Wednesday, November 17, 2010

gardens, flowers, chickens, and clouds

Hi there!

No update or stories to tell. Someone asked about my garden and I thought I'd send along some photos.  I chased of a  goat today, so it's only a matter of time before they get it all.  Munch, munch, munch.

But I'm enjoying new green beans and baby beets and delicious gleanings of beet greens, Swiss chard, and African spinach (amaranth).  My first zinnia of the season is almost open and it's a lovely, vibrant fuscia.

I'm gaining a bit of attention from passer-byers, as the garden produces, which is what I'd hoped.  I can't share my gardening methods if no one is interested.  People are generally plenty happy to see a producing garden, but it's hard to hook them in the initial stages (read: when it's time to DIG).

Here's a shot of mama and baby chick. She's down to six live chicks now, the other 12 having fed the resident mongooses.  (Mongeese?).  She seems to do just fine defending the six chicks now though.

And here's a shot of one of my recent sunsets.  The one consistent happiness for me in summer South Africa: an amazing and dramatic African sky!



  1. OK Karen, you've got me worried because I can't see the mama and baby chick. Are they there? Am I blind? B

  2. I'm glad you got this beautiful picture, considering what happened overnight. Thanks for caring so much. I like to think the blood is from Mama getting a piece of whatever stole it's way into her brood. Take care of yourself.