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I am a 42 year old woman that is about as happy and content as one person can be. My husband of 21 years and our 15 year old daughter live on five and a half acres out in the country. We moved from the city four years ago and never looked back. I homeschool our daughter. We also love our animals. Our daughter has a miniature horse and two rabbits. We also have a border collie, two cats (again), two pot belly pigs, four peafowl, three emus, 2 llamas and an undetermined number of chickens, lets just say ohhh about 200. I have many breeds, from layers to fancy chickens. I love poultry shows, I love fowl in general as I have come to find out through having more than just chickens. Chickens will always be my first love though. I do show some of my birds occasionally.

Tuesday, August 21, 2007

Flea Market, Fair, Hummers

Good Tuesday morning! Its going to be another hot day here, and supposed to stay that way for days..over a hundred every day is the forecast. I have to venture out to the feed store this morning so I can feed the masses this afternoon. Chickens can mob you if you don't feed them, they get cranky and will complain and complain if there isn't food available. Never mind that they are surrounded by bugs and plentiful grass...wish they would eat more of that!

I am going to invite a friend and her daughter to come up on Friday afternoon to spend the night with us. We will be getting up early and going to the Collinsville Trade Day Flea Market. Finally I get to go back there, I have wanted to for a while, just haven't been motivated to go.

The Georgia National Fair is coming. It is only 44 days away. We LOVE to go to this fair. We go every year. I used to be a part of it..did an agility side show in the stockdog demonstration, with Tip. You know, the jumps, tunnels, all that. I did it for a couple of years and then the man that headed up the stockdog demonstration and I had some bad words and some bad feelings...won't go into it, but it was pretty volatile. So, I don't do that anymore. One year Shelby entered Tyler, her Flemish Giant rabbit. He won a First Place blue ribbon in Youth and Second Place in the Open. I like to be involved in the fair, but my family does not. They just want to go and see everything and have fun. I do to, but I love to be a part of it. Guess those days are gone. Oh well. If you would like to see what goes on there just type in GNFA.com and it will take you to the fairgrounds site, then click on the side bar that says Georgia National Fair. It takes all day for us to see everything. Even then we still miss some of the horse shows, or something is missed. Last year we went specifically to see the miniature horses show. That was neat to see. It was right after we had gotten Derby. In my old journal that I had to delete I had lots of pictures of last years fair. Do you know, they have any type of livestock you can think of, cows, horses, llamas, alpacas, rabbits, cavies, pigs, sheep, goats, all of that...and no poultry foul of any kind??? The only thing they do have is Tyson has a tent set up and inside you can see how an egg forms, they have an incubator running, eggs hatching, newborn chicks, and then chicks in an area running around where a person is inside that area and hands spectators a chick to hold. There is also a video going of how chickens are processed (YUCK). They have a few cookbooks for sale...a chart that shows where all the chicken processing plants are in Georgia, and thats about it! OH they have a plastic dummy pair of chickens that animatronically move, cheesy.

We have had a lot of hummingbirds lately. They drained two feeders, which equals four cups of sugar water...in two days! They have kept me on my toes. I took a few pictures of them...and of course couldnt get all of them in one shot, but I did pretty good. I got four at one time in a shot. Here are the pictures I took. I love hummingbirds, they are amazing little birds.


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That is strange...these pictures uploaded onto Flickr are not as clear as what they are on my computer folder. Some clarity seems to have been lost in the transfer. That is unusual, I wonder what happened.


plieck30 said...

We have three pair of hummingbirds every year. I feel they are the same ones that come back each year. They really get to be a chore here as the feeders are in the sun so have to change it often. If I put them in the shade we can't see them from the house. Your feeder is unusual and cute. paula

ggjack7 said...

Kelly I wish you didn't live clear across the state, I would have you over to teach me how to post pictures, this is what I thought my journal would look like, not sprawled all over the page, anyway I love your pics, I have humming birds feed on my hanging petunia basket, my neighbor thanked me, he said he had never seen a humming bird before. By the way I found your journal so forget the question in the email. Love ya, gg/Jackie

P.S.  I like state fairs, but I prefer County Fairs, I always knew all the people and You'd run into people you hadn't seen in a long time at the county fair.

rooster1614 said...

Kelly, sounds like a great weekend.  Try not to get too hot.  I love pictures of the hummingbirds.

geocachelinda66 said...

That is strange that they don't show any poultry.  Could it be due to diseases?  Those hummers are beautiful!  You are lucky!  Linda

deshelestraci said...

The birds are gorgeous!  I love fairs.  Just wish the weather wasn't so hot!  I love the horse shows.  The food.  The a/c buildings full of arts and crafts!

wwfbison said...

The pictures of the hummers are enchanting - wow, you have so many!  For some reason only one at a time show up to my feeders, if another comes near it will get chased away.  I love our interstate fair - it is much like you are talking about.  They have everything under the sun, including some great entertainment.  For the life of me can't figure out why Tyson would show how they process the chickens, I can't see that would do much for business.  If I eat chicken they are either free range or by a company the humane society endorses.
Take care & try to stay cool, we've been wearing sweatshirts since Sunday - but it's been raining since Sunday too.