Wednesday, June 29, 2011
Isn't this a beautiful color? There are lots of them planted around where the old house used to be and they are all blooming now. I just love that there are already some flowers planted out here. One thing I don't have are flower seeds. I'd love to have some more color out here. But there are other things I would like to get planted first. Like fruit trees and a big asparagus bed. Of course it all takes money and I haven't got that dang money tree to produce anything yet! <sigh>
I'm as pleased as I can be about these past few days of prepping. With all the cucumbers from the garden I've been able to put up 3 quarts and 8 pints of Bread and Butter pickles.I have found a crispy dill pickle recipe that I'm going to get brave and try in a few days. I'm sure I'll have plenty of cucumbers to work with by then. We picked all the hot peppers that were on the plants the other day and I put up a pint of pickled peppers for Mars this winter. I'm hoping I can put some more of them up as well. I also made 6 jars of strawberry jam.
I just love homemade bread. I mean who doesn't? So toast with jam and a cup of coffee for breakfast makes me one happy lady! I'm gonna brag on myself here and say that this is by far the best jam that I have put up so far.
There must seriously be something wrong with me. I just realized that I haven't told you guys about the newest members of our little homestead. We went to the local Chicken Swap a couple of weeks ago looking for a couple of rabbits to add to our "herd". We arrived fairly early (for me) and were surprised to find that there was hardly anyone there. I guess it must be getting to hot out there to haul all those animals out there and then sit in the sun for several hours. There is absolutely NO shade out there. There was one person with a billy goat, the local feed store who had a few baby chicks and a couple of folks who brought their garage sale items out. No rabbits or fresh produce or anything like that. I was just a bit disappointed. Well, not to be put off, Mars suggested we call the man we got the first rabbits from. Come to find out he was attending a Farmer's Market in a town several miles away. Since it was Saturday and we were already out and about we decided to ride over there and see what he had. Besides, we haven't done much checking out of the area we have moved to. I'm still trying to get an idea of the lay of the land. Back when folks could still afford gas, one of our favorite pastimes used to be just taking off and riding with no real destination in mind. We have found some really neat places that way over the years.
Like this horse trader's place. There were literally hundreds of horses out here. I have never seen so many horses in one place in all my life!
Check out this old train engine. It's just sitting out in that field rusting. What a shame! I thought it was pretty cool though!
We brought home 3 New Zealand Rabbits. 2 Does and a Buck. (I'm so original- I named him Buck) I don't know what happened to the picture I wanted to show you of them. Oh well, I'm sure I will bore you with plenty more of them soon enough....
They are still to young to start breeding yet but that's ok. It's so hot right now that I really don't want to try just yet. It's just too hard on them. So by the time they are ready to go it will be cool enough. Then .... bring on the bunny stew! Here's a picture of Beaudreaux the Giant though! I'm starting to notice a trend in the names of the animals around here. Our dog's name is B.B.
Living in the country I knew that there would be "critter's" out here. I even knew that there would be spiders and snakes. That being said it doesn't mean I have to like them! Miss Kitty found a huge tarantula out here. That thing was bigger than my hand. And if that spider wasn't bad enough, Check out the critter we found her stalking. You know, I'm ok with spiders... they are creepy and all but I can deal with them. It's walking through a spider web that totally freaks me out because you never know if it is on you somewhere.
Snakes are a whole other story. They freak me out. A LOT. Like bad enough that I have been known to hurt myself trying to get away from them. I don't know what kind of snake this is. Just that it was about 2 1/2 foot long and really fat around the middle. Any idea what kind of snake this is?
Because while Mars was out mowing the other day he scared off one just like this one. The difference? It was at least couple of feet longer than this one.
It's still out there somewhere, so if you have any ideas on what it is, I sure would like to know.
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