|Roses and clematis|
The shawl I have been weaving from an old sweater that I unraveled has finally made it to the shop.
|Old sweater, reborn|
Mama Hen also has been busy. She started to go broody May 24 and I was Not Happy as the timing is all wrong. So I took her egg out from under her, took her off the nest, and figured we were done. Oh no. After I spent all day Friday and Saturday removing her multiple times without her showing any sign of staying off, I capitulated. On Sunday I put an egg from one of the other ladies underneath her, counting the 21 days to hatching as being the Sunday I get home from a visit to my brother in Pennsylvania ( the same trip I tried to take in March with sad results). Now here is the funny part. My husband thought that she should have more than one egg to set on, so he went up to our neighbor's farm to see if he had any eggs laid that day to buy for Mama. It turned out that three of his hens were broody. He sells his eggs, and since a broody hen doesn't lay, that is the last thing he wants. So Jeff returned with seven eggs, still warm from the hens. We slipped them under Mama, and she has been happily setting on them ever since. Whether any of them are fertile remains to be seen, as the neighbor's rooster to hen ratio is very high. But our egg is fertile, so we should get one chick at least.
|Fierce Mama Hen|