I don't think I will be able to update you on all that's been happening here without having photo overload, so I'll just do the best I can. Since sugaring we have been so busy here on our homestead. We got pigs this spring and friends came out to help us put up the fence before they arrived which was a HUGE help and we appreciated it so much. The pigs are definitely getting big since the day we got them.
Had to get a photo by Jim's old ford tractor which has been such a work horse here for him.
I've been growing herbs and trying to dry them out but it's been so hot and humid lately it may take a bit longer than I would like. I'm also making some infused herb oils that I will be making into salves when they are ready.
I started incubating eggs from our hens on July 1st and we candled them last night and it looks like all 22 eggs may have something happening. I'm crossing my fingers that we will have chicks by the 21st or 22nd of July. Our rooster Rudy is such a good boy and really takes care of this girls. He has 23 hens to look after and does a tremendous job.
I know some may think that is too many hens for one rooster and we did try out another rooster to see how it would work and maybe have two flocks going but Rudy would have none of it, so this guy had to go, and he was such a beautiful guy too.
So Rudy in the man around the coop.
This is the first time we have hatched eggs on our own, we have always gotten chicks from the feed store in town. We'll see how many hens vs roosters we hatch out. I'm hoping to get some roo's so I can process them in the pressure canner instead of freezing them.
The gardens are doing great now that we finally have gotten rain.
What's a homestead without barn cats or kittens :) Meet Smoky and Noki. Noki is a Finnish word for soot. Jim started calling the top one Smoky and I thought the black one looked like soot so I looked up the Finnish word for soot and it was Noki (pronounced No-Kee). They are both girls and just so cute.
There is nothing like taking a break with some coffee, haymakers punch also known as switchel and wild berries that are growing in the back yard. I add lemon juice and maple syrup in place of the molasses and brown sugar. I use either Braggs Apple Cider Vinegar or my homemade ACV, just depends on my mood at the time. Believe it or not the haymakers punch really does refresh you on a hot day, especially when you have been working outside in the hot weather.
My flower garden is blooming so nicely. I look at this lily and always think of my blogging friend Ann who sent it to me after my dad passed away. When it blooms I think of them both.
I think I have covered most of the stuff I wanted to share with you, like I said there is just so much that has been happening here I'm not sure I could cover it all in a blog post so I just gave you some highlights.
I hope your days are going good where you live, take care.