Anyway :) :) :)
Next time I do laundry I'm going to try to remember to take pictures. I've been meaning to for a while but forget.
Last Sunday we went to an Ozarks Gathering potluck at a little road park with a live creek running through. We got rained on but it was no worries and we had a most excellent time. We did some fancy trading and I came home with 3 new Indian Runner ducks and 2 new Ameraucana hens, more echinacea seeds, an aloe start, a bunch of candles and some little white pots to start more herbs in :) I traded 3 hens, lots of herb starts and dried herbs.
For the gathering I made teas and a very pretty marbled YinYang cake. I wish I had taken a picture, it was really pretty :) I'm sure similar cakes have been around for ages but I kind of made this one up. For the Yang I made a simple vanilla cake recipe with egg whites and my own homemade vanilla. for the Yin I made a cocoa cake. I poured the Yin chocolate cake in the pan first and the Yang white on top and gently swirled them together here and there.
And, thanks to our trading we now have green eggs again ! It's been over a year since we had green eggs and we've missed them terribly. I've also missed having Runners, they're such wonderfully odd creatures, they certainly seem to belong with us :)
Speaking of chickens ... not one broody hen this year at all. I've never had that happen before. we usually have a broody hen by March and chicks by now. We've raised mixed and Ameraucanas mainly over the years, sometimes another breed or two. This year we were going to raise just Barred Rocks, RIR's and Black and Red Stars. We have two beautiful roosters, Fox the RIR and Sir Didymus the Barred Rock. But I think we're going to completely switch and go back to Ameraucanas and maybe Buff Orpingtons. The Buffs were excellent layers and almost always broody. We'll see.
Another great thing that happened this week was apple trees :) A local farm store was selling a last few for 75% off and I was able to get 2 dwarf red delicious. We got them planted, Nik did a wonderful job with pick and shovel, and our tiny orchard is growing. We now have apple trees, blueberry bush and raspberry bush!