Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Eggs from the backyard

It's hard to explain how much better fresh free-range eggs are than what you normally find in the store, but I think this picture says a thousand words (store bought is on the left).

The darker color is from the chlorophyll the chickens get from being outside and eating grass and weeds and whatever else they eat.

Saturday, July 12, 2008

Young little kiwis

I wish the kiwis would flower just a little bit longer - the flowers are off-white and about the size of a fifty cent piece. But the good news is that now that the flowers are gone, the fruit is growing. You can see (hopefully) in the picture the little marble-sized kiwis. By late fall they will be full size and ready for harvesting.

The return of the Chickens

It's been several months since the raccoons did away with the last of our chickens, but the chicken coop is now secure and I picked up six new hens from someone moving off island. Looking forward to fresh eggs and the sounds of chickens again.

Friday, June 13, 2008

New maple tree

We had a nice magnolia tree growing here, but it always struggled a bit and when I clipped the trunk with the mower that did it in completely. I'm hoping this tree gives us more shade and more color - the magnolia tree flowered in early spring then was done for the year shortly. This will have colorful leaves for many months out of the year now.