Yesterday was sunny and warm – a good day for shoveling the proverbial and getting things in order.
Today I awake to pouring down rain – though it would look pretty silly if it was pouring UP. Below is my work of the day. I am taking a big rubbish bag out and cleaning up this work bench.
I never use it as a work bench, it is more of a depository space but I love it. If I had a kitchen large enough I would bring it inside!
Scroll through those ducks again with an inquisitive eye. Even though at first glance they look identical – every duck has her feathers slightly differently arranged – they are not all identical twins. Can you see Drake? He is the one with orange feet. Though I will seldom collect more than 15 eggs and there are 18 ducks we only have one drake.
I was taking the duck compost down the back when I spied this in the distance. These drums are VERY useful on the farm so I turned the compost then drove through the wild grass to collect it.
Tane is always happy with more straw. His bed is as soft as I can get it.
Look ( below) who arrived on the porch yesterday morning. Chickens are almost never on the verandah. This is one of my favorite breeds. The Old Codger used to raise this breed. These are leghorns – they are small, gentle, don’t eat a lot and lay big hard white eggs. I find they lay much longer than the myriad of other prettier varieties I have. They are not that appealing to look at – their white feathers are never clean and their white eggs are not popular with free range farmers like me but they do very well. Those Rhode Island Reds are more popular but I prefer my filthy scrawny tough little chooks.
Their big white eggs travel well too. I will be ordering more Leghorn chicks this spring along with THIRTY ( god help me) more Khaki Campbell ducklings.
OK. Out into the rain I go then back in to chat with you in The Lounge with my coffee before I begin this weeks reading.