Friday, July 24, 2009

sal likes silkie bantams

When I stopped at the feed store after work today I heard that wonderful sound of day-old chicks chirping in the back room. I bolted to the front desk to ask Penny if there was any extras for sale? (Usually the hatchery sends a few extras in case any get lost in the mail.) They only had two: a Rhode Island Red pullet and a Black Silkie Bantam.

Now, I have not been around Silkie chicks since Idaho and instantly those feelings of getting my first-ever laying hens flushed into me. It was like an injection of warm nostalgia. I missed Diana and Floating Leaf Farm, and felt like I was once again in her basement during a March snowstorm getting my first order of birds. And good lord, I forgot how small they were... I paid the nice people $3.60 for the little babe and took it home (along with the orphan Red). When I got out of the car I picked up the midget in my warm hand and carried the peep over to the sheep pen. Maude ignored me, but Sal came trotting over, sniffing my hands along the fenceline. I introduced the new bird to the King of Cold Antler. Sal smiled, or something like it.

I would love to host Antlerstock. Maybe a Saturday in October? I have plenty of camping space, a bonfire pit, and a working outhouse with electricity! If not a weekend thing, certainly a Saturday evening with music and fireside. Any takers?


Blogger Tara said...

October is conveniently my birthday month...

I'm pretty sure I've got plane fare lurking someplace. :)

July 24, 2009 at 3:05 PM  
Anonymous Sherry/Woodswoman said...

Great idea by Tara.

Be careful what you wish they say. ;)

Last year we thought we would have a "Meet the Mushers" event at our kennel/rustic farm in northern lower Michigan. We asked Iditarod/Quest Champion Lance Mackey to come down from Alaska. We even flew in his wife, Tonya.

Now, we host an annual event, right on our little 40-acre spread. Our next Event is in two weeks. We have music, horse-drawn wagon rides, food, t-shirts, the works. This year we are having 3 Iditarod mushers come speak. Dee Jonrowe/Ryan Redington/Jason Barron.

Lots of fun to get like-minded folks together. Go for it!

July 24, 2009 at 3:26 PM  
Anonymous Annie said...

Wah, I live in California. :( I wanna come.

July 24, 2009 at 3:47 PM  
Anonymous Dawn said...

If I didn't live in Iowa, I'd soooooooooo be at Antlerstock.

July 24, 2009 at 3:55 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

If there was a way to get there...I certainly would!

July 24, 2009 at 4:34 PM  
Blogger ammamcp said...

Sounds like a great idea, but I'm already booked for Oct. If you post a date for next Oct in the spring, I'm in! I have a friend in Burlington and I've never been to New England for fall.

July 24, 2009 at 5:01 PM  
Blogger Shannon said...

Sounds wonderful!

July 24, 2009 at 5:33 PM  
Blogger Jeremy said...

I'm down for Antlerstock. What's the drive from Middlebury?

If it's in October, my wife and I can bring pickles, they should have seasoned by then

July 24, 2009 at 6:13 PM  
OpenID chickadeeworkshop said...

I love Sal's Mona Lisa smile. Don't know which is cuter, Sal or the itty bitty...biddy :)

July 24, 2009 at 6:44 PM  
Blogger Sojourner Design said...

Sounds good to me. If I can come, I'll bring Bud. He'll organize your flock.


July 24, 2009 at 7:27 PM  
OpenID beentsy said...

I love this picture. Looking at a sheep's soft face just gives me such a sense of peace. :) Thanks!

July 24, 2009 at 7:28 PM  
Blogger Alicia said...

Sounds like fun. What weekend or Saturday night in October? Some music...sigh. Oh, maybe some storytelling? I know some good Native and Irish myths.

July 24, 2009 at 8:08 PM  
Blogger Wendy Rogers said...

Goats love chickens, too ;) Good luck with Antlerstock!

July 24, 2009 at 8:33 PM  
Blogger Chris said...

Gawd, I wish I could . . . but October is already Busy, and there is the small matter that I live many, many miles away. Harumph.

July 24, 2009 at 8:48 PM  
Blogger Rachel B. said...

Oooh...Antlerstock! I would just love to drive out there and see what has been talked about in the blog. I could go...I would just need a friend. Although I might not come back, it sounds too lovely there to leave.

July 24, 2009 at 9:10 PM  
Blogger Michele said...

I've never seen New England in the fall. Wait a minute... I've never even seen it in the spring, summer, or winter either! I'd love to see Cold Antler, but this year it is too many miles away and not enough "green" to get there.
If this should be an annual thing, I will try for the next one.
I will be there in spirit though!

July 25, 2009 at 1:06 AM  
Blogger Maggie in Tally said...

If I can find $$ enough, you betcha I'll be there. Set a date so's I can tell the boss when he'll be deprived of my company.

July 25, 2009 at 7:04 AM  
OpenID halliessparklingplanet said...

*sob!* I wanna come to Antlerstock! *poutypoutpout*

I am far too far away to just do a Saturday evening thing, sadly. I'm always up for camping (and my sweetie has fond memories of growing up in Vermont), but I don't think I could come on such short notice. (Three months is short notice on very low income, yes.)
Maybe video podcast, for those of us who can't come? ;D

July 25, 2009 at 10:19 AM  
Blogger Karen said...

Love your blog!! Thankful you post so often. Read your book and have recommended to many friends. Thanks for the upbeat posts, you're a breath of fresh air. Too bad I live in Oregon...we homeschool, and a visit to your farm would be a perfect outing!

July 25, 2009 at 11:47 AM  
Blogger Dirt Worshipper said...

If I didn't live over a thousand miles away and have to be in Oklahoma in October. If only you still lived in Idaho :) Thanks for writing your blog. I check it every few days and love the feeling of living vicariously through you. Just finished your book - fabulous!

July 25, 2009 at 11:56 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'd mortgage the "farm" to come. Heck, my husband and I would probably pay you - hey there's a way to earn money for the farm.

July 28, 2009 at 9:16 AM  
Anonymous Lisa said...

If only I didn't live 3,000 miles away.....:(

July 28, 2009 at 2:52 PM  
Anonymous Lisa said...

If only I didn't live 3,000 miles away....:(

July 28, 2009 at 2:59 PM  
Anonymous Laura said...

Antlerstock sounds like a wonderful idea! I would love to come and see Cold Antler with my own eyes :) Keep us posted!

July 30, 2009 at 11:28 PM  

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