The bright red of my cardinal pops against the muted landscape.
A hint of green. Can you see it? The pasture is awakening.
I put out birdfood (actually it is the same mix as the pig food, actually it IS the pg food) for the wild birds at this time of year and especially when I have guests in the airbnb. All the birds end up in the front of the house, the wild birds, the wild chooks and roosters, the guineas and the peafowl. Makes for quite a show for the visitors.
No complaining Wai Wai – you are on a diet for your own good.
He is trying to tell you that this is all he gets for his dinner – that tiny stalk of hay stuck to his lip and that he is locked up, omitting the fact that there is an entire field on the other side of that gate and he had an apple and a boiled egg with his hay for his tea.
The barn is a haven in the wet and blustery weather. Especially for me.
Poppy is looking wide in the belly, but still pretty slim in the hips. I shudder every time I see a cold night forecast, but she is not truly dropping yet so I am thinking we still have at least 10 days – I hope. I see an overnight of 17F/-8C in the forecast in a week. So I am wishfully thinking her past that date.
I trialed her heat lamps and the heated mat on the floor of the piglet’s creep house at the same time and everything stayed on all night without blowing any fuses. I was able to train the camera on the lights so I could check them from inside the house. The baby monitor has controls so I can turn its eye about, like some kind of sci-fi movie. Very useful.
The first batch of oat sprouts are drained and in their trays. They are not sprouting quite yet, the house is a bit cold I think and we were only on Day 2 yesterday anyway. The new batch has been soaking since yesterday morning and will be strained this morning when I wash everything again and start today’s batch. I used a hot nail to make holes across one end of the trays, so the water runs down and out. The trays are sitting on the floor of the shower – slightly raised at one end so the sprouting seeds do not sit in water.
My shelving comes by the first week in April – I hope. By then the floor of the shower will be covered in boxes of draining growing sprouts!! It will be crazy!
I hope you have a lovely day.
WEATHER: Rainy and windy but warmer than yesterday.
Tuesday 03/27 80% / 0.08 in
Cloudy. Periods of rain this morning. High 53F. Winds W at 10 to 20 mph. Chance of rain 80%.
Tuesday Night 03/27 20% / 0 in
Considerable cloudiness. Slight chance of a shower throughout the evening. Low 38F. Winds NNW at 5 to 10 mph.
6:44 am 7:12 pm
Waxing Gibbous, 80% visible 3:04 pm 4:35 am