Oh, Bertie. You were the alpha hen, the leader of the flock, the lookout, protector, and caregiver. You sounded the alarm when hawks flew overhead and made sure the other hens took cover; tirelessly chased birds and squirrels out of the coop; and most touching of all, you stayed by Ginger’s side when she was ill. That was Bertie, below; she’s the one standing up so proudly on the ledge.
It must sound silly to miss a chicken, but we are not exactly running an egg farm here. These are pet birds, through and through, with the added perk of providing us with delicious, fresh eggs, of course — and now there is only one hen left in our backyard flock. And oh, is she lonely! Chickens are flock animals, and they don’t do well alone. Since Bertie died, Coco has been pacing the fence line and calling out for her missing sisters. At least it looks like Coco is resistant to the disease that took the others, but it remains to be seen where we can go from here…we will see.
Thanks for bearing with me as I deal with our little urban homesteading dramas…I promise I’ll be back later with a lovely interior that we can all drool over.
Hello my dears! I have summer getaways on my mind, especially of the outdoor variety, so I thought it would be nice to do a fresh twist on my old glamping kit post. The summer is such an easy time to go camping — with fair weather you don’t have to worry about packing tons of heavy clothes and gear. At the beginning of the season, I like to sort through our old gear and get everything aired out, then see what we need to add or replace. These finds are at the top of my wish list.
1. Plates | 2. Basket | 3. Marshmallow roaster | 4. Mug | 5. Nightie | 6. Sleeping bag | 7. Food cover | 8. Turkish towel | 9. Cocktail shaker | 10. Cutting board | 11. Tent
Enamelware plates are unbreakable, and so much more charming than the typical plastic picnic-ware. You know how I feel about French market baskets, so it shouldn’t be a surprise that I would bring one camping! I would use it to tote snacks, books, and games. I like to have my morning coffee in a real mug, and that yellow one from Toast looks perfectly chunky and handmade. A nice cutting board can double as a serving platter; that Turkish towel can be used as a tablecloth, beach towel, or even for drying dishes; and that airy paisley gown could be a nightie or beach coverup — I’m a huge fan of double (or triple) duty items while camping! The mason jar cocktail shaker and marshmallow roasting stick are pure fun.
Finally, tents and sleeping bags mustn’t always be completely utilitarian — for evidence, see the fab floral-lined sleeping bag and the limited edition Tord Boontje-designed tent above. Take that, boring drab green! Happy glamping, friends! xo Laura