Much of this past week continued very dry, though the temperatures were mostly not so high as the week before. Still, mid afternoon on a couple of days found the sun to be quite intense. We did get a small rain shower towards the end of the week and that was very useful as we were getting quite a bit behind on the watering of the veggies and it was getting noticeable. Rain was badly needed. The first rain was adequate but it really was not enough and there were still bits of ground under mulch that was dry, the rain did not penetrate down too far. But yesterday we got a pretty good soaking that will keep the ground moist for a good while and more rain is predicted for today. Then, if we can continue warm with the occasional rain and no more dry, things will be pretty much perfect.
And we have a new addition here. Maggies baby boy, as yet unnamed, was born at 8 pm on June 3. Lots of excitement. No picture just yet.
The incubator keeps incubating and we are now coming up to day 11 of 21 when our eggs should hatch. There are 48 eggs in there and we are hoping for a good hatch as the eggs should all be fertile. This is our first run with this machine so we may have to make some adjustments before the next run. We also have a little Silkie hen brooding on a clutch of eggs. She will need to be fixed up with a separate place for her nest that is safe, secure and quiet and away from the other hens, just so as she is not disturbed or has the clutch stolen from her when she gets off for food and drink.
The chickens and ducks continue to lay quite well though the numbers have been down just a little from what we had earlier in May. Not sure why that should be. Still a good lay rate though. Our eggs are now also being sold at the roadside. We have them and the occasional other item out for sale in our horse drawn, dark green buggy which is parked near the road on our daughter and family’s front lawn right next door to us, right by the intersection of Robinson and Green’s Roads. We’ll later move it a little closer to our lane way and the garden, and have our veggies for sale there too.
The horses and sheep were starting to run a little short on pasture so the sheep are getting a little supplement of hay before they go out each day. The rains will start grasses and other plants growing once more, but that will take a few days to be noticeable, and even longer to get the pasture back in eating order. The cows are still cycling through their pasture rotation and should have perhaps gone through a bit faster so the horses could have followed on sooner. The horses still have a couple of spots that are growing still and which they have not been on yet this spring so they will be alright.
We are still busy getting veggies in. We did get bogged down a bit with the planting of over 1000 strawberry root crowns. That took longer than anticipated as we spent extra time doing preparation. We needed the rain for them especially. Other things are being planted and seeded and we have had help from volunteers and from working shares and that is so valuable and so much appreciated. Thanks Wayne and Helen, Dawn, Anca, Jim and Deb and Jen and Adam and earlier to Dawn’s Mom and Daughter. And I’m pretty sure that I’m missing some one. Apologies if I have. Still a lot more to be done and we are a little behind where we would like to be and where we should be.