Why Did The Chicken Fly the Coop? To Get to the Peas & Carrots, Of Course

June 22, 2012

I’ve been running inside a lot this week to grab my camera. It’s been one photo moment after another on the farm. On Sunday, we let the babies out of their coop into a temporary outdoor pen—their first foray onto grassy turf. This was hysterical to watch. It took quite a few minutes for the first chicken to advance out onto the plank. Three or four followed, and then the first one changed her mind and turned around and headed back inside. It went on like this for a while—a few would venture out and then turn around. You could just imagine the conversations going on.  (Personally, I had the Cockney voices of the talking vultures in Disney’s animated version of The Jungle Book in my head.) “You go. No you go. No way—YOU go. Nuh-huh, I’m staying here.”

Libby waited patiently in the pen for them to come out, approach her, and eventually start hopping on her lap. She is very calm around animals and they trust her. I couldn’t get enough pictures of the interaction between them all.

In the garden we are harvesting the most amazing peas and carrots, so I’m taking lots of pictures of these, too—while they last. I am so happy that I’ve finally figured out how to grow both of these veggies well. I just hope I can repeat the same success next year. (Or even this year with another round of carrots—which should have gone in the ground weeks ago!).

This morning I had fresh peas and carrots and strawberries for breakfast while I washed all the veggies. I smiled, thinking about peas and carrots, because they mean something special to Roy and me, and today is our anniversary. (The anniversary of our first date, that is, three years ago.) For some reason, when we were first dating, the movie Forrest Gump kept coming on TV. If you remember, Forrest says early on in the movie, “From that day on we was always together. Jenny and me was like peas and carrots.” Roy picked this up (in Forrest’s voice, of course) and started saying it to me a lot. Who knew what we’d be doing three years later! Peas + Carrots + 60 babies (baby chickens) + one amazing little girl=love.

(And not to forget Farmer, who enjoyed Libby’s cart ride with one of the chickens.)

5 thoughts on “Why Did The Chicken Fly the Coop? To Get to the Peas & Carrots, Of Course

  1. Don McKillop

    Love this Susie! Great story about the chicks as well as pics!

    And Happy Anniversary! I’ll have some peas and carrots tonight to toast you and Roy!

  2. Susie Middleton Post author

    Thanks Don, and nice to see you this morning. Thanks for coming all the way out here, and I hope you enjoy your goodies. And congratulations again on your “best of” award!

  3. Ginger Lang

    Susie, just discovered your blog a few weeks ago and enjoy your postings. Made your roasted beets with fresh, beautiful beets from our farmers’ market here in the mountains of western North Carolina. Fabulous flavors. Thanks! Have now purchased both your cookbooks and am embracing an abundance of fresh veggies with new enthusiasm Thanks for sharing your life and creativity.

  4. Susie Middleton Post author

    Hi Ginger — I love that area of the country–went to school and camp in NC! Thanks and enjoy a summer of delicious veggies!

  5. Scott

    Just love the story Susie !! Happy anniversary to the two of ! And you are like peas and carrots

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