Weekend


The weekend feels like a blur.  As seems to happen more often than not lately, I had hoped to get so much more accomplished than I have.

Luckily, we've lost the humidity, at least for this week.  Last week was so hot and humid it was just uncomfortable.  Saturday was wonderful - temp.'s in the 70's and humidity gone.  Today it's a little warm but I'll take it.



Well, my garden is barely hanging on.  Thanks to those darn woodchucks and rabbits my kohlrabi, cabbage, broccoli, lettuce and beets are just about wiped out.  He/She/They are working on my carrots now.  We have 4 of those destructive little ground hogs living on or around our property and at least 2 rabbits.  Jay realized on Saturday that one has made quite a comfortable home underneath my garden shed.  Convenient, right?  He walks right out of his home to a nice, luscious vegetable garden.  Well, at least it used to be nice and luscious.

We have decided to fence the garden in.  I think in the Fall we'll be tackling this project.  We'd left it open so we could continue to expand it as needed.  Looks like I'll have to make a final decision and just do it.  It won't save things from the chipmunks, birds or squirrels but at least I won't have the bunnies and woodchucks in it.

I'm cooking from the Bread Bible again tonight.  I'll be trying a Raspberry Braid.  So far all the recipes have worked out very well so I have high hopes.


Mama Claire and babies are doing very well.  The babies continue to get bigger and bigger by the day.  They so desperately want to be let out with the other girls, but not quite yet.  They are still too small and I would worry the girls would still be able to kill them.  I tell Claire she'll just have to trust my judgement.

When Claire hatched Sam and Renee, she used to go out on her own, for Mama's time out, while I watched the babies.  With the 7 she's got now she's a nervous wreck to leave them.  I've tried giving her a break a few times but she paces and cries so I haven't tried it again.  Maybe she thinks they're just too much of a handful for me.  She's a very good Mama.


Oliver has 2 toad friends who visit us almost nightly.  He gets so excited to see them but he's too much of a chicken to go up to them.  He keeps his distance, bends over and just watches.  Our property is surrounded on 3 sides by a stone wall and they've likely taken shelter in that.

Hoping you all had a wonderful weekend!

8 comments:

Dave V. in Galway said...

Hi Stacy, I'm looking for straw or mulch hay here in Saratoga County. Do you have any recommendations? The photo of your peas tipped me off that you must have a local source. Thanks!

Enchanted Moments said...

We have free ranging rabbits, and have just finished barracading in the vegies from them....our choice to have them as pets, but very frustrating when seedlings were munched and we had to start over...good luck with your rabbit proofing...

Meg said...

Oh no! Everything looks so sad all munched. :( Make sure you put the fence into the ground about a foot so nothing can crawl right under.

Such cute chickies! I'm so jealous. I'm glad Claire is a good mama, but you know you'll have to get her more when this batch is big enough to be on their own! ;)

Staci at Life At Cobble Hill Farm said...

Thanks for the comments! Meg - no more babies for a while!! I've made my husband promise. :) Dave - Adirondack Feed in Amsterdam on Rt 30 has local hay and that's where we get it from. Their website is www.adirondackfeedcenter.com. It's a family owned and run business and they are very nice and helpful.

Emily Reiter said...

What are the breed of the babies? They are so cute!!!!!

Staci at Life At Cobble Hill Farm said...

Thanks Emily! They are Red Sex-link. Supposedly good egg producers......fingers crossed since my current crew takes a lot of time off. :-)

Snooks said...

Sorry to hear about the critters eating your garden. We have no critters this year but maybe it's because our garden isn't really producing much of anything yet. Our berries are doing fantastic but that's all. The little peeps are just adorable and I love your Oliver. What a cutie pie.

@ 3Beeze Homestead

Dianne @ My Southern Heart said...

With the wildlife (especially deer) here, we had no choice but to fence in the garden! Always enjoy your blog...