Mama Claire with Babies
 It's so nice to have the extra day on a weekend.  It's amazing how much you can get done!  We didn't go  camping or on vacation we had a work at home "stay-cation".  Saturday began quite humid but {thankfully} lost much of it as the day progressed.  Temp's were in the 80's for the full weekend.

Mama Claire and the 7 babies are doing splendid.  She is such an amazing mother and takes her job very seriously.  I was interrupting a "scratch and peck" lesson Saturday morning and she pecked her little beak so hard the chicks and I all jumped to attention.  The babies then forgot about me and went back to Mama.  I left before I got them in trouble.

Because we are only keeping 5, we have chosen 5 names:  Annabelle, Charlotte, Josephine, Edith and Helen.
 The rest of the girls are doing well and enjoyed "helping" me in the yard this weekend.  Hattie was naughty.  She got into one of the garden beds and began plucking bean seedlings.  She couldn't figure out why I was suddenly running toward her and flapping my arms but she took off running in hopes I would stop.  I guess I should have better clarified what I meant by "helping" me.

(l-r) Sam, Wilma, Emma Jean, Lucy Lou, Kathy, Renee, Trudy and Kessa
 As I've mentioned before, my way of rounding them up is to shake the container of freeze-dried mealworms.  The photo above shows them running toward me as I shake it.  They received a very hefty helping of them.

Because it was so warm, there was no hot coffee being served at Cobble Hill this weekend.  Only iced.  It's actually more like coffee milk as it's about 1/2 flavored coffee and 1/2 milk, but it sure is refreshing on a hot afternoon.  I also made a batch of iced tea and coffee syrup to flavor the iced coffee.

The animals stayed inside quite a bit as it was too hot for much of the weekend.  Jackson daydreams of the day I put a collar and leash on him and take him for a walk.  I've thought of it, but I believe it goes much better in my head then it would in real life.

Jay put the menu plan together for breakfasts for the weekend.  For some reason on Friday he had determined exactly what he wanted:  breakfast burritos on Saturday, Eggs Benedict on Sunday and Asparagus and Ham Frittata on Monday.  For lunches we opted for simple sandwiches and grilled for dinner.

By the time Summer is close to ending I long to make dinners that require baking and then by the time Spring rolls around I can't wait to fire up the grill.  I guess it's the same with veggies.  In the winter I can't wait for fresh asparagus and then I crave fresh berries and tomatoes.  Toward the end of summer I can't wait to bake with apples and have winter squash with my meals.  Funny how our bodies naturally go with the season.

Hoping you all are having a wonderful weekend too!

Thank you to all who are reading this who have served in the military.  Happy Memorial Day!


Snooks said...

What a very nice sounding weekend so far. Love pictures of the birds. The windows with dogs at each one is a good one too. Enjoy tomorrow.

@ 3Beeze Homestead

Angie said...

Love all your chickens!!

Tami said...

Love the pic of the pups at the window!

I was just thinking the same thing about sasonal eating. I hate turning on the oven now so it's cold salads, soups, grilled meat and ice cream. By fall I'll be longing for that pot roast!

Unknown said...

You've got babies too! I never witnessed something as amazing as a mother hen teachering her babies how to drink and eat.

~Kim at Golden Pines~ said...

I'm glad Mama Claire is settling into Motherhood and the babies are doing well, and paying attention in school! :-) I'm also glad that you and 'the girls' are doing well and they're helping you when they can! ¸.•´¸.•*´¨) ¸.•*¨)
(¸.•´ (¸.•` ¤ ENJOY YOUR DAY!!*´¨)

Meg said...

I love your girls! I'm so glad those chickies have a mama to take care of them. And your Eggs Benedict looks delicious!

Mary@BarnBugStudio said...

Love the new chicken names! We had chickens several years ago. Our daughter named them after Oz characters. After a bit,"Auntie Em" began to crow, and was thereafter referred to as "Auntie Ed."
You're so right about the food! After about July 4th, I long to wear a sweater and make apple pie!

Staci at Life At Cobble Hill Farm said...

Thanks so much to you all! Mary - I am still laughing about "Auntie Ed". Reminds me of when we adopted a stray cat and I named "him" George. My mother then told me he is a she but I refused to change his name (kids!). My Grandmother was so bothered by a female cat named George she would only call her "Georgina". :) Too funny!!

Meredith said...

Put that collar and leash on Jackson! What could happen....
My Grandma walked her cat on the leash all the time and the cat was a happy boy.
She got a few strange looks for passers by though.

Staci at Life At Cobble Hill Farm said...

Ha! I can only imagine Meredith. :-) I think eventually Jack would be quite the talk of the town!!