Yesterday, when my new second-hand shelves arrived in three random boxes ready for me to put the shelves together without directions and with pieces missing, I thought how this would be a fun game to play on a Reality TV show. The player is handed a box with no labels and no instructions and not only must she work out what it is but she must build it against the clock. Without access to utube of course!
Well, it was fun and now my shower has a beautiful big sturdy metal restaurant shelf unit in it. It is a breeze to wash the sprouts now. The laugh is that I kind of underestimated how much space I need to shower my body. We will see how that goes this morning. I will be like a Riverdance performer under the hot shower.
The shelf is on wheels so when the weather does warm up it will roll outside but in the meantime, I will shower standing straight up and down in my tiny corner – I am fairly sure washing my hair will be out of the question! Makes me smile just thinking about it. Come on summer!!
I pulled some sprouts out for piggie mealtimes yesterday – not quite ready of course – but I am not known for my patience. The sprouts smelled delicious and were well sprouted and mixing them into a bucket with boiled eggs and grains was deeply satisfying. The pigs gobbled up their meal without comment but I know that some live food in there will be so much better for their bellies.
When Poppy finally does have her babies these greens will help her produce some excellent milk.
I am very pleased with this set up and very pleased to be growing food for my animals again.
Does the Wendy House look like it is listing to Port a little?
Hmm, do you remember the Toad Garden? It is in the background of the image above to the right of the Wendy House (the Wendy house is the woodshed). John has these fanciful ideas and spends days working on them then often abandons them almost finished. They are usually really good ideas too. (Though his latest is to grow fish in the basement – I am spending no time encouraging him.) At least the Toad Garden cost nothing but labour. For the toad garden he dug a really deep hole, lined it with plastic then rocks then built a garden above it with a long open water pathway in the middle covered in a boardwalk . The underwater pond (that was to water the plants) was fed with guttering from the Wendy House.
So there is potential for a pond there if I took the rotting board walk off and cleaned all the rotting plant material out.
The theory was great but it did not work as a garden. The plant’s roots were too wet. There are poles in place all around it for the plastic house he was going to build over it. And weeds have turned into trees for shade now. The waterway is full of frogs in the summer with toads wandering through the damp vegetation hence the name Toad Garden. Anyway as I am looking at this picture this morning I am thinking that might be a nice first home for my growing ducks. They would have weeds and a strange pond. I could clean out the pond, hook up the guttering again, put an electric poultry fence around the area to keep the birds in and Boo OUT. I just need to find a house for twenty ducks. Maybe the calf hut?
It might work? And turn an eye sore into a productive area.
I will look at the space later and see how much work it needs to get it in order. The ducklings (and layer chicks) arrive in the second week of April so first I need to clean up the turkey house and get it ready for the chicks. They will be in nursery mode for a while. I have quite a bit of work to do before they arrive anyway.
I can’t believe this cold is hanging on – I will have to decide whether or not to raise the little chicks in the outside turkey house when they arrive. Normally this is the chick raising area but it is so cold. I am fairly sure I do not want to start these flocks in the HOUSE! My bathroom is getting a bit FULL. But this cold is hanging on. And the ambient heating tables the baby birds sleep under need it to be warm to work.
Well, this is a nice easy problem anyway. And like the sprouts in my shower – very short term. Everything will eventually go outside – the warm must come.
Maple Tree Flowers.
I hope you have a lovely day.
WEATHER: Still in this cold cloudy weather pattern but a high of 49F/9C will be nice.
Friday 03/30 0% / 0 in
Generally cloudy. High 49FF/9C. Winds NW at 5 to 10 mph.
Friday Night 03/30 20% / 0 in
Partly cloudy skies. Slight chance of a rain shower. Low 34F/1C. Winds SSW at 10 to 20 mph.
6:39 am 7:15 pm
Waxing Gibbous, 99% visible 6:31 pm 6:28 am