The first wave of mulberries this season was essentially rained out but there are new buds forming already.  However, we did score 5 lbs of raspberries today!



peep love

It is a veritable nursery around here and we are loving it.  We have 8 ducklings (by the way, they are swimming already – 6 days old!), 4 chicklets and now a new peep.  Hello, precious! ♥♥♥062418

mamma and babies

“Captain” has been sitting diligently, quietly and tirelessly on 9 eggs.  Today we have ducklings.  Happy birth day babies!  I count 7 so far, wanting not to disturb her too much.  Daddy “Peter” is outside the duck house pacing like an expectant dad.

Duckling love.


DIY insect repellent


Chop rosemary, catnip, mint (I used spearmint), lavender, lemon balm and a few whole cloves.  Put herbs into a pot and cover them with water.  Add enough water so all the herb material is covered and then about an inch more.  Bring to a boil and then let simmer for 20 minutes.  Let cool and strain.  The herb particulates can be composted.

Add to the room temperature herbal infusion:  1 tbsp vodka and 1/2 cup witch hazel.  Pour mixture into container (mason jar).  Shake well and refrigerate.

I put some into a small spray bottle where it is readily available to those who want to use it.