Tea Time in the Garden with Talley

Theme—Beauty; Challenge—Show your idea of beauty

My mother loved her fancy dishes. Somehow, they all ended up with me and are stored away in boxes in the basement. We have a little hutch in the kitchen and lucky for me, we had two fancy cups and saucers just waiting for Tea Time in the Garden with Talley.

I know, I know, you aren’t supposed to have favorites, but I really like this girl. When we sit down anywhere in the chicken garden, she’s the first to jump up in our laps to see if just maybe we have a nibble or two for her to enjoy. As a little chick, she was always the one to nestle down in our laps and seemed to enjoy being pet. She is our lap chick.

She’s an Easter Egger. She has the most gorgeous muff and beard that frame her face and she’s sending the most beautiful blue eggs our way. Truth be told, if we add more chicks to our flock, we’ll get Easter Eggers. Talley’s personality is amazing.

She was a little nervous because we removed her from the comfort of the chicken garden. When we were done, she gently hopped off of the table and followed Karen and the shaking sound of cracked corn back to the chicken garden.

Breaking records   

Theme—Breaking, Challenge—Use something shattered

I started walking again a few months back. I get this daily prompt from my Apple Watch and when I hit my goal, it tells me I have a new streak going.

Zip is my constant companion, my sidekick, my walking buddy.

I would hesitate to guess how many miles we’ve logged on his fluffy paws.

The Chicken Show  

Theme—Spellbound, Challenge—Use warm light

When we decided to get chickens, we knew that they would be pets with benefits. What we didn’t know was how much entertainment they would provide. We can spend a whole lot of quality time just watching the chickens. They have cast a spell on us.

Day’s end in the garden.

I love the evenings especially in the summer. The sun sets over the cedar trees to the northwest.

Day 3 theme Endings, challenge—Use a door.

End of the day, in the garden, moving into the barn. Doesn’t get much better than that.

It was quite a sad day for us today. The neighbors have an ancient cherry tree right next to our fence. Last night a huge branch cracked off damaging the fence and taking out one of our smaller cherry trees. The fence can be mended, the birds actually planted the additional cherry trees. But I will miss that tree so much. She provided us with lots of privacy, her shade was amazing during the hot summer days and her cherries were the best of the best.

The quote stayed with me all day as I mourned the ancient cherry tree. Maybe a pair of peach trees on our side of the fence will be our new beginning.

Flower child

Day two The theme–emotion; the challenge–don’t show any faces.

I thought about all of the emotions I could portray but the strongest one at the moment is joy and strength. We’ve been gardening fools since end of March. Our spring was cold and wet, but every chance we had we were out there scratching in the dirt. Even after the hardest days, a little dirt therapy did wonders for lifting my worst moods.

I recently came across an article that talked about a strain of bacterium in soil, Mycobacterium vaccae, has been found to trigger the release of seratonin, which in turn elevates mood and decreases anxiety.

Now that the warmth of summer is in full force, our gardens are beautiful and healthy and incredibly productive. Nearly everything started as a seed in a pot of dirt in the greenhouse. I must confess however, we did by more flowers than we probably should have, but I spent several months wishing for more and more color. Now we have an abundance of color and we spend hours outside enjoying every minute.