Spring is about new things and new growth. It's also the time of year when in nature, babies of all kinds are born. It's amazing how nature has timed most species to become fertile just at the right time of year. It's just so darn practical because all the babies have a better chance of survival when it is warm.
I always order new chicks in the spring since I'm never sure my hens will hatch their own. This year, instead of ordering 25 which is the minimum order from Murray McMurray, I ordered them from the local grain store. Their minimum is six which is more sensible for me this year. Julia and I went to pick them up late last week. We got seven Aracauna chicks which will lay those beautiful green and blue eggs.
Over the next two weeks we are getting four more chicks. The girls at the grain store have told me that the demand for chicks this year was overwhelming and that the hatcheries are having a difficult time filling orders - hence our chicks arriving on different days. Interesting, isn't it? With all the uncertainty in the world and the high cost of transportation, maybe people are starting to think more about self-sufficiency. I think that's a good thing for the modern world in general - to think more about their food, where it comes from and how it gets on your plate. This is definitely one of the growing trends in the USA today and one to watch out for.
BOOK PARTY - MAY 5-6
to celebrate the publication of my new book
CRAFTING A PATTERNED HOME.
Our colorful 1751 farmhouse will be open to the public. On view will be many of the projects that are featured in Crafting A Pattern Home along with many other things I have made over the years.
This event will be a celebration of the handmade. I hope the day will inspire you to add some pattern and color to your home.
The event is FREE. Books will be available along with some other things I have made. For more information and directions, see the EVENTBRITE PAGE HERE. Although tickets are not mandatory, it will help me get a count to know what to expect. Hope to see you here in western Massachusetts in May.