Check out these felted sunflowers over on JLW's Flickr stream. Great job! From my Felted Zinnias and Sunflowers Pattern available on Ravelry or on the left sidebar.
Here's a fun sunflower project being plugged and organized by the Museum of Science and Industry in Manchester, England. They are sponsoring a giant sunflower seed counting project to complete the research of scientist Alan Turing. From the website:
"Alan Turing, perhaps best known for helping crack the Enigma Code during WW2, was fascinated by how maths works in nature. Turing noticed that the Fibonacci sequence often occurred in sunflower seed heads. He hoped that by studying the plant it might help us understand how plants grow, but died before he could finish his work. Our tribute to Turing is a mass experiment to grow 3,000 sunflowers. If enough people grow, we can collect sufficient data to put Turing’s and other scientists’ theories to the test. What better way to mark the mathematician’s centenary than to complete his final research project?"
We all know about "yarn-bombing" - now it is "sunflower-bombing" but they are calling it "International Sunflower Guerilla Gardening Day." Not too late to join. Check out the Facebook page too.
Kate has had her womanly parts removed. No puppies for her or us. The vet's office accessorized her collar with this crazy cone because she was trying to pull out her stitches. Once a Border Collie gets a job, they don't stop until it is done. She'll be wearing it for a week or so. Hasn't she grown?
New arrivals in bird form - a dozen Aracauna chicks for replacement hens. These little girls will lay the blue and olive eggs. I've had these in the past and they are incredibly productive once they start laying.
I have a hard time throwing things out and deleting things from my life - especially in the chicken department. My chicken pen was clearly overstocked with old hens who weren't laying eggs anymore. I stupidly fed them all winter while my grain bills mounted up and no eggs were laid. About a month ago, I found a Moldovan family who wanted my old hens. Over two different evenings, they arrived with a wire cage to help me whittle down the hen population. Best thing I ever did - well almost. I will repeat the process next year. And the family enjoyed lots of chicken stew.
Last year, I got smart and ordered only one color and breed of chick - Buff Orpingtons. They are a lovely shade of gold and docile good egg layers who tolerate cold. These girls have been producing like crazy ever since the old hens left. Still have a couple of roosters too and my favorite guinea hens. Now I will know how old each hen is and be able to keep only productive hens.
Are you a chicken keeper? What do you do with your older hens? Cull them, stew them, or let them live out their lives. Every backyard farmer has a different take on keeping chickens. Would love to hear.
Have a great Memorial Day weekend.