Monday, 30 April 2012

Summer Garden...Or Not...

Well, I had grand plans to write all about how we put in our summer garden this weekend. I had hoped for it to be complete with pictures of all of us working and smiling and all the plants we put in. Unfortunately, weather and manure supply are not cooperating with us and the garden is still not in, with no hope for it to go in any time in the immediate future. I'm just hoping the trend of late falls continues this year so we won't get frozen out before everything matures.

So, instead of gardening pictures, I'm leaving you with a picture of one our pullets who decided to come in for a visit this weekend, it's kind of fun to have a house chicken sometimes. And a picture of a strange looking bug that came to visit us on our front door step. Any one have any idea what this thing is?

Saturday, 28 April 2012

Healing A Sick-A-Roo

Well, we made it through the night. His fever broke at some point, but his stomach is still sour so I had him take a bath to clean off the sick and a fixed him a soothing pot of mint tea. .

I just love that I can go out into the back yard and pick as much mint as I want. I really love this variety and I wish I could remember it's name. It always has such a fresh minty taste instead of getting that weird and rubbery smell when you cook with it like some mints do.

Since I am using fresh whole mint I always use a generous amount just to make sure it's enough. Fresh herbs don't pack as much punch as dried, so if you're using fresh herbs make sure you adjust your amounts accordingly. I also don't use a a tea ball or strainer when using fresh herbs because they rarely come out of the tea pot which makes them a bit easier to deal with than dried tea leaves.

While the water for the tea was boiling I quickly got Will through the shower to wash off the bed gunk that inevitably comes with being sick. Then he got a fresh pair of jammies and got to go in the dining room and pick his tea cup off the shelf.

Here he is all washed up and clean with his tea just before going back to bed to rest some more. I'm hoping the mint will settle his stomach a bit. I added a bit of honey to the teapot as well since he hasn't had much to eat lately I'm hoping the sugar in the honey will give him a bit of a boost. 

Friday, 27 April 2012

Sick-A-Roo :(

Sad to report that we are not getting much done around here this weekend. Our poor little one has been feverish for the last couple of days and his daddy and I have been spending our non-working hours tending to his needs. I feel like I should have some sort of magic herbal potion that I could share with you all that will make him all better. Unfortunately, he can't keep much down so we've just been plying him bland food and water. I may try some cool peppermint from the garden or chamomile tea tomorrow, but for now he's sleeping soundly in mom and dad's bed.

Monday, 23 April 2012

Fairy Garden Contest

Will and I have been playing around in our gardens by building fairy houses this spring, so imagine my excitement when I saw The Magic Onions Fairy Garden Contest today! We have until August 1st to send our entry and I can't wait to get started! Our herb and vegetable gardens are nearly ready to be left to grow so right after Derby we will begin to work on our fairy gardens. I'm so excited! Will and I have had so much fun this spring building fairy houses and I can't wait to show off our work!