I've been a bit quiet on the blog, but only because life is loud, and full, and busy, and good. We've been gardening, and going to the beach, setting up a double slip-and-slide, and finishing a bathroom.
Sylvia has been helping me garden and she always loves to forage. She's been loving nature shows about animals and putting together more difficult puzzles.
She also likes coming up with interesting concoctions like this strawberry, snap pea, and rose petal salad that she made me.
We watched the last robin fledgling leave the nest under the deck.
We've been taking care of our new baby chickens and Ayla has learned how to hold them just so. Ayla also loves to help gather eggs from the coop, and at the age of two, I find that she is so capable. I think she drops and cracks fewer than Sylvia does, actually.
Our 'teenager' chickens still get extra attention even though they are free-ranging with the adult hens. We mostly make sure they can still get some of the organic feed we put down in the mornings, otherwise our laying flock will run them off. This one named Pearl even gets hand fed bugs by Camille. They have a special bond.
Sylvia, Ayla and I spent today's windy morning picking strawberries at a local orchard.
*photo by Sylvia
I'm off to bring Camille to tonight's play rehearsal and play at the park with the other two. Then tomorrow I have strawberries to freeze and dehydrate and maybe make some into jam....
Life here is good, and full, and messy, and exhausting, and delightful, and loud, and sweet.