May 31, 2013

I'd Love to Have A Few Hens!

When I was growing up, we raised chickens and I  had the job of collecting the eggs.  Just recently I was thinking how I'd like to have at least four hens. 

Since I live in a subdivision, that's prohibited.  But if it wasn't, here's what I'd want need for my feathered ladies.  This little coop would be so attractive in my backyard.

This is called a "redneck chicken coop" and I think it's kind of cute.  I don't think my neighbors would see it that way!

"Redneck Coop"

I'd have to have a chicken tractor to prevent the "ladies" from being herded by the corgi girls.

Chicken tractor which can moved around for better grazing.

I'd have the same breeds that I was familiar with as a child.  They'd have old time names like Henrietta, Gladys, Ermine and the white one would be Priscilla.


Rhode Island Red


Of course I'd  add one of the prissy little exotic breeds.  If I'd seen a chicken like this when I was a child I would have run for cover!  Doesn't she look like she needs a string of pearls?

White Silkie Bantam
Since none of my chicken dreams will be coming true, I have to settle for my current hens whose families are growing like The Old Woman in the Shoe.

May 25, 2013

Don't Forget Why We Have Memorial Day...

I hope you and your family have a safe and restful weekend.
I'll be cutting grass.  My lawnmower has been in the shop for a few weeks and I have a jungle in my backyard.  Also, it's time to feed my azaleas and rhododendrons.  I love these cool temperatures for outside chores.

A locally owned shoe store has requested gently worn shoes and new socks to send to Oklahoma.  I'm contacting my neighbors to see if they have things to contribute and I'll take everything to the shoe store on Thursday.  There might be some local projects you'd like to participate in.  It gives me a good feeling to know that I'm at least doing something.


May 14, 2013

Botanical Gardens Pictures

 My daughter and I enjoyed spending Mother's Day afternoon at the local botanical gardens.  The temperature was in the 60's and a delightful breeze was blowing off the lake.  I hope you'll enjoy these beautiful pictures she took with her cell phone.
We met this handsome couple.  I suspect she's keeping a watchful eye on us because she has a nest nearby.





May 11, 2013

Happy Mother's Day!

I hope all of my blogging friends have a wonderful day tomorrow!
I finished my second book from my "Summer Sweepstakes" win that I wrote about a few weeks ago.  The title is The Other Typist by first time author, Suzanne Rindell.  I couldn't put it down and can't wait for her to finish her second book!
I had a scare with my corgi girl, Heidi, this week.  She had a terrible reaction to a tick bite.  My vet put her on a strong antibiotic and she's doing better.  No matter how hard you try, you just can't keep those dreadful creatures off them.

May 4, 2013

There's An Owl in the Cedar Tree

Last week I spent some time sprucing up my fairy garden.  I finally found a tiny owl to perch in the cedar tree.  I planted this garden in a vintage red wagon last year. The cedar tree came out of my flower border.  It's about twelve inches tall and I cut back all new growth to keep it small. 
I think the fairy is telling her corgi about the owl in the tree.

 I added this beautiful moss that I found at a garden shop and was pleasantly surprised when it started blooming.

These "hens and chickens" grow with a sticky web covering them.  They have multipled and have several little chicks around the bottom.  They are planted behind the fairy house but they may get too large and I'll have to remove them.
I made this garden with a cute gnome in a wire teapot for a gift.  The green spots in the holes are the baby "hen and chickens" from the fairy garden.  I can't wait until they start growing so I can give it to it's new owner.