Saturday, July 18, 2009


A lazy Saturday morning, and a desire for something new, sparked the search for today's breakfast alternative; Huevos Rancheros. ..or at least our version of it. No tortillas on hand so we used the next best thing...tortilla chips!
I could go on describing the slowly sauteed salsa, spicy chilis, and organic tomatoes gently bubbling and filling the air with a southwestern aroma...or the sound of the fresh free range eggs as they nestled in to the pan of olive oil and spices...or even the rich textures and mexican flavours that bathed our pallettes as we ate...but, as they say, a picture is worth..

I love Saturday.

Friday, July 17, 2009

A glimpse through the construction fence..

Ever walked by a construction site and peeked in through (in the old days) a crack in the fence boards, or maybe a broken one? Nowadays they acutally have viewing portals, but the old way had a certain you were getting away with something, or maybe just seeing something no one else had.
Tonight was a bit like that in our lives here on the acreage. You see, like many, our goal is to get off the grid, out of the rat race, and settle in to our homestead. Tonight we saw through the fence boards and had a glimpse. We spent the evening with no care or worry for time, no thought to tomorrow's work, commuting, or bills. We spent the evening sipping wine (Yellow Tail if you're interested...) and hanging out with our 5 chickens.
The highlight of the evening came when Red, a young Partridge Chantecler pullet, decided that her roost on the daytime run was not high enough and attempted to launch herself on to Cindi's head!! Thinking Red was conducting a Top Gun style 'fly-by' Cindi ducked and the poor girl came in for a rough landing a few feet away...crashing and burning like Tom Cruise himself.
Not to be deterred, and using her Canadian roots as determination, she repeated the procedure several minutes later with me as I stood idly by...this time with the precision of an F-16 on the deck of a carrier (my head)...she landed the maneuver!! Then, pleased as punch, she proceeded to hunker down and roost as if I had a clutch of eggs up there (which Cindi will tell you is wrong.. my nest is empty!).
We laughed like school kids, Cindi took pictures, and we revelled in what is now...and what is to come a short stretch up the road.
A pretty wonderful glimpse.

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

We got chickens today. The roster (not rooster! heh..) is thus:

4 6-wk old Partridge Chanteclers (straight run, so not sure of the sex yet)
1 9-wk old Dark Brahma pullet
1 3-wk old Dark Brahma....cockerel?? apparently his feathers indicate this, though we can't be sure for a while yet..
1 1-wk old Dark Brahma chick.

Birds are all in the spare bedroom. We are tired now. Pictures tomorrow.