Back to Normal

Or as “normal” as can be these days!

Anyhow, thankfully, the case of the running noses and sore throats didn’t hang around long. No need for Nyquil or whatever over the counter drugstore cold medication in this home. Thanks to homemade echinacea tincture and Swedish bitters not to mention homemade wild cherry bark and elderberry syrup combined with fresh squeezed lemons (from our neighbor’s tree) and whiskey, we had some powerful (and yummy) “medicine” that minimized the worse of our cold-like symptoms to about a day or two.

Marking the eggs for turning, all cozy in incubation

Operation ‘Spring Chicken’

The d’uccle eggs – black mottled, blue mottled and mille fleur  (porcelains and more blue mottled are coming later) are in incubation. The bantam black cochin eggs are expect to arrive sometime today.   Wanting to avoid going against the old saying of “counting your chickens before they hatch” but if all goes well in 21 days we look forward to the first day of Spring in eager anticipation. Stay tuned for a hopefully successful “candling” update.

Hot? Cold?

The weather continues on its see-saw pattern.   After experiencing a warm storm early in the week, the temperatures have dipped into the low 30’s & upper 20’s the past two nights. This cold spell is short lived however. Temperatures this weekend are supposed to be in the 80’s in the valleys.   In our 15 years of gardning, we’ve never experienced anything like this. In the last 5 years this highly unusual see-saw weather pattern is beginning to look like the norm–more than likely the effects of global warming. It’s like mother nature is having a hard time making up her mind going from one extreme to the other in a matter of days. The implications of global warming are having an effect right in our own backyard….Every day we are witness to climate change and what it will mean for plants, animals and people. Have to say the outlook doesn’t look too promising and that’s truly frightening.


  1. Amy says:

    Yes, the weather has been strange…I’m dreading the next week: no rain in the forecast, and temps up to 90F. To some in the East, that may sound like paradise, but to us here in Southern California, that’s ominous – I’m really dreading summer. My new native plants need water desperately this first year, and I was really hoping not to have to start watering so soon. 🙁 Time to do the rain dance and pray for rain, but it’s not looking good.

    Global warming and cutting down so many trees are setting us up for a miserable summer, I fear.