Archive | August 2013

The Ice Cream Store

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The Ice Cream Store, a set on Flickr. Click on the photos to see them larger.

On Monday we took a day trip down to Lewes & Rehobeth, DE There’s allot to see and do there, so if your ever looking for a place to go, this is a very nice area.
If you remember a couple weeks ago we took our youngest grandson Tyler to Rehoboth Beach on the Cape May Lewes Ferry, and we took him to The Ice Cream Store. Well, we had to go back, they have so many flavors there, so we tried a bunch of flavors and you won’t believe this, we ended up getting the same thing we got last time!

Now don’t get me wrong when I say this, their ice cream is amazing, but, we shouldn’t have gotten the same thing we got last time. It didn’t taste as good.  Always stop when your ahead., get something different. We will go back and next time we will get something different, I already know what I’m getting, I’m getting the Mango!

As I told you in my previous blog on the Ice Cream Store, we found them on the Food Network page also.

Cape Henlpen State Park, DE

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Cape Henlpen State Park, DE, a set on Flickr. Click on the photos to see them larger.

On Monday we took a day trip down to Lewes & Rehobeth, DE There’s allot to see and do there, so if your ever looking for a place to go, this is a very nice area.
In these photos we are at Henlopen State Park, There is a fee of $8.00 to get into the park if your an out of stater, if your a resident of DE then its only $4.00
It’s a very nice park, its a very big park. You can rent bikes there for free, yea, free, you just leave them your drivers license and pick out a bike and go. Of course, with my bad knees biking ain’t going to happen! So we drove around and walked when we could. There is beach access there, fishing, camping, etc. Go and enjoy!

Kilwins Fudge

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Kilwins Fudge, a set on Flickr. Click on the photos to see them larger.

On Monday we took a day trip down to Lewes & Rehobeth, DE There’s allot to see and do there, so if your ever looking for a place to go, this is a very nice area.
Well, down at Rehobeth Beach, DE there’s a place called Kilwins, they are a franchise so there’s a few around, but for us, this was our first! and all I can say is WOW!
We’ve had fudge before, good fudge, but now, we’ve had better than good fudge, its simply wonderful!
Pictured here is the Coconut Fudge and the Kilwins Mud Fudge. They are simply to die for!
So, if you’ve never been to Kilwins, find one and go!

Nages

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Nages, a set on Flickr. Click on the photos to see them larger.

On Monday we took a day trip down to Lewes & Rehobeth, DE There’s allot to see and do there, so if your ever looking for a place to go, this is a very nice area.
As we always do, we look to the Food Network for a good place to eat, before we get to a place. Rehobeth is no exception.
So, we found Nages. Nages was not featured on the Food Network, but they were featured in the Food Network Magazine, by Bobby Flay, featuring the best burgers. They featured 1 from each state and Nages was the pick for Delaware. So, we had the Nages classic the Nage Burger. It was very good. As you can see from the photo, I had mine without a bun (no gluten) my hubby’s had the bun and for our appetizer we had the Marinated Beets, very good.
Once again, we were not disappointed by our meal, and the staff was very friendly. If you go during Happy Hour, they have a happy hour menu that you can order from and prices are lower. We were there during happy hour so we got a good deal.  They also have daily specials.

Thank you Food Network.

Sunset at the Bay in DE

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Sunset at the Bay in DE, a set on Flickr. Click on the photos to see them larger.

On Monday we took a day trip down to Lewes & Rehobeth, DE There’s allot to see and do there, so if your ever looking for a place to go, this is a very nice area.
On our way home, after we left the Prime Hook National Wildlife Refuge, we found a nice little beach on the bay and took a walk. Here are a couple sunset photos and a couple interesting photos of a dead horseshoe crab.

Prime Hook Nature Wildlife Refuge, DE

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Prime Hook Nature Wildlife Refuge, DE, a set on Flickr. Click on a photo to see it larger.

On Monday we took a day trip down to Lewes & Rehobeth, DE There’s allot to see and do there, so if your ever looking for a place to go, this is a very nice area.
So, among our stops, one of our last places to stop was Prime Hook Nature Wildlife Refuge in Milton DE.

Geez! Already!

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Free ranging the chicks, a set on Flickr. You can click on the photos to see them larger.

Well, I just can’t believe it, but every hen is different and Dottie is no exception to the rule.  The chicks were 1 week old yesterday and she took them from the confines & protection of the chicken yard outside the fence to the side of the  chicken yard where we have a row of pine tress.  So, the chicks are learning to free range.  Now we have to be ever more vigilant.

Hawks are definitely around, we’ve heard them, we’ve seen them.  The crows have left.  What, you ask, do crows and hawks have to do with one another???  I read way back when we first had hawks and wanted to find out how to deter them, it said, that if there are crows around you won’t have hawks.  And for us, that’s true.  While we have nesting crows here in the spring and they hang around thru July early August, we truly don’t see any hawks.  Now that the crows are leaving, the days we don’t hear any crows, we hear and see hawks.   You can read about that here on the Common Crow.

Well, a couple weeks ago, I posted that Goldie took her 5 chicks out to free range at 11 days old, now Dottie’s 6 chicks are only a week old!  They never cease to amaze me.

Another thing going on, is Dottie has decided to leave the broody box with the chicks and take up sleeping in the same corner that Goldie and her chicks are sleeping in.  There’s plenty of room and as long as the moms are butt to butt theres no problems.  If they can see each other, especially Dottie, if she even sees one of Goldie’s chicks on her back she pecks the chick, then pecks Goldie, then Goldie pecks Dottie.   The 2 nights I’ve seen this happen, I’ve grabbed Dottie and put her back in her broody box and put the chicks in with her.  Last night after I did this (it was still early, my moms take their chicks to bed about 5:30, so theres plenty of daylight yet) Dottie took the chicks back out.  I rolled my eyes, thinking more trouble coming in the hen house, just a few minutes later, she was back in the hen house, so I followed.  To my surprise, she took the chicks back into the broody box! Yeah!

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Mama hens not sharing, a set on Flickr.

It won’t be long before Goldie moves her chicks up to the nests where the hens lay.  We have an old metal 12 nest unit from the old chicken farmer days.  It’s on the wall and safe.  All our broody’s move their chicks up there and sleep with them in the nests until the mom leaves the chicks.  Then the chicks stay in the nests and perch on the perches on front of the nests until they are old enough to work their way into the roosts with the other hens.  You know how that pecking order goes.  It takes a while.  Goldie tries about once a week to see if the chicks can get up there.  It should be any day now, I think they’re ready.

So how ’bout you??  Do you let your mama hens free range with their chicks??  We have decided that when the moms leave their chicks we will this time, take control and confine the chicks to the safety chicken yard, until their bigger, way bigger.