We made it home after a long and wonderful vacation. We went to Florida and spent a few days with Daniel, Larissa and Dixie. We had a really good time with them. Dixie is so smart for a 3 1/2 year old. She can be pretty funny, too. Hopefully, I'll have some pictures to post after this weekend when I finish unpacking.
Then we went to Georgia to my family's reunion. Our theme this year was the Wild West. We dressed up like cowboys and Indians and played all kinds of games. It was a blast!
Last night we got together with April and Lily for my birthday. Lily is growing so fast, she has her first tooth and is starting to crawl.
When we got home Monday night we had 7 baby chicks that hatched while we were away. This is the first time we have ever had chicks hatched on our farm. One of the hens started setting so we left her to it. She seems to be doing a great job at mothering. I hope that they all make it. I really don't know what to do for chicks that have a mother. We have always ordered ours and had to keep them under lights so I am not sure what to expect. I guess we'll learn as we go, which is how we've learned everything so far.
Our garden isn't doing as well as last year. It's been really wet here and the weeds are loving it. The blackberries are coming on good. They are really big and some of them are starting to turn black.
I am going to try my hand at elderberry tonic this year. I understand that it's really good for colds. I have been fighting a really bad one this week and that makes me even more determined to make it. The berries are just beginning to set on the bushes. They should be ripe in just a few weeks.
We bought peaches and watermelons while we were in Georgia. I plan on putting up some of the peaches this weekend. I usually make jelly form the leftover peelings, but I still have so much left over from last year that I don't think I'll make jelly this year.
Have a great day!