There are a lot of farm animals on the farm but even more come in from the wilds to make their home here, find food, or just pass through. While the larger ones usually make people nervous, the small ones are very welcome neighbors (the big ones are too, I just watch them more cautiously).
The farm laborers (my parents) have arrived again and while my Mom has been busy tackling the weeds that have taken over my field plot (she's taken 5 trash bags of lamb's quarters out so far and moving on to the others before they set seed), my Dad has started on insulating my trailer so I can bring plenty of veggies and flowers to market and keep them cool while there.
I've been harvesting, planting, managing the chickens, and trying to keep up with the tomatoes as they reach for the sky in the greenhouse. The heat of summer finally feels like it's here and most outside work is done by early afternoon, beginning again after dinner as the day cools down again. This eats into the amount of work I can get done each day but it is a welcome forced break as it is easy for farmers to burn out as summer burns on.
It's busy season for the hummingbirds as the young are fledging and everyone is hungry, hungry, hungry. I often spend a few minutes each evening standing near the feeders getting them to perch on my finger as they eat their dinner (its hard to feel tired or grumpy as you can feel all the breeze from their wings, their tiny feet, and watch their exuberance). It is chaos as they all flit around to each one, chase others off, or startle each other. I have 5 feeders and all will be full of little hummers each night. Trying to walk near them feels like a war zone and I often flinch thinking they are going to collide with me but it hasn't happened yet.
What's available this weekend?