Since our day old baby chicks arrived three weeks ago, I’ve kept our Wingscapes BirdCam busy capturing photos and videos of them in their brooding pen. Today as I was looking through the hundreds of images captured earlier this week, I was taken with two photos of one of our Mottled Cochin Bantam chicks.
In them, she has the stage to herself and seems to be taking full advantage of the moment to pose for the camera. Then she turns and looks at the BirdCam rather inquisitively. It was as if she was investigating the camera as much as it was investigating her. So, judge for yourself. Who’s watching who?
1840 Farm has twelve new residents of the feathered variety. They arrived yesterday and I am happy to report that they are all active and well. They spent the better part of today exploring and trying to master two very important skills: eating and getting along with your roommates!
They are adorable and we are all enjoying watching them. There will be daily pictures and videos to share on our Facebook page, but I wanted to give you all a glimpse of them on their first full. day living at 1840 Farm. Here they are after we gave them all a health check this afternoon. Moments later, they were back in their brooding pen warming up and exploring their surroundings.
Stay tuned – there will be an unending supply of chick pictures to share!
Yesterday we took a culinary road trip to a sugar shack owned by dear friends. They shared their delicious syrup as well as years of knowledge. We learned all about the collection of sap and the painstaking work of transforming it lovingly into maple syrup. We watched as gallons of liquid boiled rapidly and the fire blazed below. The steam rose constantly to allow excess moisture to evaporate away from the sap until beautiful amber syrup remained.
As a special bonus, we were treated to maple sugar on snow. Syrup warmed to the correct temperature was ladled over freshly gathered snow. We twirled it loose with forks and ate it while it was still warm.
It was a delicious way to spend a beautiful sunny day.
What can you do when your youngest child outgrows his pair of Wellingtons? Easy. Use one as a container for a wildflower bouquet. Or would that be a bootquet? I’m not sure. You’ll have to decide for yourself.
Not entirely wordless, but completely celebratory. The first cherry tomatoes of 2011 are here! Yes, they are growing in the plant window in the kitchen instead of outside in our garden. No, we don’t care.