|My Spookie organic pumpkins (grown from seed) are almost ready!|
Friday, September 23, 2011
Even though the temps here are in the 70's, the pumpkins are turning orange and the leaves are starting to fall. I guess that means fall is officially here. This is my favorite part of the year, so I'm happy that we finally made it. But I'm sad to see the garden go and I have so much to do to get ready for next year ... order seeds, plan next year's garden, get the beds cleaned up, etc. No rest for the wicked, they say. But it's such a beautiful day that I think all that can wait one more day.
Thursday, September 22, 2011
Okay, so this one was in the corner of the coop and not in the nesting box but we're all trying to work out the kinks with this egg-layin' thing, aren't we?
With a big grin on my face,
Wednesday, September 21, 2011
Gosh darn, these chooks are so useful....
Tuesday, September 20, 2011
Monday, September 19, 2011
It's a misty, ugly day today so J. and I headed to a huge building materials auction to see if we could find any good deals: he's always looking for tools and I'm planning for the house we're going to build on our 40 acres. Too bad we don't have a warehouse, because they couldn't give away huge pallets of beautiful wide-plank Brazilian Cherry flooring. I think it ended up going for just $1.50 per foot. You can't even buy oak at that price!
We did get some pretty good deals, though. The last time they had this auction last year, I was lusting over these beautiful turned, fluted oak spindles but I had to stop bidding when they went over $5.00 each. So I was happy to have a second chance at 72 of them. The same guy that bid against me at the last auction was there and sitting next to them ALL DAY, so I was certain he would bid it up again. Turns out he only needed 24 of them and he dropped out early, so I got them for just $1.40 each. These retail for over $10!
We also picked up the really cool lawn cart in the pic above. It's 12 cu. ft and that puppy retails for $261.99 at Sears right now. We were happy to get it for just $75 even if it did require assembly. Plus we got a huge stainless steel cabinet for just $10 (J.'s planning on putting it in the shed), some wrenches for 1/2 price, and an entire box full of cords for our generator for just $8.00.
Score! What goodies have you found at auctions lately?
Sunday, September 18, 2011
Saturday, September 10, 2011
"Fiona and my peeps. Do you have any treats for us today?"
In case you weren't aware, chickens are nosy creatures. If I'm in the yard doing something, they want to know what it is. If I'm filling their food or water, they want to come with me and help. Or, if I'm cleaning the coop, they want to supervise. Everybody's a critic...