Merrily skipping outside with my camera this morning, I had visions of writing about hope and rebirth (jumping right past St. Patrick’s Day to Easter), so I started snapping photos of chives and daffodils poking through the ground.
Then down to the hoop house I went (again) figuring I hadn’t yet inundated you with enough baby seedling pix.
Oh, and the first true leaves on the tomato seedlings under the lights—you’d have to see those.
But very quickly I got distracted. I went to check the nest boxes and found a lovely egg in a sunny bed of straw.
And then I remembered that every night while we’re washing and packing the eggs, I marvel at how striking they look in their almond and apricot and melony hues, so tidily arranged in their cartons. I wanted to show you our cool product.
And then I remembered that I keep meaning to photograph the jumbo and miniature eggs we get. The jumbo eggs, mostly double-yolkers, are so huge (sometimes more than 3 1/2 ounces) that it makes you wince thinking about those 4-pound hens laying them. We get three or four jumbos every day. The minis are more of an aberration. (The egg in the middle, below, is normal sized.)
Off I went to photograph eggs, and in the process, I added a chicken to one of the photos (see top of blog). We have a lot of chickens. Not just live chickens…
…But wooden chickens, china chickens, iron chickens, chickens on dishtowels and pot holders, chickens on plates and mugs. We are guilty of collecting them, and friends and family give us more. (Roy already had the one below when I met him. He and Libby bought the one above for me a couple years back.)
My friend Eliza gave us these great hen and rooster salt and pepper shakers.
My friend Heidi dropped by yesterday with a cool hen tote bag and some produce bags from her sister’s company, Ecobags.
My mom recently passed along this lovely Nicolas Mosse plate and the great Barred Rock look-a-like (at top).
Our friend Mary gave us this wonderful Bridgewater chicken mug.
Roy’s mom found us an old egg carton stamp in an antique store…
…and Roy picked up this old egg scale at a tag scale.
One chicken-y shelf in our mudroom includes Roy’s egg cup from childhood and a little wooden toy rooster from Portugal I had as a child.
In the end I decided to share our chicken collectibles with you in the blog today. But then I figured I shouldn’t ignore St. Patrick’s Day altogether, so I found the link to this fabulous cabbage and potato gratin I created and posted two years ago. Reading that post, I realized (yikes) that St. Patrick’s Day is Sixburnersue.com’s official anniversary. Apparently you folks have been putting up with me and my rambling blogs for three years now—wow!
I have to thank you for that. And for helping me get through a nasty winter. Whether it’s shamrocks or garlic chives, fresh eggs or baby lambs, there’s plenty about spring to jump start our spirits.