Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Spring in the Country

The bluebonnets seem more vibrant, almost purple this year, and there are so many on our place. The fields nearby seem to be filled with them.

Patches enjoys the screen porch.

I really enjoy hanging out laundry on nice weekends, maybe because it's so low-tech, not to mention free. I love the way sheets smell and feel after being dried in the breeze.

We've been working in the garden. We've planted lettuce, spinach, onions, eggplant, squash, peppers (bell, jalapeno and cayenne), potatoes, tomatoes, cucumbers... and more yet to plant.

Duck Update

The ducks were taking turns getting in the water bucket trying to swim around so Marc put a small cat little box bottom in the pen. Here they are taking turns getting in the water.
We put a bucket in the pen for extra drinking water but they kept getting in the bucket so we got a small kiddie pool It took them a better part of the day to get over their fear of the new pool. In this pic if you click on it to enlarge, you can see one duck in the bucket - it looks like an easter basket. They are amusing, but smelly loud things. I had no idea ducks traveled in a pack and are scared of everything. One squawks and the others join in and then they start running. It's hilarious. We feed & water them one or two times a day and yet they are scared to death of us. We got more electric fencing so they can wander around during the day eating grass & bugs without coming into contact with the fence - unless they decide to nibble on it. This morning before leaving for work a cow bellowed and it scared the ducks and they RAN into their house. It was so funny.

The chickens are much friendlier and definitely calmer. Pics of them coming soon...