I have to say that we are enjoying summer very much around here. Other than one “heat wave”, which here in New England means three or more days of above 90 degree temperatures, and another one possibly on the way now, our weather has been beautiful. The days have been warm but comfortable, and mostly sunny. The excessive rain finally slowed down and things are drying up. At this point, we could use a little rain for the gardens, but that’s OK, we can set up the sprinkler while waiting!
We have finally reached the point of full integration of the newbie chickens and the rest of the flock. The newbies are still pretty shy, and the older girls and guineas intimidate them a bit, but overall things are going well. They are still not leaving the coop or run much, but we are fine with them taking their time. Caitlyn has officially become “Charlie” and that’s given us a whole list of possible names for what I am now calling our new rooster’s “angels”! We’ll share the new names once they are settled, and they are outside more for better photographs.
Summer is still a busy time here on the farm. The Dadz keeps busy cutting trees for our winter firewood.
Luke and I are happy to now be able to take longer walks on some of our different trails, since the hot, dry weather has reduced the tick population, and we’ll see very few again until fall.
I try to spend an hour every day that I can weeding the vegetable garden and getting my Vitamin D (sunshine). The weeds are still winning the battle, but that’s OK, I’ll just keep plugging away. The best news is that right now the garden is doing quite well. We are harvesting our first vegetables – a little lettuce (the early crops like that didn’t do very well), kale (now being added to Luke’s homemade food), and soon there will be summer squash – yellow and zucchini, and cucumbers to pick.
Best of all, we’re getting Luke’s favorites and he is quite excited about it:
So far I’ve been picking close to a pound every evening of green and yellow beans. When I bring the basket full in, Luke always has to get one.
Ah, yes, it’s the simple things – I enjoy the evenings when I sit on the deck enjoying a glass of wine while snapping the ends off the beans to prepare them for supper.
Of course, my farm assistant is right close by. I think he’d eat the whole colander full if I let him!
What’s your favorite simple pleasure of summer?
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