Thursday, April 28, 2011

Introducing... Laverne & Shirley!

Last Saturday we made the trek up to Lompoc to finally pick out our chickens and bring them home.
Dare 2 Dream Farms was such a cool find! (thanks to Josh who did all the research)

This is the kind of farm you would want to move to. It's tucked away in the hills of Lompoc and when you pull up there are random roosters, chickens & ducks just roaming around. You can't get any more free range than that!

The owners were a really young couple, obviously living out their dreams of running a farm. They were very educated and were able to help us pick out the perfect chickens that suited our needs.

Now I'm not going to lie... since there were hundreds of chickens, the smell was on the 'poopy' side. Probably because chickens poop as though it were going out of style! They really do, it's pretty funny! (and gross...)

So we loaded up our Rhode Island Red & Easter Egger into a cat carrier (yes, a cat carrier). They were so quiet on the ride home that I forgot we had them back there!
Sofia on the other hand was anything but quiet so we were fully aware she was in the car.... yup, there may have been a tantrum or FIVE on that ride home.

Nevertheless, the chickens are here - and adapting to their coop. By this weekend they'll be roaming the yard.

Laverne & Shirely

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Where have I been?

Wow, it's been two months since I've posted something! How and where did the time go??

So where have I been and what have I been doing??

Well, for starters, taking pictures!
Shooting stuff here and there...

like this little guy and his family

This one was a side project, shooting sports photography for Harvard-Westlake School Soccer. I had a great time doing it and have a lot of respect for people who actually do sports photography for a living!

And of course, a wedding!

And there's been a little reading here and there.....

Animal, Vegetable, Miracle by Barbara Kingsolver

Food Rules by Michael Pollan

and just recently In Defense of Food by Michael Pollan

Maybe one of these days I'll go into detail/rants of how wonderful these books and authors are.

What else have I been up to?
The husband built a chicken coop last week so we're hoping to get some chickens this weekend!! So exciting!! I can't wait to have eggs right from the backyard :)

We've prepped and started the annual veg garden..... So far there are just radishes and lettuce greens sprouting up through the ground. But we seperately have tomatoes, zucchini, eggplant, etc that need to do a little more sprouting before they get planted into the garden boxes.

I'm so excited that Spring is finally here and that everything is blossoming! It's nice to walk into the backyard and be hit in the face with the sweet smell of orange/lemon blossoms... And birds singing their little beaks off. It's too wonderful.