Saturday, June 27, 2009

The passing...of a chicken and of the week

I missed my Tuesday and Thursday themes, obviously. Between being out all day and the internet connection not working, blogging just never happened.

I was going to recap the week with a few photos, but first, I have some sad news to report. Our favorite chicken, Alpina, died this morning. It looked like she suffered from an impacted egg. Alpina was the smartest (I swear she was smarter than some dogs I've met) chicken with a spunky personality - would never let one of our roosters mate with her, would be the first one to come running when you have a bug for them, and would try to knock food out of your hands if you don't feed her fast enough. It's always fun to watch chickens, but doubly so with watching Alpina. We'll miss her a lot.Remember the dill we were drying a few weeks back? Here it is, dried and put into a jar. It smells wonderful!And here is some of our dill on buttered new potatoes that we just harvested a few days ago:Speaking of harvest, I can't remember if I showed you the one measly strawberry harvest that we got this year:I hope that next year's harvest will be less pathetic. We've put in a new bed this spring.

This is the first wild black raspberries harvest of the year. We put them on the pan to flash freeze before putting them into freezer bags.And last, but not least on a random thoughts sort of theme, this is one of the plates that ds#2 made that I had wanted to sell on Etsy. But, it was sold to dh's uncle when the crew came to visit last weekend. Guess we'll have to make more!Speaking of Etsy, I noticed a lot of people have started ArtFire accounts as well. I'm wondering if anyone can tell me the advantage of one over the other, if you have a preference, and any other thoughts you might have on this. Thanks!

I hope everyone's week was a good one, with no sad news. Any good plans for this coming week and the Fourth of July weekend?

"I may not have gone where I intended to go, but I think I have ended up where I needed to be." ~ Douglas Adams

14 comments:

Joanna said...

I am so sorry about Alpina. She looked sweet. Food, delish and that plate. I thought it was a leaf. I was thinking "what plate is she talking about? She's gone over the bend?" But no, it must be me bending... :)

xo hugs, T. Sorry about the chick. I loved mine and they all ended up in a fox's belly. :(

TeresaR said...

Thanks, Jo! We've had various hens picked off by hawks, dogs, and a raccoon. Alpina actually died a less gruesome death, but you know how it is when it's a beloved pet.

LOL! You're not bending; you're just working too hard, and what with Amber stealing your coffee... *snort* Thanks for the compliment! Hugs back!

Meg said...

teresa - i didnt know you were such an amazing and avid gardener! you really have a self sustaining home - so inspiring! im sorry for your loss. *hugs*

TeresaR said...

Meg, I'm just the sous gardener...dh does most everything; I help weed and harvest. ;) Thanks! I know she was just a chicken (and we process our own chickens too), but she was definitely our pet.

Anne-Marie said...

I'm sorry about your chicken. That is so sad.

On a pleasant note, your dill looks great and I bet it smells and tastes amazing.

I don't have any feedback on ArtFire but when I hear anything, I'll let you know.

Grace said...

Love the pics of the dill pre- and post- prepared. And I'm so sorry about Alpina. Chickens have such different personalities. Huge differences between Honey and any of our others. She is still our favorite of all time. Ones like Alpina and Honey really make having chickens fun.

And you forgot the most important part of helping out. You help weed, harvest and EAT the food! he he

The Blonde Duck said...

I'm so sorry to hear about your chicken. :( Good thing I have a story done for you to cheer you up!

suzanne cabrera said...

Oh goodness...so sorry to hear about Alpina. An impacted egg? Didn't know this was possible... Wow.

Alli said...

I am sorry to hear about Alpina.

Your potatoes look delicious and make me wish I had planted Dill!! I definitely will next year!

Maureen said...

I'm so sorry about your chicken. I had never heard of an impacted egg before. That sounds painful. Your potatoes look soooooo yummy. I'm going to have to get a late night snack now. Your strawberries look yummy too, sorry that you didn't have a better harvest. I LOVE strawberries. We went to a u-pick last week and they were so good!

Carrie @ Under the Willow said...

So sorry to hear about your beautiful chicken- she sure sounded like she was a delight to raise...

Your potatoes look extra good with the dill on them!

Hope all is well- and there is NO more sad news.

TeresaR said...

Thanks, everyone, for the sympathies! :)

Michelle said...

I can't believe I missed this post. So that is your darling little hen you lost :( Sorry about your loss T. I hope your feeling better.

Abby said...

love your food photos! you guys are amazing!