Firstly, Luke wanted you to see his bug. Sometimes he randomly requests for things to be blogged. This bug was one of those things.
Now for another ridiculous chicken photo-shoot..... Turns out, it only gets harder as they get bigger and faster. Always worth the giggles though.....
lace winged wyandotte
most of the flock (that's a welsummer in the top left, her sister is directly behind her)
our four easter eggers (seen previously here)
Luke's favorite one in the front (previously here), we were so surprised she ended up being white. Luke had his heart set on a white chicken named Moonlight and there she is! The other black and white chicken was the darkest of the four easter eggers as a chick. I think these chickens are so fun because their feather color is the first surprise and then their egg color is the next. Most likely blue or green.... but we'll see in a few more months.
*The Look* (an easter egger)
I've got a bit of painting to do with the coop, so I'll be sharing it next week (wait until you see my creativity + power tools, good stuff!) But it's finished! I am so glad to have them out of the studio/apartment. I do miss their evening cooing in the corner as I was sewing or writing in the evening though.... such as sweet little noise.
In other news.... Joe has been clearing trees in the back all summer to make room for garden beds. He's cut down eight maybe? We had several enormous piles of brush/branches, so we rented a wood chipper for the day. The big boy, Joe, & I hustled to get the job done in time to return the chipper for a half day rental fee. We made it with about two minutes to spare! Now we've got four small piles instead of four giant piles. Joe has been spreading the wood chips in the forest paths to help with the mud. I think we'll keep some for paths between raised beds in the garden too.
We got three cords of wood delivered this week. Which reminds me.... I need to share a picture of our wood stove insert. It's a beauty..... I'm kind of in love. Knitting, fire, snow falling outside.... it sounds pretty wonderful.
What other random bits do I have for you......
Oh yes, the big kids have had a great start at the local public high school this week. Hard to believe these two are in 9th and 12th grade. They ran out the door this morning for the bus at 6:50 giggling and laughing and racing. So much like they did as little kids years and years ago. They haven't been to school together since 2nd & 4th grade, so it's really sweet to see them doing this together again. Mostly though, I am glad to see my big girl be so excited about this new part of her journey. I wasn't sure how the first few days would go and she's having a ball and staying true to herself all in one. It's really the most a mama can hope for, you know? I think we have a lot of fun ahead of us.
I'm planning our first week of home school this weekend... I'll have some bits to share on that next week. Including an outline for an Education Plan if any of you would like that resource.
I guess that's all for tonight. I think I caught you up on everything here.
Off to make some tea and maybe start a bit of knitting....
ps ~ you have one more day to enter Linda's generous giveaway here.... good luck!