A new view of Gillis Pond

On Sept 1st, the tree folks came and removed these three large pines, resulting in a noticeably large ‘hole’ in our protective screen for the lake and allowing more light into our once very shaded backyard. It took several days to get used to and now, actually, we enjoy the change. From our grilling deck, and from our dining room table, we can now see the lake as well as sunsets. The new light will certainly help the bananas and other fruit trees we have in the back yard. In the end, a tragedy turned into a blessing!

Welcome Welsummers

After 4 or 5 weeks the Welsummer chicks have feathered out and grown! Time to relocate them from a cardboard box in the bedroom to the transition run inside the main chicken yard. There, they will be able to interact with the older hens, yet be protected from any aggression.

Chickens get a reinforced yard…

Mystery chicken predator, broken eggs, dead hens…

Chicken Yard Enclosure
Chicken Yard Enclosure

The last weeks of June and early weeks of July were not a good period for our chicken flock. Each evening, as we went out to collect eggs, they were all broken in the nests. This started happening every day! I decided to start collecting the eggs earlier in the day, around noon and then again in the evening to see if it would make any difference. It didn’t.

Night Blooming Cereus

We love plants and flowers here at The Cove, and one of our favorites is our ‘Night Blooming Cereus’. Epiphyllum oxypetalum (Dutchman’s pipe cactus or queen of the night) is a species of cactus and one of the most cultivated species in the genus. E. oxypetalum blooms rarely and only at night, and its flowers wilt before dawn.

First cold weather arrives…

Today we woke up to our first ‘cold’ weather of the year…finally! It has been a bit on the warm side throughout October, often close to setting new records and hopefully that has changed. Time to split some wood and fire up the wood stove tonight as the low will be 43°. A sip of Bulleit Bourbon and hot Minorcan Clam Chowder is on the menu…