The deck is coming along.Jay still has 2 more sides of railing to finish and needs to re-do the small portion next to the house.  The floor boards are also not completely attached.  Next year will bring lattice and plants.

The poor girls are molting.  Don't they look awful?  Emma is on the left and Lucy Lou on the right.  They look downright scrawny without their feathers.  They are somewhat clumsy flyers on a good day so when they lose their feathers, including tail feathers, it sure throws their balance right off.  Poor things.  Jay and I help them on and off the roost in the morning and evening.

In this photo they are happy.  They had pancakes for breakfast followed by carrots {thanks Mom!}, cabbage and a few beet tops.  This was after their favorite scratch grain {chicken candy} and a little organic cat food {for protein to help them through the molt}.

Fall means pumpkins and pumpkins mean baking.  At least in this house they do.  Pumpkin butter, pumpkin bread, pumpkin roll and pumpkin pies.  I love the smell and the flavor.

I am continuing to grow loose leaf lettuce in my lettuce tables.  We've been fortunate enough to have pretty mild weather so they continue to produce.  The corn and the rest of the garden is just about put to bed.  We're still getting peppers, eggplant, green beans, carrots, beets and a few squash.

And then there's Jackson.  I couldn't resist including a photo because he is the only animal I've got who doesn't mind his photo being taken.  Oliver and Emerson aren't very interested, Caity Bug despises the camera and the chickens think it looks like a very large treat and try to get at it.

Yes, Jack is still stealing and although he's stolen larger items like clothing, money is still his favorite thing.  I tested him last night.  I had a 5 dollar bill in my pocket so I left it in a small pile of papers on the counter.  This morning the papers were still on the counter and the 5 dollar bill was on the floor in the living room.  I'm not sure why it's such a favorite, but it still is.

Hoping all of you had a wonderful weekend too!


mountain mama said...

gosh...i wish we lived closer...i could learn a lot from you in the kitchen!

have a great week :)

Suzan said...

Your new deck looks fantastic!! You're going to enjoy your new outside space!!
Poor chickens!! Do they still lay eggs while they're molting?
Hope you share some of your pumkin recipes!! the bread looks great!

Dave V. said...

I like the balusters you are using on the deck. Hard to see, but are you alternating wide and thin? Looks very nice. Any chance of sharing your pumpkin butter recipe?

Sue@CountryPleasures said...

The deck looks great!!!

Staci at Life At Cobble Hill Farm said...

Thanks Mountain Mama and Sue! Dave - yes, the balusters are 2 thin and 1 thick. And yes, I will try to get a pumpkin butter recipe up this week. Suzan - no, the chickens don't lay when they're molting. :( We're down to about 3 eggs a day out of 16 girls.

SouthCoast Guy said...

The deck looks great, and looks like the perfect size to have a cookout!