When nature comes calling

Spring showers have turned to torrential downpours in the past few weeks. While it leaves a muddy mess, it has been great for the garden.



A contractor for the power company came through to clear the power lines on one edge of our property.  We were planning to get someone to come bushhog the area, but we wanted to do it after a blackberry harvest.  But hey, at least this was free and very quick.  Now we have a lot more space to do stuff with.


A windy day brought down a couple of the dead trees that had been hanging over our driveway.  Unfortunately, the trees were covered by a giant batch of poison ivy.


After work yesterday I had to make a run to the hardware store for some supplies to fix a pump, and when we turned out of the drive a black bear was running up the road.


The bear looks to be a couple hundred pounds, but I am more concerned by who I found in the goat barn this morning.


I know black snakes aren’t a real danger to me, but there are plenty of things here on the homestead that it could eat, including ….

That’s right we finally have some more ducklings here at Snuggly Duckling Farm.  Of course it wasn’t our ducks that did the hatching though.  It was our good mother hen.


We gathered up some duck eggs from around the yard (because our ducks lay everywhere) and stuck them under our mother hen who had gone broody again.  She hatched all three we put under her.  One of our other hens went broody shortly after this one began to sit and is due to hatch her eggs any day now.  From what we’ve read the ducklings would be okay with the chickens if they were by themselves, but with chicks around the ducklings may have a rough go of it.  But for now the ducklings are just babys amongst the flock.


Have a great race day folks. It’s off to the couch to watch the Monti Carlo gran prix and get ready for the greatest spectacle in sports the Indy 500.

D.

Every day a project

One thing I’ve learned about living the homestead kind of life is that there are very few days that don’t have at least one project to be worked on.  Whether it is building a new worm composter.

Picking up a load of free mulch from the dump.

Digging up an old satellite post that was in the way.


Cleaning out the goat barn has gotten a little more difficult as a task since Caro has shown the baby goats how to be in the way.


The big project for yesterday was turning a hole in the side of the chicken coop…


….into a new set of external laying boxes.


Of course that means it’s off to the store for to get paint for the boxes as today’s project.

D.