducklings behind her. You sure can't tell the males from the females yet, can you? (They all still look identical in coloring to her but I can't believe all ten are females.)

The goslings are no longer the fuzzy butts shown in my blog header photo. They're almost totally feathered out and very close to the same size as Mother and Father Goose. We've definitely got three females and four males. Mom and Pop are in the foreground in this picture.

I hope you all had as nice a weather day as we did here.


Erin said...

I can't believe how fast they grow! I can't wait until my harvest can include some fresh eggs - although in this heat I would feel horrible for my chickens!

Mama Pea said...

Hi, Erin - They do grow unbelievably fast. Talk about economical, quick meat production!

I never thought about if the chickens would suffer in that stifling heat you're having. Wonder if they really would be affected as much as people are? I mean there must be lots of home flocks in states located even farther south than you, right? Think of Mississippi and Louisiana. Hot, humid . . . yuck.

Lorie said...

You strawberries are beautiful. I just love those big ones. You are certainly blessed with a nice crop this year. Enjoy!

Mama Pea said...

Hi, Lorie - Thanks! We may be grumpy because of all the rain and lack of sun lately in these here parts, but I'm thinking the rain has been a help in making our strawberries grow big!