Friday, July 31, 2009


Ali from Henbogle left a comment on the blog I wrote in regards to letting my girl's out for the first time. It seems her little" ladies" decided to pack their purses and head to the local post office. That got me to thinking, goodness, I hope Gladys doesn't get any ideas, like maybe "the grass being greener on the other side." Gladys, oh Gladys I have blueberries! Your favorite. (A little bribery can go a long way.)

Thursday, July 30, 2009


I am not a fan of physicians, okay I said it. God knows I have seen my fair share and I am truly grateful for their care and knowledge, but it's something about their bedside manner that just doesn't sit well with me. That being said, I had a followup appointment with my Primary Care doctor yesterday. She jumped right into the subject of the big "M" as in "menopause" and being an "empty nester." I guess she feels the two go hand in hand. Oh, I say I'm not an empty nester, I have ten "chooks" residing with me. Chooks, what are chooks she asks. Hen's I say. What do you do with all the eggs? Oh, no eggs as of yet, my girl's are still to young. Isn't having a rooster rather noisy, no rooster I say, just girls. No rooster, how do you get eggs? Did I just hear that correctly. Well lookie here, I am going to teach the good doctor something today. I explained no rooster was involved in egg production however, if you desired chicks the process of rooster fertilization,with the end result being a chick. The look on her face, priceless! The look on mine, pure satisfaction! I informed her on my next visit I would bring her a dozen eggs. I'm no fool, I do need to remain in good standing with my doctor. I can't wait to see the look on her face when she opens the carton and sees the range of egg colors. I just hope Pip and Pearl come through for me!

Wednesday, July 29, 2009


The girl's called a "pow wow" last night. Gladys led the discussion and presented their grievance. Hum, I thought what could this be about? Living conditions? menu? nope. No complaints on the "home front." The girls really appreciate the new additions to their menu; fresh organic lettuce, tomatoes and blueberries. No complaints about the housing conditions, I was informed how much they enjoy "fluffing" in the fresh pine chips. However, it appears after their accidental act of freedom last weekend they would really appreciate a little more time on the" loose." So, this afternoon I opened the coop door and watched the girls march one by one to outer freedom. They looked, listened, grazed and then the wind blew. It was all over, they all marched back to the safety of their coop. I think I heard a sign of relief, oh right, that was me!

Sunday, July 26, 2009


Hon, will you let the girls out? Those were the first words of the morning to my husband, it was around 7:00 AM and he was off to purchase his morning newspaper. My feet touched the floor about 7:45AM came downstairs had my orange juice and looked out the window expecting to see the girl's- no girls. I thought it strange, but it had rained the previous day and night, I figured they were not wanting to get their feet wet. 8:30 AM still no appearance from the girl's, I say to my husband, somethings not right. Out the door I go, as I get closer to the coop I realize the pen door is open. Okay, maybe they are still on their roost, please still be on the roost. No such luck. Honey, the girl's are gone, gone as in flown the coop. The first thought that entered my mind was, okay Winslow has been in the yard since coming home with DH, we heard no barking. Winslow barks at everything. Good sign. No feathers in his mouth, no feathers in the yard. Another good sign. Then I thought about the very large fox that trotted up our driveway the day before. Bad sign. Could one or some of my girl's been this morning's breakfast. I scan the yard, look up in the tree's, and then call out "Gladys", "girls", "Gladys". To my amazement here they come. One by one they trot out from the woods behind their coop. Oh happy day, all ten with feathers intact. In the pen they go, pen door closes, I double check feathers and toes, we both breathe a sign of relief. That was enough stress for one day. And I thought we were empty nesters!

Saturday, July 25, 2009


Today was a picture perfect day here in Maine. My husband and I took advantage of the weather and drove up the coast to a small town called New Harbor. It is home to Shaw's wharf where they serve local seafood. My DH had to have his clam fix and has always been pleased with the food here. I was quite happy with my Strawberry Poppy seed Salad from Panera Breads. Shaw's wharf is also the location where scene's from the movie Message In A Bottle, starring Kevin Costner and Robyn Wright Penn were filmed. The sun was shining, the fragrance of salt water in the air, scenery breath taking, all I can say, Maine The Way Life Should Be!

Thursday, July 23, 2009


Rain is predicted for this evening and into tomorrow. It sounds like a broken record around here. So, upon hearing this I decided it was time to pull out a rainy day project. I usually rug hook in the fall and winter season but, with the weather being so dreary and cool, it just feels right to start hooking again. This is a rug design by Sharon Perry, I have changed things up a bit and put my primitive interpretation on it. I'm calling it my Winslow Homer rug; that is Winslow, taking time to smell the flowers. If the weather continues on this way here in Maine, I should have this rug finished in no time. Then what.

Wednesday, July 22, 2009


Can you guess what these flowers have in common?
Did you guess- that's right, their bug free! Oh happy day!
And this is the naughty boy who has been digging in the bug free flower bed!

Tuesday, July 21, 2009


One of the things my husband and I enjoy is driving along the back roads of Maine. We are famous for taking dirt road detours and sometimes never know where we might end up. Last weekend we were driving through the town of Edgecomb; enjoying the countryside scenery when off into a field I spied a telephone booth. Not just any telephone booth- an English telephone booth. I had my husband turn the car around so I could take a photo, Jenny Wren who resides in England needed to see this. The booth was empty of it's contents, standing lop sided, but remained British proud. We have no idea how it came to be, but it was a delightful discovery. It just goes to show; always take the back roads when you have the opportunity, you never know what you might discover!

Monday, July 20, 2009


Okay, no more plucking and dropping into soapy water, this is all out war! I've pulled out the big guns!

Saturday, July 18, 2009


The sun came out this afternoon and I put the finishing touches on the front of the coop; a yellow tin star and a basketful of Daisies. I had to give it a little"chick" effect. The girls huddled together and all were in agreement they liked the "girly "touch.

Lots of sunbathing and dust baths going on this afternoon, the temperature reached 80 plus degrees. It finally feels like summer has arrived in Maine.

My DH (Demon Husband) only kidding, put together the girl's nesting boxes. We are prepared if nothing else. There is not an exterior access door to the boxes. This morning as I was reading a favorite blog, one of this blogs hen's was killed by a raccoon. Those critter's are very crafty ( as we have experienced) the raccoon unlocked the box, killed and decapitated the hen. I am not taking any chances. I want to be able to count all ten heads in the morning!

I never realized that "Hens and Chickens" had the ability to flower like this. These came from my parent's home on the island. I transplanted them about ten years ago and this is the first time I have noticed blossoms. Who knew.

The Cone flowers are beginning to open; these are called Tiki Torch. I love the vibrant color, it adds a nice pop to the flower garden.

The Blue Lace Cap Hydrangea is also making an appearance. Hydrangea's, especially the color blue, are one of my all time favorites. And finally the blueberries are starting to ripen. There won't be enough to make jam this year as the shrubs are only a year old, however, maybe a pie. Life is good!

Friday, July 17, 2009


The morning began with fog and mist; but by noon, The Irish Eyes were smiling,
The Lily's were saluting the sun,
And Winslow Homer was just plain hot! But hey, he's not complaining!

Thursday, July 16, 2009


I made a deal with the devil this morning, I mean the notorious Japanese Beetle. The beetles have my permission to devour any or all of my Rugosa Roses as long as they remain far away from the rest of my flowers. It remains to be seen if they hold up their end of the bargain, I am holding up mine.

Wednesday, July 15, 2009


Another day of beautiful sunshine, the bird's are singing, the flower's growing.The bee's are buzzing, fragrance is in the air.

A happy dog guarding his flock.

" Chooks" foraging,

and stretching one's legs.

With a little sunshine progress was made on the coop.

Today was a day when everyone was happy.

Tuesday, July 14, 2009


Remember my sweet little "chook" Pip, she has, I mean had, such a sweet little face. She has blossomed, yes, a face only a mother can love!


Monday, July 13, 2009

Daisy Day's

It's a Daisy kind of day. The sky is blue, highs 82!

Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Mad As A Wet Hen

Due to the rainy weather we are experiencing here in Maine our Internet service has become very temperamental; meaning it's the luck of the draw if we are able to get on line or not! Oh, by the way, if you are coming to Maine for vacation, these are the only two items you need to pack, the rest you can purchase here!

Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Dreary Day's

Fog and drizzle linger throughout the day here at Dog Trot Farm.The girls are moving up in the world! To my surprise this was the scene I encountered when securing them for the night.