Saturday, June 18, 2011

No More Cock Fights

16 roosters and everybody thinking he is the boss. Those poor hens. Yesterday we packed up all but one of the roosters to get fattened up and turned into meat for the table. We're looking forward to eggs sometime soon.

Sunday, June 12, 2011

Coreopsis in Bloom

Here come the Lanceleaf Coreopsis. When we first planted our prairie, this little guy was everywhere to be seen. Now we find it just here and there among all the other prairie plants, but it is one of the first to bloom every year.

In the beginning I was under the mistaken impression that the prairie plants would win the war against the common weeds. In reality, the prairie seems to need a lot of help from us. Right now I'm on a rampage against stinging nettles. Pulling them out by the roots (covered head to foot with protective clothing, of course) and clearing large patches so the baby prairie plants can get some sunlight has been my morning activity lately. One thing I like about doing this is the clear line between good and evil, the good guys and the bad guys. Very black and white. No confusion about who is the enemy. Next will be the reed canary grass.

Sunday, June 5, 2011

The Prairie Is Blooming

After a cold Spring, the prairie is starting to kick in. This is Baptisia or Blue False Indigo. Many more prairie flowers are on the way. Of course the weeds are also out in full force, too. I thought the prairie was supposed to win the war. Not, it seems, without a lot of help. Burdock, thistles, yellow mustard, wild parsnip, garlic mustard, to name a few. But what would we do with ourselves if we didn't have all those enemies to fight? Take up golf? I don't think so.

Sunday, May 29, 2011

Butkus is Back

Butkus, the bull is back is our pasture, along with his wives and his offspring. Those calves are really cute out there in that deep, green grass.

Sunday, May 15, 2011

The Game Room

Since Luke moved out of his shop a couple of months ago, we have an extra room in the Cooksville Farmhouse Inn. What to do with it? How about a game room. Our first addition was an electronic dart board that lights up with your score, tells you how many points you made and whose turn it is to throw the next dart. And when there is a winner it plays some fancy, happy music. What more could a person want?

We also ordered a shuffleboard table which is nearly as long as the room, but it hasn't been delivered yet. Our guests will have plenty to do on the rainy days.

Grandkids and Spring in the Country

Sunday, May 1, 2011


No progress yet on fixing things up so the chickens can be out. Rutabaga has the nerve to prowl around on top of the chicken house licking his chops. Not too subtle in his scheming. This week we hope to get some fencing up that will foil him and allow us to get the chickens out to the pasture for some free ranging.

Then there is the problem of the stench in the chicken house. It is really getting ripe in there. Time for a good cleaning. Won't that be a treat? The chickens don't seem to mind it so far, but it really stinks. Ah, the joys of farming.