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August 7, 2004

The Chicken Hawk

As we were doing our projects outside today we kept hearing this bird that somehow stuck out in our minds, Brian & mine, that is. It was knawing each of us because after looking back on it, we both would periodically look up to see the bird which was making all the noise. Eventually as it got louder and louder we peered into the pretty blue sky and saw a light colored chicken hawk circling, though he was riding the winds upward. He was still making his presence known. We walked down to what we call the "barnyard", which is the fenced in area that contains the chickens, turkeys, and goats, along with the coop that all the animals like to get into and sleep. There the chickens were nestled closely under the coop, the goats, turkeys and chickens were motionless. There was an eerie silence amongst them as if to echo the sentiment in Nemo as the pelican whispers to Nemo's dad and Dory "don?t move a muscle". So evidently they knew the call of the hawk. And they were all looking out for each other by not drawing undue attention toward our barnyard flock.
Yesterday we gave Bam Bam and Petals a bath. Bam Bam being the needy one in that regard! It was really funny since we only had some shampoo that was frangranced with "white lilly". After bam bam had recieved his bathing and rinsing and let go to join his companion, she took one sniff and balked at him and ran off. I guess she was letting him know she thought he smelled awful. It was funny!

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August 13, 2004

A Note About Persimmons

Well since I took an excursion outdoors to get my mind off the bad weather heading for Florida, and since the weather was so begging me to go outside, I took a little walk to my crabapples to see if they had ripened, they hadn't though they are turning a greenish yellow color. I causually took a gander to see if I could find the wild persimmons we had found last year and imagine my surprise when I did! I can now identify the tree by its leaves, since they look simliar to our hickory leaves. The leaves are smaller than hickory leaves, but they have simliar browish spots on them, and look slightly crinkled around the edges. Most of the fruit is still green but a few that get more sunlight are turning a pinkish red color. The picture to the right is of the the wild persimmons that are beginning to ripen. Then I went and looked at our ripening japanese persimmons which are much larger than thier wild counterparts. They should turn a dark orange color when they ripen if I am not mistaken. The image at the left is of the ripening japanese persimmons.

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August 17, 2004

Wild Huckleberry and Vanilla Muffins

2 eggs
1 cup sugar
2 cups flour
1/2 teaspoon baking soda - or 1 tablespoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt - omit salt if using baking powder
1 cup milk
1/4 cup butter, melted
1/2 tablespoon vanilla
1/2 - 1 cup small wild huckleberries

Preheat over to 400.
Blend eggs, then add sugar mixing well. Add baking soda & salt, or baking powder, to flour. Add flour mixture alternatly with milk into the sugar mixture. Stir well. Then add vanilla and melted butter. Stir in huckleberries. Greast muffin tin and put in preheated oven for 3 minutes. Then fill muffin tin to just below full. Place in oven for 20 minutes or until lightly browned.
Making 1 dozen muffins.
Recipe can be doubled.

This recipe can omit the huckleberries and be used as a base for other types of muffins, the base is good by itself too.
The wild huckleberries remind of the box of jiffy mix blueberry muffin mix.
I think this is the perfect use of the wild huckleberries. They make really good muffins! You can get SO many off our huckleberry bush when its the season. They really do have a lot of flavor.

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August 30, 2004

There is some agression in there

The turkeys have every since we put them with the chickens, seemed so docile. They would allow salt, one of the female hens, to run them around for fear of a pecking. But the other day we were able to add the four chicks that we hatched that are now getting quite big to the pen. This time the turkeys went after the chicks! We were very surprised since up to this point they had never showed even an inkling of agression toward the other animals. But they have already accepted the 4 chicks but love to chase them around every once in awhile, strutting thier stuff!
Here is a current picture of our male turkey. We started out with 5 turkey chicks, but we lost 3 during a particular wet period where they contracted colds and died. Thankfully we were left with one female and one male. They have gotten so big!

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