cuteness overload!  our newest additions

being this cute is exhausting

cukes are coming!



Trudy taking a stroll.....supervised, of course, by Emerson


Allie searching for snacks

a found Blue Jay feather

the chick supervisor

the full-grown chicken supervisor
Sorry for the large volume of photos but our new chicks have arrived and I couldn't resist taking pictures!  We have 12 meat birds that will be ready to process in about a month and a half.  We bought them from our friend Sam of Stonehouse Market.

When J got home with the chicks, I was holding them with Emerson and Oliver watching from the deck.  I brought a chick over to them and Oliver shoved his head through the deck balusters {as far as he could}, closed his eyes tightly and stuck his tongue out to try and lick the little thing.  It was adorable.  Oliver wanted to lick them so badly.  We left him in charge of watching over the box while we went in for lunch.  He was enthralled.

The chicks were then moved to their temporary pen in J's shop.  A bit later I went into the house to get the dogs and take them for a walk.  As soon as Oliver came down the deck steps he threw his nose in the air and sniffed his way right to the shop.  He knew the little fuzzballs were in there.

The garden is coming right along.  I'm happy to report my pepper plants are finally getting growth spurts.  We harvested our first big batch of sugar snaps today.  They are so delicious!!  Sweet and crunchy - just perfect.  We are continuing to harvest asparagus.  Usually 4-6 stalks every 2 days.  The kohlrabi seems to be pleased with the area I gave it this year.  It looks so much fuller and healthy than last year.  And we should have mounds and mounds of cukes soon.  I got a tad bit carried away.  I planted 21 seeds.  Yes, 21.  No, I don't know what I was thinking.  And squash you ask?  Why yes, I got carried away with that too.  Not the winter squash - I maintained control in planting that, but summer squash, well, I have 7 plants.  Speaking of squash, I apologize if you're getting tired of squash blossom photos but I think they are one of my favorite things to photograph!

The elderberry flowers are gone and berries are appearing.  I'm hoping to try and can Elderberry Syrup this year.  The Asian Pears are still small - should be ready in another month or so.  I should be canning blueberry jam in the next week or two.  Last year I made a Blueberry-Lime Jam and a Blueberry-Cinnamon Jam.  They were both delicious so I plan to make them again {I'll share the recipes}.  Although our sweet corn is not yet ready, some of the local farms report theirs is.  I may have to visit one of the farm stand's this week and pick some up.  There's nothing like fresh sweet corn. {here's the one we planted this year}

In soap news, I am slowly adding soap to the Etsy store as it is ready.  I hope to have a new logo completed in a couple of weeks and then the online store, as opposed to the Etsy store, up and running shortly thereafter.  We'll have a newsletter available in conjunction with the store opening where we'll offer news about our products as well as monthly discounts/specials for subscribers of the newsletter, AND monthly discounts/specials for followers of the Cobble Hill Farm Handcrafted Soap facebook page.  We're also trying to plan the Winter/Holiday gift sets - yes, already planning for winter.  'Tis the life of a retail store owner!!  :-)

On the menu this week:  Burgers on the Grill {with Special Sauce} with Fries and Salad; BBQ Chicken with Mac and Cheese and Broccoli; Steak with Homefries and Green Beans; Five-Spice Chicken with Rice and Sugar Snap Peas; Grilled Red Snapper with Steamed Baby Reds and Sauteed Sugar Snaps; Grilled Pork Chops with Rice and Salad.

Hoping you are having a wonderful weekend!!

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September Violets said...

The little chicks are so cute! Some great shots of the animals and the garden. You will be busy in a short while with harvesting all the veggies/fruit. Enjoy your weekend. Wendy x

daisy g said...

No need to apologize, your photos are always a welcome sight. Envious of your sugar snaps. Your boys are doing a great job of supervising!

~Kim at Golden Pines~ said...

I've so enjoyed this post and especially your photos, how adorable are the chicks! It's easy to see that you've been really busy, and soon you'll be enjoying those rewards from your garden!

Megan @ Restoring the Roost said...

Your garden sounds like it's coming along very nicely! We planted cucumbers so late this year that I'm not sure we will have a good harvest. How wonderful to have berries too!

Anonymous said...

Staci - love all the cuteness, oh my I could jump through the screen and cuddle. What type of chick is Trudy? Love photographing squash blooms too. Yours are lovely. Holy cow do you think you will have enough cucumber? LOL Food sounds awesome. xo k