We’ve Grown!

I shared a picture of the baby chicks about a week ago.

Here they are today.

It’s amazing how fast they grow. Now we just have to think up sixteen names.

Willow’s Corner – Wide-Eyed

My kits are growing up fast. Their eyes are open and they’re starting to be quite rambunctious (though this one is ready for a nap). They all have the soft rex fur. Two are black (like their daddy) and three brown (maybe castor?).

Meemaw is trying to handle them more often so they won’t be as skittish as my last litter. One needs to have manners, you know.

Willow

Here Chick, Chick, Chick

My son cares for the chickens on the property and the flock was getting a bit thin (down to sixteen).

So he ordered a few new chicks through the mail (yeah, I was like what?).

So we have sixteen adults and sixteen little guys. They’re doing fine and will be moved into the coop when they are closer to adult size.

Raised Beds

Paul and I have been all around the barn discussing the design of our garden beds and we finally settled on cinder blocks. They’ll last and I can eventually do another layer or two to raise the beds even higher. I hope to garden the rest of my life and if bending gets tough, I can sit on the edge to weed, water, and harvest.

This is one half of the garden blocked out. Just a bit of leveling to go and then fill. Good neighbors gave us a mountain of aged horse manure to mix into the soil. We’ll top it with black mulch to help with weed control and warm the soil.

In a couple of days, we’ll have spinach, lettuce, and radish seeds in the ground. Though we can have a frost, we’ll cover any plants.

Foraging for Fungi

I went looking for morels (none) and found some interesting mushrooms.

I turned one over and found gills.

It does look a bit like Loreleia postii, called a redhead. (Not dinner.)

I also found this cool fungus, but I haven’t a clue what it is.

It was kind of rubbery, not brittle with layers of “petals” growing on the forest floor.

New Bunny Tractors

Forest, my DIL, and I are raising bunnies and we needed some new tractors. My sweetie built a couple for two soon-to-be mommas.

They’re 3’x5′, made with 1″x2″ galvanized wire. The holes are large enough for the bunnies to munch on the grass but small enough any babies can’t tumble out. There is one wooden end, so we could attach a kindling box and give each bunny a shelf to enjoy.

I took a rabbit feed bag (the white liner) to make most of the covering waterproof and then laid a larger piece of shade cloth over that. I “sewed” it all down with wire and stapled the edge to the wooden end. I’m hoping the bunnies don’t get it into their heads to chew on it. I’m motivated to keep them in food and chew toys.

Here’s the backside with a door into the kindling box. When babies arrive it’s good to be able to check on them and it makes it easier to catch the little boogers when it’s time to move them out.

Thank you Grandpa for all your hard work.

I’m on the Hunt

We’re just starting to see mushroom weather – rain then sunshine then rain then sunshine. The other day I went out to see what I could find.

I ran across some white trillium (also known as wake robin). Not a mushroom, but an encouraging sight because it’s an early spring flower.

Then I saw a “rock” and another one.

I’m trying to learn to identify mushrooms so a took a couple home.

I should have washed them off before taking a picture, but here is a good picture of a cross-section.

I think it’s a baby bolete mushroom. The veil hasn’t torn away from the cap and I think those are developing tubes hiding in there.

There are a bazillion kinds of bolete mushrooms and most of them are edible, but because I’m a newbie and I’m not sure …

Rule #1: Don’t eat it unless you are sure.

It’s not a part of my dinner, just a fun educational experience.

Sweet Potatoes

So I decided to grow some sweet potatoes. I’ve got them started in little glasses and they have roots already. When the leaves start showing up I’ll pot the slips and eventually move them out into grow bags when the weather allows.

Can’t wait to have my own sweet potatoes. Yum.

More and More Bunnies

The weather has slowly become Springlike. Temperatures are warmer and we’ve had a bit of rain. More and more of our bunnies are in tractors in the bunny meadow (we have nine adults, six females, two males, and M1’s male pet). The teens are still in the bunny barn because nighttime temperatures are a bit low. I have sixteen and my DIL has eleven. Twenty-seven teenagers! That actually sounds a bit daunting. 🙂

This is one of my favorites. He friendly,
curious, and really quite brave for a bunny.

And we’re looking forward to several new litters in a couple of weeks.

Feathers in the round

This month’s zendala template from LonettA’s CreA(R)Tive’s is lovely. I went with a monotangle using youger (a new-to-me pattern). The finished drawing looks a bit like a mess of feathers. Very fun.

pattern: youger
materials: printer paper, micron, and pencil