Here in the Pacific Northwest, cherry trees are everywhere... And this time of year, there are thousands and thousands of cherries on each tree. I went out today to pick some cherries and got this large bucket full of just off of a couple of branches. Usually the birds and raccoons will have gotten them all, but this tree is such a prolific producer... There is always plenty left over!

As anyone who raises chickens will tell you, no watched pot takes longer to boil than one watched while waiting for young pullets to lay their first egg! Generally, chickens come into lay at about 20 weeks.

Our 'Tweens' started laying today, at 18 and a half weeks. These are ISA Brown pullets that we got last February. We all them 'Tweens' because we have chickens that are much older and another batch of pullets that are five weeks younger.

Here is a current view of our back yard Paradise! The deer, rabbits and squirrels love it, as do we and our occasional visitors. :)

Nope, just new growth on a sword fern.

New growth on sword ferns, am I paranoid, or, is it looking at me?

Found these hiking boots at a thrift store, finally decided to put them to good use!

These are my favorite of all bushes in our gardens .... the Snowflake Viburnums. They seem to love our Pacific Northwest climate, growing fast and thick to a height of about eight feet. Perfect for privacy in Spring and Summer, they also enhance our compost bin each fall when the leaves drop. These offer protection for nesting birds and are a back yard delight.

Introducing the second graduating class of 2018! This is our second run of chicks this season. Here, they are pretty chicks all in a row ... Having finally learned how to fly up onto the roost!!

After two devastating winter losses, here we go again ...

This photo was taken at the tail end of a hive inspection - here, I am inspecting a piece of burr comb I removed from the hive to see if there are any eggs (or worse, a queen bee) on it.

"Burr comb" is extra comb the bees build inside the hive. It's important to remove it regularly so they don't impede your ability to move/remove frames from the hive and to keep things neat and orderly. :)

My wife took this photo yesterday ... Beautiful pink flowers in front of a bed of golden oregano ... just had to share! Everything is in full bloom and our yard looks like ... well, Paradise. :)

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