Monthly Archives: August 2013

Requiem for a Rooster

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Our dear departed hero rooster, Rudi

Our dear departed hero rooster, Rudi

Our dear old rooster, Rudi, finally passed on. He was the hero who almost died protecting his ‘ladies’ from a marauding racoon, and lost a good part of his beak and half of his comb in the process. What really mattered, his hubris, remained in perfect condition and he strutted his stuff to the end.

His predecessor was the ‘Rooster From Hell’ and it took a ‘sweety’ like Rudi to convince me that roosters can be gentle critters who’ll eat out of your hand. I believe the trick is to cull the flock before the roosters are matured, and instinctive ‘pecking order’ behaviours are established. But which one to keep? Not always an easy decision and this time our decision is made even harder by the fact we have eight roosters to choose from! Out of the eleven Barred Rock chicks we acquired in April, to (hopefully) replenish our laying flock only three were hens. Apparently such a ratio is quite unusual, not to mention disappointing and to make things worse The Eight have started practicing their wake-up calls at five-thirty on the dot, a mere thirty feet from our bedroom window. Not impressed!

The early morning wake-up crew

The early morning wake-up crew

Yum! So much wonderful food.

Yum! So much wonderful food.

The garden is in ‘jungle mode’, providing the most delectable selection of oh-so-fresh vegetables. It seems to me the garden is advanced for the time of year, especially my parsnips, carrots and onions. I wonder if this is a sign of an early Fall. Sure hope not. I’m just starting to enjoy my Summer. Even took time to pick a couple of bouquets today, which is something that tends to get neglected. Note to self – Take time to smell the roses

Sometimes it seems like a lot of work but some fresh flowers and kale salad instantly make it all seem worthwhile

Sometimes it seems like a lot of work but some fresh flowers and kale salad instantly make it all seem worthwhile

Our latest favourite is a very simple but totally delicious Kale Salad:

(I always try to pick ‘clean’ but still like to soak greens in salt water for a few minutes to avoid any unwelcome additions to the menu. Escargots might be tasty with some butter and garlic but in my salad they’re still not welcome!) Gently massage the leaves with olive oil. Mix a couple of Tbs. of mayo & lemon juice to taste, toss with cranberries and almonds. Be aware, this is addictive!

Stanley and me. BFFs

Stanley and me. BFFs

Stanley, our wonderful ‘baby’ goat is looking for a good home, as a pet or companion to a lonely horse. Much as we’d love to keep him we’re learning (slowly) to be realists. Goats are for milk and he doesn’t have the right equipment. But handsome he is, and gentle and very amusing.

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