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.

Please move with me over to my current blog, www.rosemary-ridge.blogspot.com ... thank you!

CHIPMUNK INVASION

Was looking out of my kid's new upstairs bedroom yesterday and saw what I thought was a rat or really large mouse in the goat pen. Right there, among the miniature goats and chicks. Creeped me out.

But just now, I was fixing my lunch and happened to look out of the back door. A chipmunk! Nosing around, looking for goodies my chickens might have overlooked. Sniffed. Stood up on its back legs. Looked around, and back down.

It was then that I realized it was probably a chipmunk I had seen in the goat pen.

Still, not good.

Chipmunks eat eggs and plants, seeds, seedlings, and so on. A pair of chipmunks can build a huge colony in no time at all, wiping out a garden and eating the chicken eggs. Personally, I'd been wondering why I was only getting about 6 eggs a day from my 9 girls.

Now I know.

Meanwhile, even tho it's supposed to rain much of this 3-day weekend, we'll hopefully finish putting up the garden fence, planting corn, sunflowers, millet, squash and a few other things, and might even have time to see a movie.

Oh, and when my broody hen took her morning constitutional today, I looked at her eggs. Today is day 20 (of 21 days). Two eggs were cracked, one partially open with a mature chick inside. I didn't touch because Broody Hen was raising her hackles, but I didn't see movement. Hoping they were hatching and just taking a rest. Hoping they were NOT dead. I'll check again in a little bit.

So ... might not be able to blog this weekend. Hoping to be busy with baby chicks and baby goats but... we'll see.

Enjoy your Memorial Day weekend.

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