No eggs Now? Why? This autumn finds us desperate for fresh eggs. Our mature hens have slowed way down in egg production (due to fall and molting season) and our pullets haven’t started laying yet. That leaves us with one fresh egg every 2-3 days for seven chickens. I refuse to buy eggs from the […]
The birds are teaching me things. A huge wave of migrating birds passed through the yard yesterday. Warblers, towhees, and white crowned sparrows, in addition to the regular bushtits, house sparrows, hummingbirds, and black phoebes made for a huge bird day. Why all the activity? Why yesterday?
Solar power? It doesn’t always have to come from panels on the roof. My favorite way of harvesting solar power is with my backyard laundry line. Today I line dried my 94th load of laundry for 2012. According to Wikipedia, that means I have avoided putting 413.6 lbs of CO2 into the atmosphere, which equates […]
This is a newcomer to Suburban Stone Age. I believe it’s a female flame skimmer dragonfly, and she’s been grooming the compost pile for gnats. I was hoping for her arrival to keep their population in check.
When the shades rattle at 5AM with the first breezes, you know that Santa Ana Winds have returned. These annual winds come reliably near the end of October to dry out the hills, fan fires, and chap lips. To me, they also mark the last transition from Summer to Autumn, as if he heat of […]
A mini-project on the horizon at Suburban Stone Age is to tag and label every single species of plant we have growing here. This is both to document plant diversity and how it changes over time, and to protect myself from myself when I start forgetting which variety of so-and-so I planted. And one more thing: […]
The case for Old Hens I have some older hens who are past their peak productions days. Although they no longer lay eggs like they used to, I am discovering they still have a great deal of value.
Happy Mother’s Day from Suburban Stone Age!