Chickens - We found homes for three birds! Two roosters and a hen went to live on two different farms in the Annapolis Valley. I've heard reports and they're all good. My pal, Kim, took the gorgeous golden-laced Wyandotte roo and the demure Barred-rock gal. A new friend, Cheryl, took one of the two outstanding black Australorps. We have the other. That leaves with us two spare roosters - a banty silver-laced Wyandotte, and a handsome Rhode Island Red. SP has found a place for them. It is the Lebanese Market in town and I'm afeared they won't make pets of them. At least SP won't have to do the deed - we don't charge for them - we just can't have three roosters. No one can. I am very happy that there won't be any chicken culling going on here. Very glad. That leaves us with six hens and one roo. The six hens are:
1 golden-laced Wyandotte - Beauty
1 wonderful little RIR - The Hammer
Another RIR - (unnamed so far)
1 black Australorp - Crow (2)
2 silver-laced Wyandottes - (unamed so far)
and the roo, who is also unnamed but we're going to be VERY careful naming him. Something kind and peaceful and loving - The Dalai Lama perhaps, or Gandhi. We'll see. These pictures were taken before we sent any birds to new homes.
Garden - total wipe-out - got maybe a handful of strawberries and some tomatoes. There are two cabbages that might turn into something and a bit of basil. The garlic, so SP tells me, came out with smaller bulbs than went in!!!! I share the blame for the garden with the pissy weather. Nuff said. Next year...
Knitting - I've been working on a triangle shawl in a pattern called Dragon Scale Shawl. I got frustrated and had to frog it a zillion times and then figured out that I needed to go to a slightly heavier yarn - so I went up to a fingerling. I also put life-lines in place about every ten rows. Well, it looked gorgeous - very very nice and I was so happy but last week or so it went flooey on me. I went into The Loop (knit store in town that is fabulous) and the owner nicely helped me take it back to the life-line and re-introduce the needle at that place. Took me an hour and a half under her tutelage. Then I knit happily away for several rows until I figured it is off again. Big time. That means either I've lost my mind - and I don't think I have - or the mistake was BEFORE the life-line. Whatever. I'm frogging it and starting over, only this time I'm using a smaller gauge circular needle as my life-line. Yes. I will not give up. I'm going to post a photo for you knitting knuts.
Assorted thingys - last week we had 6 extra adults and five extra kids over for berry-picking, nipkin hunting and dinner. It was a wild and wonderful time. SP made his amazing fish soup and a huge mac and cheese for the youngins. I made an upside down plum cake and brownies too. I am on this 17 day diet so couldn't eat that but had berries and yoghurt. The plum cake turned out wonderfully - hmmm....where did I get that recipe - let me look for a mo. There, now I'm back - not sure how I got there but the link above will take you to it. I think I did everything it said except I added a peach or two and kosher salt - puhleeze!
The reports were great...