Things have been done so off and on because, Mother nature has not been a very nice lady lately.We've had dusting's of snow off and on here; something I have never seen in my life.Snow in March?
It has also been very wet in general which keeps us indoors unable to be out preparing the garden beds or other prep work done.Kind of tough to dig a garden bed when the soil is like thick mud.Perfect for mud pies and not much else.
It seems like over the past month or so every time I am at work the sun comes out to tease me and then vanishes once I am home or have a day off.(Rois shakes her fists at the skies.!!Grrr!)
This morning there was a break in the weather but as soon as we got out a mix of snow and rain started to fall.Then 20 minutes later the sun came bursting out for a few minutes,then back to rain.So we decided to bounce back and forth between doing things inside when it was raining and rushing out as soon as the sun popped out.This bouncing about may be the way to get things done this year if the weather continues this way.Not very productive but slow and steady wins the race.
Chance did get two kinds of peas in the ground on time in a bed that didn't need any prepping.He planted a shelling pea and some snow peas.I also planted some sweet peas along the fence with the hopes of cut flowers come late spring early summer.Today all of the peas showed themselves as bright green little curls.I was worried because they were a bit late.I thought maybe the crazy weather had gotten to them.It's always funny how those first sprouts of things in the garden are such a pleasure that motivates and inspires you.
We have also had a sunny day a couple of weeks back which we spent the day working on re-vamping the back yard.We are starting by reworking the chicken run and the roof/lid for the covered part of the run.
The old run was hard to take care of and clean out so we shortened it and rebuilt the fencing for it.It's much easier now to get in to get work done.There was complaining from the hens for a day and those silly turkey's still can't figure out what happened.
The old roof for the run worked like a hinged lid that was way to heavy for me to lift while trying to fill the hanging feed bin.This meant Chance was doing all of the feeding of the chickens a fact he was not happy with.We ended up using some of that wavy plastic type roofing for it's light weight.Chance built a frame work for it to keep it rigid and to keep it from flying off in the wind.I can now just slide the one side over while I fill the feed bin,much better.We really do like having things set up so everyone can share in the work,we don't need anyone grumpy around here.
Both projects were done by re-using what we had taken apart and the new roofing was given to us when our neighbors moved.
|I love the coloring's of this Ameraucana.|
I have placed a standing order for chicks! I can pick them up when we are ready for them with a weeks notice.I am getting 4 Ameraucana's,2 Black Australorps and 2 Buff Orpington's. I picked the first 4 because they have always been my favorite layers and we love their colored egg shells.The other 2 breeds are ones I have thought a lot about.Both are larger heavy breeds that lay all year round,are known for their good personalities and I think they look like some beautiful birds to have around. Since all three breeds are known to be great layers I am hoping the mix of breeds will gives us eggs farther into the colder months.
|One of the things I like about the Black Australorps is how iridescent their feathers are.|
|Buff Orpington's always look like a storybook chicken to me.|
Did you know skunk will give you warnings before he sprays you? First he will shake his head at you saying "no,no." Then he will shake his head and stamp his feet to make sure you understand him.Once he is turning his back on you watch out! He's not running away,he is getting ready to spray you.
Ok enough rambling,we have a dinner guest coming and I have food to make.I will try my best to be better at writing. My fingers are all crossed that the weather will turn and there will be too much to write about.