Friday, March 4, 2011

Quick Update on Me and Mine

It has been a spectacularly busy week! The weather has been gorgeous, so I've done a bit of shoveling. The ducks have spent the week in the future greenhouse, and that allowed me to scoop up the top 6 inches or so of their pen, take it to the garden, and then refill the duck pen with some sandier, far less fertile soil.

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The chickens and ducks love it when we work outside because they get to come out of the house and run and roam the farmstead. We can't leave them out unprotected because they get eaten by dogs, hawks, etc. (mostly dogs), but if we are out, they are too. So they've been loving all the outdoor play time.

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With the warmer, sunny days we've been getting a few more eggs. For the first time ever, we've gotten 1 egg per duck, too! Last year, only one was laying, but now, we have gotten eggs from all three of our girls. Duck eggs have a more rubbery texture - not my favorite for eating, but they are fantastic for baking, especially at high altitude.

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The library has kept us busy as well. Little Bit talked me into attending three programs this week - storytime, a Dr. Seuss celebration, and Paws to Read, where the kids take turns reading stories to a dog. It's always good to be in the library, though. I've picked up some work hours (I am a sub for the library district) for this weekend.

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Little Bit's New Library Tote

I've finished the draft for my paid writing assignment, and I've been offered some at-home work scoring written essays on standardized tests. Every little bit helps, and I am grateful for opportunities to help out while still staying home with Little Bit.

It has been a good, busy week. How about you?

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10 comments:

Gill - That British Woman said...

you are certainly a busy bee. I would love to get hens but am worried about the coyotes in our area and how cold it is up here. We are still covered in snow and ice.

Gill in Canada

Ruth @ Hope, Joy and Faith Farm said...

Wow, you have been busy... I love the feeling I get when I get some of that fertilizer out of the barns and into the garden. I love the book bag too!

Ten Things Farm said...

Thanks for the comments! I'll do a post about the tote bag soon. It was a lot of fun to make. Gill, we got snow today, but just a dusting. I'll be glad when spring really springs. :)

Nancy@A Rural Journal said...

I see you have some magpie ducks -- we have about 14, plus one old mallard we've had for about 11 years. Don't you just love 'em? :)

Buttons said...

Your chickens and ducks are cute. We always baked with duck eggs when we were young. Good luck on the working from home. B

Ten Things Farm said...

Magpie Ducks? Is that the same as Ancona? I might just have a different name for the same ducks. :)

Verde Farm said...

Your ducks are beautiful!! So glad you shared :)

JoyceAnn said...

You did have a busy week , the chickens do look happy scratching about. We free range , but they've been confined to the chicken lot since I've planted cabbage in the garden and they're not so happy about that. Love the library bag , it's cute.

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Bee Lady said...

Oh dear...I got some duck eggs from the meat market guy about a month ago. He just gave them to me, so I used them for sandwiches for my husbands lunch and baking. He never complained that they were rubbery!

Thanks for commenting on my blog.

Is that your daughter? She's beautiful. I think it's wonderful she is 'helping' with stuff on the farm!

Cindy Bee

Ten Things Farm said...

Thank you all for your kind words! I do really love our ducks - they are so different from chickens, yet alike in some ways too. They're much easier to catch when I need to - that's for certain!

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