Remember back in the old days when I got my incubator? When was it.... May 1st maybe? Yes, I think so. Now, do you remember the 23 eggs I had in there? 12 ended up being fertile. Well those eggs hatched. 10 out of 12 eggs. Now they are about a month old. Do you think I'm a little late on posting about them?
They are all fine and growing into total monsters. Oops. Did I say monsters, I meant "angels".... Ya, sure angels. Well that's it for now.
Until next time,
The Crazy Chicken Lady
Monday, June 11, 2012
Before we moved to our farm we lived in a subdivision. We had cats, dogs, rabbits, and a few fish. We leased a wonderful horse for a year but I had to drive almost an hour every day to take care of him.
I longed to have a farm. We searched for a year before we found this house. In that year I prayed and prayed that, if it was the Lord's will, we would find a piece of property in which we could have a farm. At first it started like any other dream but then it became an obsession for me and it occupied almost all my thought. As the year progressed and we couldn't find any land that we could afford or that was livable, I began to think that it was not the Lord's will for us to have a farm. I cried myself to sleep many days. Then I asked the Lord to change my will so that I wouldn't long for a farm any more. The Lord's timing is perfect. I know this and I was completely aware of this at the time of my heartache.
However, when you become obsessed with a desire a battle begins and sometimes a war will start with what you know and what you want and perseveration is all you do. About the time I asked the Lord to change my heart this house fell out of escrow and we stumbled across it. I say stumbled but I know that the Lord had his GPS working in us and he pointed us to this house. With the help of my parents we purchased this house and built our barn and now we have a farm. I am grateful everyday and I thank the Lord everyday for our farm. How does this connect to the riparian life? Well, the Lord could have brought us to any property, but he didn't. He brought us to this property and it has a beautiful creek flowing right through it. Within our beautiful farm there is another completely amazing world that we get to explore. The Lord far exceeded anything our hearts were even hoping for.
|wild grapes just starting to grow|
|more tadpoles from smaller varieties of frogs|
|possible parent of some of those tadpoles ~ beautiful I might add!|
|stunning rock on the side of the creek|
|wild grass growing with some non-native mint|
|a micro tadpole|
|damselflies ~ oops sorry to intrude|
|a honeybee stopping for a drink|
|the western view of the creek|
|a medium sized tadpole|
|possible newt eggs ~ we will carefully check back in a couple weeks|
|eastern view of the creek|
|wild mint ~ I wonder what the story is behind its growth here?|
|a beautiful blue rock ~ we need a geologist to help us identify these beauties|
|heading east in the creek|
|a mayfly nymph|
|Caddisfly larva inside their fancy little stone houses|
|A water boatmen|
|a damselfly enjoying the mint|
|thousands of mint roots|
|wild grapes ~ I can't wait until we can feast on these.|
|a micro frog trying to camouflage|
|iridescent green fly|
|a water loving snail|
|one of the ancient oaks that guards the creek|
|Likely frog eggs belonging to the frog below|
|frog found hiding near (above photo) eggs|
Saturday, June 9, 2012
We found these cute little caterpillars recently and have been fortunate enough to see their progression into moth hood. They are Western Tussock Moth caterpillars. There are over 2,500 known species of Tussock moth found on earth.
You should handle these little caterpillars with caution as BugGuide notes: “Contact with hairs may cause an allergic reaction.”
Adult moths of this family do not feed. However, Tussock Moth caterpillars are defoliators and "are voracious eaters capable of defoliating entire forests."* Wow, really? Maybe in mass numbers but we found three.
|beginning of metamorphosis ~ pupae just forming|
The first stage of their metamorphosis is to become a fuzzy clump. Then within 10 to 18 days (depending on the surrounding temperature) they begin to emerge as a moth.
|pupae of moth|
|tiny moth shortly after metamorphosis is complete|
Tuesday, June 5, 2012
When we bought our farm we inherited a dozen or more beautiful rose bushes. They are scattered around the house.
Great care probably went into their purchase. Unfortunately this is lost on us as we know little to nothing about roses.
Well, the research and time involved purchasing them is lost on us but not their beauty.
We do stop to smell the roses, almost daily, and we marvel at their colors and intoxicating aromas. They each share this with anyone staying long enough to appreciate them.
You can get lost in them and time just fades away. Before you know it search parties are sent out to find you. It shouldn't take an hour to walk to the garage and back but somehow it does when you stop to smell the roses.
We did name some of our baby goats after roses this year. Not the ones in our yard because we don't know what variety they are. We named them after their father, Castle Rock Chicago Peace. He, his dam, and granddam are all named after beautiful varieties of roses. However, I think it goes without saying, that he does not smell like a rose. Ironically the Chicago Peace Rose, a mutation of the famous Peace Rose, was cultivated to have a very strong perfume rose scent. Well, I'm sure he has a very strong perfume scent too, but not necessarily "rose".
|"Chicago Peace Rose" photo from the gardens of Cantigny Park in Illinois (http://www.cantigny.org/gardens/)|
Below are just a few more photos from the roses around our house ~ I only wish you could smell them.