We took a geology field trip the first full weekend of June about 2 hours west of us. The president of the Heartland of America museum took us out to a local quarry for us to dig around in the rocks and sand. The children loved climbing up the mountains of rocks and searching for treasures. Monkey got to ride on B's back and towards the end got to climb on top and feel the different textures of the rocks. We checked on the different layers of the earth inside the walls of a dug out spot in the quarry and they showed us the operation of excavating sand. We believe that the three littles all got Ecoli from said quarry. We think that the water sourced used there may not be the cleanest and after running around and touching everything they had time from the quarry to the museum to sit in the van and suck their thumbs without their hands being washed. Wiped with a baby wipe, but not a good scrub. That's what I did the for the next week in June...puke and poop patrol!
Sadly, since writing this post we now only have two chicks left. Our dog, Midnight, thought they were his own personal buffet, all you can eat, and wiped out our flock of laying hens and future rooster dinners. B and I are beyond disappointed and frustrated. Homesteading is hard and expensive! Midnight is currently in lock up and we have an ad out for a free dog. He's great with children and our other dogs, but not with chickens or lambs. We will be advising who ever his new owners will be not to have livestock.
Until next time,