Monday, April 26, 2010

cobalt blue bird bath

I fought temptation awhile back when these bird baths showed up at a local grocery store wearing $59.99 price tags. Even though the price was good, I didn't like the base. However.. now I wonder if they hadn't stood the bases upside down.. because this has a good, solid base with a locking top. It IS too deep but with the addition of a few items and the little rock pump thingie, the little birdies should find it usable. I'd only gone to the store to get some hamburger for lasagna, but the birdbath jumped out at me waving its $39.99 price tag. How could I not purchase it? (I'd have kicked myself had I just walked away.) Of course, I may still kick myself when some forgotten bill shows up in my mailbox and my budget is $39.99 too short. LOL


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Sunday, April 18, 2010

At last! A lovely Spring Day!

When life gives you garbage, make art! My parents recycled long before it was the "in" thing to do. Dad had used various pieces of piping in concrete to give more support to the lath-house shelves he'd built for mom in the 1960's. Fast forward to 2010, when their daughter decides she needed a chicken coop & pen more than a lath-house. What to do with all these pipes embedded in concrete! Can't put them in the garbage.. Hmmmm

the chicks got their freedom today. This was their first step to becoming free range chickens. The old hen, the ancient rooster and the dog all thought it was just dandy to have company. There was no bickering amongst the fowl and the dog was delighted to finally be able to smell the chicks up close and personal. There has always been wire between her nose and the chicks... and she has had her nose to the wire since they hatched.. 8 weeks ago. 9? Now if I can get the old hen to decide to roost in the new coop, I can take down the seemed-like-a-good-idea-at-the-time round, wire pen with tarps.

so much for using chicken wire to keep chickens from scratching away all the top soil in the planter. the little ones figured it just made their dirt bath more um, cozy. 2.5 acres and they HAVE to bathe in my planter?
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Saturday, April 17, 2010

well after Bloom Day blooms

Too much to do, too little time! LOL Let's see, African daisies, iris, clematis, and scilla peruviana. Now I must go to my paying job.




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Wednesday, April 14, 2010


Verna and Roostie like to visit the chicks through the fence. The babies moved outside at 5 weeks, into a small pen with a heat lamp. Last week they moved into their new digs.. still with a heat lamp but they are 8 weeks old now so I can probably turn it off.

Verna (the Buff Orpington) was trading pecks through the fence with Sara this morning. I have no idea what breed Sara is. I don't care as long as she's a SHE. I worry that all 4 will turn out to be roosters. There are two Barred Rocks and two somethingorothers. One day soon (I hope) I'll get the coop painted and the pen finished.
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