What do you blog about when you don’t have chickens? 

Last summer after a whirlwind of Mototcycle activity we packed up and moved to Germany. The dogs came with us the chickens went to a new home and the horse is living with family. We have done some traveling but now we are getting serious about it. 

I don’t think that the world really needs another travel blog there are lots and they are better than I would be but, I need to keep my page going until I have chickens again so maybe I will add a couple posts here and there. 

Today finds us in Antibes on the French Rivera. We are expecting rain but warm weather. The people watching could be a full time profession. Between the nut jobs on the scooters and the trying so hard not to look like they care but you know they care mixed in with locals it is a bright fashionable feast for the eyes. 

The sunrise over the med is perfect. 

  

Fox hunting? sure I can do that.

Next weekend after I have calmed myself and found an appropriate outfit I am going to take my horse and go fox hunting. We are going to start small by attending a clinic where we will hopefully learn how to be safe.
My trusty stead Diego is not afraid of dogs but he has never encountered a pack of baying hounds so this may be a problem we shall see.
He also has never gone out with a large herd of horses galloping across the fields and though the woods, we can overcome this too.
I don’t know anyone who is going to the event, not a problem I am friendly.
The pluses, we are willing, we had a great cross country schooling session this weekend, so we know we can still jump stuff. We look good.
The idea behind this new sport is that we, and by that I mean, I want something to do this fall and winter to keep us fit. I think that it could be fun and they don’t kill the fox, it is fox chasing. I know that seems mean. I like the fuzzy creatures, I would be devastated if the hounds got one. It is safe to say that would be the end of my fox hunting adventures.
So stay tuned and hopefully I will have some good news about a new sport.

The turning of the leaves.

We have had two days of cool weather which means fall is here. This shift will bring the one season we all work together. It is the best season for us, the dogs love this time of year, it is cool out and there is a lot to hunt and chase. For Jon andI there are sticks to pick up, the garden needs to be put to bed, a last trip around the yard with the weed trimmer. Later there will be leaves to rake and blow.
The chickens have started to molt two of them have no tail feathers left, they are a silly sight.

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With the weather so nice it is hard to stay inside where we have been hiding from the heat for several weeks. Now we bust out the door and all fly out to the lawn to run and play ball with the dogs.

This is our time of year and I wish it would last more than a few weeks.

Fall is upon us

Each day the sun comes up later, the dogs are quick to get outside and back in to the heated throw they enjoy each morning. The resident front yard frogs have gone off to their winter hiding spots and the toads from the back porch have not been seen. The only group here on the farm that hasn’t figured out that that fall is here are the chickens.

Each day I wake them up and free them to their yard for a day of chicken fun. They have further fun when Jon lets them all the way out later in the afternoon. They fly, yes fly down to the chicken spa for a quick but necessary dust bath. After that they rearrange the flowerbeds, removing all the mulch, weed under the trees and make sure that the bugs are  cleaned up off the front porch. They have a very busy schedule.

I often return from work after dark. Jon has put them back in their house but leaves the light on so that I can put them to bed and have a chicken chat. This while not a fun as summer when we get to hang out for hours after work I still get my fix and they get to tell me all about their busy day.

Welcome Fall I am glad you are here easing the change into winter.

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