Tuesday, June 26, 2012
Chickens and other stuff
Tad is sewing, yes, I know his shirt is too small. It is also stained and has 2 holes in the front. He likely has not brushed his hair. But he is clean, and hardworking. so that is all that counts!
The barn from afar. You can see the greenhouse and green garden fence, it is just mesh to keep the geese out. Just past the green fence from the left front (if you are standing in front of it facing it your left) the fence will go out to the right of the picture all the way to the woodline, and then continue on in a square to the back right of the barn. That will be the animal yard. Then from the back left (once again facing it) of the barn, we will fence to the greenhouse, then the back corner of the house. Same on the other side, to the corner. So our whole back yard will be fenced, with multiple gates, and the back part will be separated by cross fencing for our animals minus the cat and possibly dog.
We will continue using these even after the barnyard is done. We just completed the center one here, we wanted to have no more than 5 hens per coop. The one on the right here had 3 older hens and Tad's bantam rooster. One hen died yesterday... I do not know why. The far left coop has a rooster, who was sold to us as a hen and we will butcher him soon. In the greenhouse, I have okra and tomatoes. In the garden the spinach, lettuce, cabbage, other greens, peas and onions are doing well. Also some herbs and flowers. The corn is growing too slowly, we are going to make a PVC hoop house for that garden bed, and cover with plastic in our spare time. Next yr will be more successful for gardening, it isnt going badly this yr for being our first yr.
Alaskan clothesline. yes, they use these other places. It is just a little less permanent. More moveable. We wont be here forever, and there are many, many...gray days, often rain comes even on a sunny day. I cannot dry sheets here to my lament. I guess I could hang one sheet over the WHOLE thing but that wont get them dry in a normal period of time. I am thinking of stringing a line between the house and trees for my sheets. I dont mind being country.
This is the King's Castle. Tad and Nathalie often play king or queen, one is the servant and the other royalty. It includes bossing and sometimes pretend mean behavior, I guess this is a relief so that they get a chance to be mean. Just kidding...they have fun with it. Today Nathalie is being the servant.
They have found this old bit of PVC and they talk into it, it amplifies their voice and also makes more official sounding demands. Nathalie and beaver (the stuffed animal) are the servants.
We are on the way to swim lessons. Tad made jello for desert, I made roast with potatoes, carrots, onions and bread for dinner. When we come home from swim lessons, it will be 6:45, time for dinner and then go out to work on the fence.