Category Archives: Pets

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!

Spring Chickens

One with the chicks.

As you can see…

She’s not enjoying them at all.

Green on green on green

Zzzzzzz

Cardinal on her nest

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.

At school the kids were drawing/contemplating a dead bird that met its end by flying into the school window.

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).

Coop site planning

We cleared out a pretty good sized area.

And Smoochie…

Got the base of the coop built! Woo!

We also moved the rabbits out to this area; so the bunnies and the chickens will be neighbors.

Hey neighbor!

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?

Holding Specky

Check out Specky’s leopard print feathers!!

Puff Puff helping to weed the garden

I LOVE the salmon favorelle’s feathery feet!

Springy abstract sculpture

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.

Cinco de Mayo

Goldie admiring the lovely edges of the garden plots

Where we planted…

Red Foliated Cotton (image from Baker Creek) 

We have never tried growing cotton before; very exciting!

Dexie has been nice

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.

BAHahahahahah

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!