Country Maple Farms Shelburn MA Jim and Angel Bragdon
Sep 3, 2014

Summer is Coming to an End

Wow! Where has the summer gone?!  I can't believe the trees are starting to turn already.  With the temperatures this week you wouldn't believe that fall is just around the corner. 

Bunny Love


Tilly and Tucker sure do love each other :) 

Below is one of our chickens that we hatched this past spring.  She is a pretty looking thing :)

Over the summer we were very busy.  It seems like there is always something that needs to be done.  I have to admit that weeding is not our most favorite job.  We seem to stay on top of it at first.  Here is before and after picture of one part of our garden...

Definitely much better after weeding :)  Now only if we could keep it looking like this all summer!  We were able to enjoy a plentiful garden this year.  We really enjoy producing our own food.

Besides hatching our own chicken eggs we were able to hatch some guinea hen eggs.  That meant we had to make them a fancy feeder like the chickens.  Here is a picture through the hole in the wall (before putting the feeder through it) of some of the guinea hens.

Jim and I learned a hard lesson with the guinea hens.  When we thought they were big enough to free range in the yard we made a door for them to go in and out of the coop into the yard.  We thought they would come back to the coop since they had been inside of it for a few weeks.  That wasn't the case.  All but one left and never came back :(  It was rather sad.  Since then we found a nice women from Colrain and we bought some young birds from her.  The one bird who stayed behind has been the mother figure to the much younger birds.  Very cute to watch.

It is very important for chickens to be able to take dust baths.  It helps keep unwanted pests off of them and helps keep them clean.  Here is a picture of our "teenagers" partaking in a chicken pile dust bath.

At one point over the summer we had some bees start to build a nest inside the chicken coop.  I have to say it was very neat watching the nest get bigger and bigger.  However.... we couldn't let them keep buiding.  Here is a picture of the nest before we took it down.

Here is a picture of one of our bantam chickens sitting on a few eggs.

Our chickens really enjoy hanging out on the outside roost.  Here is a picture of some of the "teenagers" all lined up.

Next is a picture of some veggies from our garden.

Our tomato plants inside the green house have been doing fantastic!  We have made a lot of tomato sauce that is in the freezer.  Over 30 containers!!  Now only if a magic very will deliver a pressure canner we could really do some preserving/canning of our garden!

Our tomato plants that were not in the garden did not fair to well.  I'm guessing it was too much rain.  All of a sudden the plants just died.  We were able to salvage some of the green tomatoes.  My mom was able to make some relish out of them.

In the begging of August we were able to do some traveling... to Italy!!  I plan on making a fantastic video our our trip.  Until then here is a sneak peak photo of one of the places we saw...