It's an amazing thing when a swan gourd sits on her eggs and they actually hatch! Take a look at all of these adorable "swan-lings" with their Mama.
had to come home with them no matter what. There were these long crates filled with Mama Swans and their little babes. Three crates were sold as a lot and then mine were by themselves. They were the last thing that we had to wait on, but Mom bid on them while I was loading the truck --- and, of course, she won! Only $11.00 and the swans were ours. Er, mine. :) So, we came home and I helped Mom get her canning started and then left for a couple hours of sunshine (what is that, by the way??) working in the garden.
The neighbor was nice enough give me about thirty corn stalks from his field, so I made three bunches out of those and put them up at the corners of the fence and under the locust tree. Then, I had to move all of those pumpkins out of the way --- which is no easy job, let me tell you! Mom and I took the truck down to the mill and picked up four straw bales. We're planning on putting a bunch of them around the foundation of the house in the windy corner this Winter, but I wanted a few to use in decorating. So, after all the pumpkins were moved I was able to put the bales in place. All of the pumpkins are stacked on top of them (or should I say "arranged"). The Mother Swan and her babies have a special little nest area at the base of the bales, and they're surrounded by squash and gourds.
We also got two Bushel gourds at the auction. One is a perfectly round shape, so I'm hoping that it will dry out --- making it possible for Elizabeth to paint it as a globe! Wouldn't that be cool?! We're in a stretch of some sunny days right now, so it's been really good for all of the pumpkins and gourds. Kind of gives them a good chance to dry out. More later.