Archive for September, 2011

Early August through Labor Day was busy with a steady flow of visitors (family, friends, former students)–and a trip north for a wedding.  Guests provide a great excuse to share the things we love here–the Blue Ridge Parkway, the AT suspension bridge, Crabtree Falls, The Plunge, local breweries, garden-fresh food, our chickens, and much more.  Some fond picture memories may be accessed below.

Late Summer Scrapbook

At an age of 18 weeks and four days, the first of our fourteen hens laid an egg in one of the egg-laying boxes in the henhouse!  A second egg appeared the next day, and another two days later (today).  Left: Monika holds the first egg–now with the insides blown out and preserved for posterity.  As it happened, we had company arriving that day, and Raymond can be seen proudly holding the second egg below.  While first eggs are typically small, they have firm brown shells and deep-orange yokes…. and they went into an omelet this morning.  Monika’s loving care seems to have produced happy and productive chickens!

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