“The ultimate goal of farming is not the growing of crops, but the cultivation and perfection of human beings.”

Masanobu Fukuoka, The One-Straw Revolution


We are having a bit of an egg situation around here these days.  How different things are from the days when we would gather 2 dozen eggs a day.  Now, we are lucky if we get a half dozen, with most days being a measly 3 or 4 chicken eggs. 

Perhaps the girls are on strike since their lockdown.  (They are still sequestered in their yard until the foxes are finished teaching their kits to hunt.)  

Happily, Old Tom has settled in to life with the hens quite superbly.  Elwood, our gentleman rooster gives Old Tom wide berth, which is good.  There is peace in the henhouse; and Old Tom has lots of companionship.

As for the runner ducks - they quite like the new hay in their yard.  So much so, that they save their egg laying for soft hay nests.  The ducks have become our most reliable layers... giving us 4 or 5 eggs daily.

  And though they, too, remain on yard arrest for the time being, they seem content to pick through the hay in their yard.  Eventually they, too, will be given their freedom... but not until it is safe!

Look what I found when weeding garden boxes yesterday morning.... a guinea egg!  

Last summer we lost both of these willow trees to a summer wind storm.  They blew over, or...

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