I picked up a really sad looking Sweet 100's tomato plant from the store. It was $1.44 so I figured I'd give it a shot. Poor thing was bigger and someone snapped off the top half. I also put some Jamaican Burr Gerkin seeds in a pot of soil beside the trellis in the side garden. I'm hoping it's not too late to start my garden... here at the end of June... if I can stay pain-free long enough to actually plant anything.
I got the shipping confirmation that our guinea chick order shipped this morning. They should arrive tomorrow or Saturday. I also got order confirmation on the newer order I put in - they will ship July 10th. I'm excited for more birds, but I'm also glad we'll be done with chicks soon. I'm not planning to put any more in the incubator (except those that candle alive once the broody hens hatch out their babies). Last scheduled hatch will be around July 7th. Then we will be done for the year.
Today while doing barn chores we spotted two little newly hatched chicks in one of the nest areas with three broody hens. I'm not sure who will claim them, but they're starting to hatch!
I went down and again checked the nest on the peninsula. The broody duck was up in the barn for a meal and I peeked at the goose eggs. They've all gone bad, there are flies all over, one of the eggs is actually cracked open and seeping rotten stuff. Some eggs were definitely fertile and developed, but none hatched. It would have been neat to have some goslings hatch, but we will have to be happy with little Morgana, the gosling we picked up from the breeder. She and her two ducky companions are still living in the house and thriving on all the love the kids give them.
With highs in the 80's in the forecast (and possibly into the 90's on Saturday), I'm going to be rationing my chore time to mornings and evenings. We do not have air conditioning and it can get pretty hot in the house, even with the fans going. There is no relief if I get overheated doing barn chores or yard work.
Tony is taking the kids this weekend to his brother's wedding in South Dakota. I'll be staying home to take care of all of the animals. Not a big loss on my part. I hate big social gatherings and that brother doesn't particularly like me (to say the very least). It'll be a nice (but hot) mini stay-cation for me. I can get some housework caught up, maybe even attempt to plant some stuff in the garden. What a wild idea!
Yesterday I was at Maddy's house (she's a fellow rabbit breeder in Brainerd). We picked up Celery (he'd been there for stud services) and brought Little Timmy for a date with her BEW Holland Lop, and brought home our newest bunny. I'd like to introduce this lovely lady - a purebred Jersey Wooly out of our own Celery.