This is our little rooster, Shivers, and his BFF, our last (geriatric) bantam hen. They are a pair and hang out together for much of each day. Neither one of them are "spring chickens" but both still look pretty good.
Pictured are four of our six geese. Geese tend to stay together in a gaggle and ours are no exception. Where you see one, you can be sure the others are very close by. (You can see how low our pond is because of lack of rainfall this summer. Ugh.)
When I pulled out my green and yellow bush beans a few days ago, they were still lush and had lots of tasty beans on them so I threw all the vines into the poultry yard. Ducks, geese and chickens were all interested in them.
Today I noticed the geese looking over what was left of the vines. Do you know those silly birds ate all of the leaves . . . but left the beans? You never know what's going to appeal to them, I guess. (Next time I'll have to remember to cook the beans and add a little butter and salt before offering them to the birds. Ha.)
I live with my husband on a small homestead in Northeastern Minnesota. Our daughter (Beyond the Fork in the Road) currently lives in a small cabin in the woods not too far from us.
Our place is located outside a small tourist town and a two and a half hour's drive from the nearest big city. Trips to the city are infrequent, well-planned, and exhausting!
We currently raise chickens and have hives of honey bees. Raising some of our meat and most of our fruits and vegetables is a priority for us; so, along with our birds for meat and eggs, we have fruit trees, berry patches and a huge vegetable garden.
Quilting is my passion, and I could happily spend each day in my quilt studio if I weren't happily spending each day out in the garden. Good thing we have winters up here; Mother Nature helps keep my life balanced.
Home and Household Manager (Highly-Skilled Domestic Engineer)
Wife of Retired School Teacher (I Really Enjoy Having Him Home)
Mother of Grown Child (I Am So Proud of Her)
Fanatic Gardener (So Many Seeds, So Little Summer)