I woke up this morning at a little past five. It was pouring rain outside and it hasn’t truly rained here at all over the past two years. I’ve been building all these dry riverbeds and leveling slopes and drainage ditches to reclaim all the rainfall into all of my beds over the past two years so having actual rain to test everything is more than helpful to know if I got the job done properly.
So I leaped out of bed and grabbed my umbrella and a flashlight to do the rounds. Everything was working as it should and I was feeling very accomplished and self satisfied. In my half awake state, I decided to check on the chicken coop to make sure that it was water tight and the girls were safe and warm. That was also up to par.
Before walking away and slipping back into my warm bed loaded with loving girlfriend and loving dog, I spied a tiny little egg in the hay! My first ever, or should I say Pipers first ever! This is it folks. After all my hard work and patience, I am officially a egg farmer! I farm now!
This is most likely nothing new or exciting for some of my readers, but it’s a huge deal to me. It means that I’m doing something right, something healthy and something ancient and lost to most city folk like me. It marks a big step to my continued goal of more self sufficiency. So, without further ado, I present to you Pipers first egg!
Beautiful isn’t it! I will leave it out on the counter in hopes that tomorrow will bring yet another one. Then, I will have the smallest fried egg breakfast ever had. I will use the tiniest of my plates and the tiniest of my forks and pretend that I am a giant. A giant eating the freshest eggs he’s ever eaten. Can you tell I’m excited?
In order to make this a slightly educational post, instead of a simple jubilant Facebook-like rant, I will tell you something about refrigerating fresh laid eggs. There is a protective coating on the shell of this egg that will keep it safe at room temperature for a week or two without refrigeration. You should wash this off when you plan to eat it, but not before. If you do wash the egg, THEN it needs to be refrigerated right away. I’d avoid this were I you. Room temperature eggs are better for cooking anyways. Also, whats the point of having fresh eggs if you don’t eat them right away! Just a thought. Have a great day friends and a happy and warm Thanksgiving to my American/Canadian readers!