The Spy was not too enthused to take a trip to Laumeier Sculpture Park, and he had never even been before!
And I quote:
“I’d rather see animals than sculptures made by hippies.”
But of course he enjoyed the visit, even choosing his favorite sculpture:
And it wouldn’t be memorial day weekend without water, right?!
Life moves fast and if you don’t take time to enjoy the flora and fauna you might Egret it!
Monarchs are my favorite!
The end of the year festivities at Forest school included a project culmination; the kids planned and cooked a meal entirely outdoors for the parents. After the delicious meal we had:
Their semester-long project was a great success. Construction also continues at Forest school and I wanted to share a shot of these cool signs they added to the construction fences:
In other construction news, we are nearly done with the chicken coop!
Greatest chicken coop name ever, right?! Quite apropos as the chickens (well, at least the building the coop part) has usurped our lives! Plus we love a good revolution, are are always generally dissatisfied by the status quo AND are all quite rebellious in nature. So the name is just perfect!
There will also be an “Eggsit” sign on the inside of the door. HAHAHAHAHAhaha
More pictures to come of the coop details once it is totally finished (still need to build the run). The chickens are loving their new home and I am just thrilled to have them out of the house!
We have also taken more trips to the barn to visit our friend’s horses…
Giving Dexie a run for her money in the good looks department, right?!
Happy Monday! Hope your week is off to a good start!
The pressure was on for the Spy’s Mother’s Day gift, right?! ahahah
In other news, we have a new activity: hanging at the barn/horseback riding!
Our friend/neighbor is the sweetest letting us tag along with her to the barn about once a week so she can learn all about horses!
The planting and spring activities continue in the garden.
The white powdery stuff in the above photo is diatomaceous earth. I bought a big bag of it and am hoping it will cut down on the pests this year (especially squash bugs which are the worst!)
Diatomaceous earth (pronunciation: /ˌdaɪ.ətəˌmeɪʃəs ˈɜːrθ/), also known as D.E., diatomite, or kieselgur/kieselguhr, is a naturally occurring, soft, siliceoussedimentary rock that is easily crumbled into a fine white to off-white powder. Diatomaceous earth consists of fossilized remains of diatoms, a type of hard-shelled algae. It is used as a filtration aid, mild abrasive in products including metal polishes and toothpaste, mechanical insecticide, absorbent for liquids, matting agent for coatings, reinforcing filler in plastics and rubber, anti-block in plastic films, porous support for chemical catalysts, cat litter, activator in blood clotting studies, a stabilizing component of dynamite, and a thermal insulator. Diatomite is used as an insecticide, due to its abrasive and physico-sorptive properties. The fine powder absorbs lipids from the waxy outer layer of insects’ exoskeletons, causing them to dehydrate. Arthropods die as a result of the water pressure deficiency, based on Fick’s law of diffusion. (from Wikipedia)
Plus isn’t the word diatomaceous just great?! It should be an adjective and I may begin using it as such.
We have seen TONS of butterflies; including monarchs which I’ve never seen this early in the season!
Happy Mother’s Day!
One with the chicks.
First there were 3 little cardinals, then 2, then 1, then none. Bad spot for a nest? Hopefully photographing it didn’t disturb them. Maybe the black rat snakes are out hunting (even though we haven’t seen them yet)? Spring can be brutal.
We saw a run-over copperhead snake on our road (3rd one this spring!)! Again, a brutal spring for some. Exhibit D: the awful flooding in our area (we are up high and were thankfully not affected other than the kids having a week off school and bad traffic). All of the chicks are happily still alive and have enjoyed pecking around the yard (we’ve kept a close eye on them) but are still spending their nights in the comfort of our living room (in a bin).
We also moved the rabbits out to this area; so the bunnies and the chickens will be neighbors.
They caught some worms and the kids exclaimed, “I thought they were vegetarians!?”
Me: “No, look at them they’re like little velociraptors (especially when they blink).”
What’re you looking at?
Chickens are way more well behaved than bunnies. I spent like 45 minutes one night last week (during the heavy rain) trying to catch Bun-Bun in the woods.
Where we planted…
We have never tried growing cotton before; very exciting!
Hopefully she will never discover that they taste like chicken!
So for any of you that are considering getting chickens; there is a ton of information out there in internet world about raising chicks but I wanted to give you the most important #1 tip we’ve learned so far about keeping chickens:
Just wing it.
Well, we still have chickens in our living room. I mean, they’re in a large bin thing that we clean out daily, but still.
They still need to be under the heat lamps but they are growing so fast. This was the first time we brought them outside to play; so fun to watch them peck around.
Their new home is going to be right here:
We are going to clear out a large area for their coop and a fenced pen. Construction begins this weekend!
She is also learning to cook outdoors:
He has also been very busy with baseball.
Hope you all have a great weekend!