My current home doesn't have a verandah but I'd like it to! A long porch surrounding the entire house. With a porch swing, potted blueberry plants, and a long strong dog laying at my feet. The sweet smell of lrosemary and freshly-turned soil wafting across my yard. The chickens clucking contentedly as they scratch for goodies in the fertile dirt. Knowing we have a full root cellar, trees in the orchard about to drop their bounty, and soup made all from hand-picked harvests bubbling in the crockpot. Heaven.

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The Rain Came!

It's been scorching here ... high of 102 degrees F. the other day. Yesterday started off a little cool as a cold front blew in. Drizzled off and on all day, and last night I heard lots of downpour with bursts of lightening and drumming of thunder.

We had dug a new trench around the goat pen so it didn't flood real bad during the night. At first light, I saw them out and about, bleating for breakfast and jumping up on their spool-toy. Good. I'm glad. We do plan, however, to make more modifications to their house to give them more ventilation and less roof drips.

Sweet things.

We're letting the chicks out more often. At least every day, but not for long. They are little scaredy-chickens! Silly things dart back into their coop at the slightest perceived threat, even an airplane overhead! As for them AND the two adult chickens, it figures that we have the only vegetarian chickens on the planet. Not even ONE will go after the millions of grasshoppers we have jumping around here. Aw, come on!

Despite the grasshoppers, we're finally starting so see some growth in the garden. I've really got to take some pictures soon. Little yellow pear tomatoes bursting out of the yellow flowers. Squash blossoms. Onions stretching out from between the potatoes. Cantaloupe vining down the sides of the pool. This year has been a struggle, dealing with horrible soil (read: sand), the bugs, the rabbits, etc. ... but finally, things are turning around.

Hope hope hope we get enough food to put up for the winter.

How is YOUR garden doing?

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