I am off out this morning to find the gardens of a baking friend. A couple who I met through janiesmill who live about an hour from here, love to bake with good flour and have a small business growing plants native to this area.
I have dug a little canal to an overflow pond from John’s big pond that enables me to refresh the water in the pond every day. Just a little – but it has greatly reduced the green pond problem. We hooked up a pipe to the guttering of the house so when it rains that water is channeled into the pond. And it has rained every day since John went away so I have been able to get a LOT of fresh water into the pond and old water out.
Today I will take you to the gardens of my new friends – they have some native water hibiscus that you can plant directly into the water or around the edges. These plants in turn will help aerate the overflow pond which is really a big puddle! And I love to plant natives – especially bog plants in our swampy land.
Having said that – this pond lettuce is definitely not native and is multiplying fast. I am sure it is an invasive species somewhere! In the winter we will place a collection of plants in the basement because they will not survive the winter here.
The end has begun for the big barn. John discovered a broken beam in there yesterday. Needless to say the cows are out of the barn now ( they actually did not need to be in there anyway) and he will do some maintenance but these barns are over a hundred years old. This one has pretty solid asbestos roof, none of the wood is tantalized so rot is present. But that huge roof will always be a worry.
We have been so humid and so wet for so long that there is mold on my oilskin coats hanging in the house so I bet if I went through the hay stacked above the floor in the barn I would find wet hay from that back window: But I am not going up there until I am sure it will not collapse. Though the hay has to be moved regardless.
I am sure it will probably last another twenty years but that asbestos roof which we have been advised not to touch ( it is out of harms way up there) is very heavy. So, stand by for updates.
I have counted a total of FOUR chooks wandering about the farm with little chicks in tow. They are impossible to get shots of as their mothers are very good at hiding them. Probably a total of 24 new chicks ( thank goodness I had already given away that first flock of 13 chicks) we officially have TOO MANY. Plus they are wild – getting all of those tiny genies back in the chook house bottle is going to be a mission. But I only want hens on the hen house so we have a while before I know what we have. Plus they have to survive this environment.
I never saw that great hawk/eagle again. Hopefully she is busy with her own chicks.
OK! I am off out to look at plants. I will check in later. You all talk amongst yourselves until I get back!! I love it when you all answer each other’s comments.