Oh my how a year can come and go and changes can take place so quickly and yet so slowly that you hardly realize that they have happened.
I’m having a birthday this week, which got me to thinking about this time last year and what has taken place here at the cottage and in our lives.
This time last year, we were given our first two hens by a friend. The next day was my birthday and those girls laid our first eggs. I absolutely thought that was the best present ever, and I still feel that way.
I quickly dreamed of adding more chickens, and a few roosters, which we did.
Admittedly it would be a bit more peaceful if the roosters were not around, but I’d really miss their cock-a-doodle-doodling – for the most part.
I then had visions of opening a road-side stand and selling eggs. Call me crazy.
However, I did it and it was small-scale, successful, thanks to amazing folks in this community that supported us.
One of my wishes for this year is to expand the road-side stand. In addition, to selling brown eggs I want to include rainbow-colored eggs,
I also plan to sell fresh flowers . Old fashioned heirloom flowers in simple little arrangements. I know it is another crazy idea. But maybe, just maybe, the community will support this idea of buying fresh local flowers and purchase from us.
I’ve placed an order for sweet little chicks, they will arrive in March. I’ve ordered 3 different varieties. Buff Orpington, which will lay brown eggs. Easter eggers not necessarily a breed, but a variety of different chickens that lay green, blue and pink-tinted eggs. Lastly, I ordered Cream Legbars, which lay blue and green eggs.
I’m now working on my seed order, planning to complete that today. I’m trying to keep heirloom varieties on the top of the list.
I plan to expand the sunflower and wildflower areas.
I’ll admit, I’m a haphazard flower growing girl.
There is a line in one of my favorite movies, Holiday Inn, where Fred Astaire’s manager, goes into a floral shop and orders flowers – he says to the clerk – “two dozen orchids – loose like they don’t care.”
That’s the way I like to grow my flowers, loose like they don’t care.
For small-scale flower farming inspiration, I read Deborah Jeans Dandelion House blog.
I was inspired by Farm Fresh Flowers a road-side flower stand, pictured below. Someday I hope to have something just as cute.
Erin at Floret Flowers says she runs a small-scale flower farm, but it seems bigger than life to me. Her web-site is not only informative but pure eye candy.
I’m so grateful that I have been fortunate to chase small dreams and achieve little victories. As I sat down to write this blog, sweet potato farmer came-a-calling, he got a two dozen egg refill while he was here. It is so rewarding to share with our local farm friends.
I look forward to spring and reopening the stand, I hope that if you are local you will stop by and say hello.
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