But first I wanted to share the link to a post by The Pioneer Girl Project about Laura Ingalls Wilder and her chickens. (The Pioneer Girl project has recently published Pioneer Girl: The Annotated Autobiography which is Laura Ingalls Wilder's unpublished autobiography. She later re-wrote her story (with the help of her daughter Rose) as what is known as the Little House books.)
Besides writing the Little House books, Laura wrote farming articles for The Ruralist and The Missouri Ruralist. She also was the poultry columnist for St. Louis Farmer. This post on The Pioneer Girl Project talks about some of her poultry articles. I was interested to see that Laura's favorite breed of chickens was the Brown Leghorn. We have two Leghorns. This one is Peach - she has a very floppy comb on her head:
|Peach - a Leghorn - easy to tell by the shape of the tail feathers|
Annie's Promise by Sonia Levitin - This was the last book in the above mentioned series. Definitely our least favorite! It was about the youngest sister's stay at a summer camp, while WWII continues. I guess I have read way too many camp stories when I was little and they're all the same. Always the bad character that has it in for the main character and they spend time continuing to get each other back for bad things done to each other. I just don't care. But I did want to see what happened to the rest of the family so I pushed through to the end.
|Solomon sitting in the rocking chair I had as a child and reading one of my old books: The Little Engine that Could|
|Mother hens are simply THE BEST mothers! Here is Precious with 3 of Tabby's Silkie biddies|
It Began with a Parachute by William R. Rang - Another book for history that Tabby and I both read. It is about a 12 year old boy in Holland, during the Nazi occupation. One night he rescues an American navigator and hides him in his home. That is when he finds out that his father is already involved in the Resistance! A good book featuring a family that actually works together and respects each other (seems so rare these days). Lots of adventure and character building moments.
|Padme (another excellent mama hen!) with Leah - both are Silkies and belong to Tabby|
|An Easter lily is growing on the left, 2 red Gladiolas growing on the right|
(I would be very interested to read this kind of book about other countries too. If you know of any - please share the titles with me!)
|The boys and I made gingerbread cookies on Memorial Day. Solomon made gingerbread men and tractor shaped cookies.|
|Hunter (no surprise) made heating unit shaped cookies: a gaspack and a ductless heat pump|