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Mid-May in Spy Garden

Monarch Caterpillar

Monarchs are my favorite!

This makes me want to add more milkweed to the garden!

One more shot!

Toad- love the iridescent green eye lid!

This Christmas decoration has become a permanent fixture in our landscaping! It is so large to store in the basement and somehow it just fits in all seasons, right?!

Woo! The cotton is popping up!

Bolting kohlrabi

Garden view with Dexie

Love-in-a-mist (Nigella)

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:

S’mores!

Mmm!

Forest School teacher scooping up homemade ice cream (also made by the pre-K kids)

Inside, a movie played of all their practice-cooking rounds!

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:

Such a nice idea and adds a cool element to the construction-vibe!

In other construction news, we are nearly done with the chicken coop!

Hahah just kidding, that is part of the school addition

Behold…

The Coop…

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Coop d’eggtat

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!

We are still working on the signage (this one is by the Spy)

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…

Check out my friend’s awesome Great Dane!

He is the coolest!

Giving Dexie a run for her money in the good looks department, right?!

Like a pro!

Blink

Love, love, love!!!

Happy Monday! Hope your week is off to a good start!

Happy Easter 2017!

Happy Easter!

After church, the kids made out well in the egg hunt.

Which was good since I didn’t make Easter baskets this year. Instead opting for a big surprise…

We visited a farm…

Hey! Wrong holiday!

That’s more like it!!!

And we are now the proud owners of seven baby chicks!

“Specky”

Specky is a Speckled Sussex. She reminds me of a hawk but we couldn’t think of any hawk-ish names.

“Cleo”

Cleo is Black Lace Silver Wyandotte. We also have Goldie, a Red Sexlink, two Salmon Faverolles (Leslie and Peep) and two Austrolorps (April and Buffy). I am loving all of these unique names of chicken breeds!! The Spy mandated a “Chicken Naming Lockdown” Hahahah and we weren’t allowed to do anything until we named them all; ha!

Here’s their setup while they are little and Smoochie will be building the coop ASAP!

We’ve moved the seedlings outside to harden off (they were where the chicks now are). And in other garden news…

We finally figured out what kind of trees these are:

Bradford Pear: the non-native trash tree of St. Louis. In fact, in a quick search I found a very entertaining and informative post (the writer’s annual “Bashing of the Bradford”!) that called them “evil”, “despicable” and asserted that it is “negligent” to plant them. I’m convinced and they will be going bye-bye. We would like to replace them with fruit trees (someone gave them to us and we thought they were fruit trees). Pretty white flowers yes, but…

If you want to save the world, cut down your Bradford pear trees.

Ha! Back to the chicks…

GAaaaahhh they are so cute!

The kids were just slightly excited about all of this!

In keeping with the chicken theme, we also decorated eggs this year (which for some reason we have rarely done).

And it’s Easter so of course we can’t forget our bunnies!

Hahahha

No bunnies were harmed in the making of this photo…

Or this one! Ha! She just likes to chase them. They don’t seem to mind too much.

Dogwood

Happy Easter to you all!! Thanks for visiting!

Major Progress in the Garden

Dock

Dock

It has been in the 70’s here lately!!! I’m not going to complain about perfect weather, but I am honestly missing that harsh biting cold…ice…snow. I mean, it IS winter, right?!

Dexie helping to demonstrate the "before" in the garden

Dexie helping to demonstrate the “before” in the garden

As you can see, you can barely tell where the garden ends and the lawn begins.

Another "before" shot; note the ,messy garden beds filled with leaves

Another “before” shot; note the ,messy garden beds filled with leaves in the foreground

Butkus and a close-up of how the ground looked in the garden beds; couldn't even see the dirt!

Butkus and a close-up of how the ground looked in the garden beds; couldn’t even see the dirt!

Starting to edge the plots...

Starting to edge the plots…

And rake the leaves (see the pile in the background)

And rake the leaves (see the pile in the background)

Trees budding; crazy!

Trees budding; crazy!

More t-shirt weather

More t-shirt weather

Taking a break

Taking a break

We burned the leaves in all the plots.

We burned the leaves in all the plots.

Burning the plots is such a great way to clean them up and I figure the ashes add to the soil. Some of the plants get a little charred (e.g. mint, lemon balm, strawberries) but in my experience they bounce back pretty quickly. For areas you don’t want to burn you can just rake the leaves around them and the fire passes them by (e.g. we kept the fire away from the lilac bushes and the asparagus patch).

Smoky silhouette

Smoky silhouette

Roasting Garlic; Ha! (smelled divine!)

Roasting Garlic; Ha! (smelled divine!)

Her class is starting a project about fire so she will bring a print out of this for her class to show them how fire can be used in the garden.

She says her class is starting a project about fire so she will bring a print out of this picture to show them how fire can be used in the garden.

AFTER!!!!

AFTER!!! Smoochie gets 90% of the credit for this!

Ahhh I love the look of cleaned up and freshly edged garden plots!

Butkus lounging on the soil

Butkus lounging on the soil

Chasing bunnies

Chasing bunnies

Bun-Bun is the fastest (and for the record, the meanest)

Bun-Bun is the fastest (and for the record, the meanest)

Puff Puff

Puff-Puff

Dexie has been very nice to the bunnies: even helping to herd them around the yard:

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And even more Bunny-love:

Bunny valentines

Bunny valentines

Sunset

Sunset

Happy Monday! Hope your week is off to a good start!