It almost seems unnecessary to explain my absence anymore – it’s pretty much a given that there will be a good month or more between posts these days. Here’s a brief update.
We’ve been busy working on “outside” things while the weather is good, namely the chicken coop.
The coop during the framing stage.
There’s a lot to tell you about this little project, but I’ll save it for the big reveal post (which will be soon – we’re almost done!).
Bella (named for Bellatrix, our favorite Harry Potter “baddie”).
The chickens are growing like weeds, and they’re loving their new coop. I didn’t want to move them in while we were still working on it because I thought the noise would be too much, but I couldn’t handle having them in the basement anymore – they were starting to free range! They tolerate the sounds of construction better than I thought they would though, and as my neighbor joked, their only complaint about the new coop is that they no longer have cable TV.
The garden is doing fairly well, with some things faring better than others (isn’t that always the case?). This is the first tomato of the season, a Cherokee Purple that I harvested a few weeks ago. We’ve also had a few Speckled Romans, and there are a lot more out there that are getting close.
Bonsai garlic of 2009.
The garlic was one of our major failures, with the lack of rain and fertile soil leaving them rather stunted. Considering that they started out as volunteers from last year’s neglected crop, I can’t really complain. My daughter is thinking about turning the tiny bulbs into earrings and wearing them as Edward Cullen repellent (unlike most girls her age, she’s not a big fan of the Twilight books
Last month we had a major thunder storm pass through the area – the sky was the most amazing golden colour right before it started. We sat with the lights off and watched the fork lightening dance across the sky all evening. The only one of us who wasn’t impressed was poor Princess, who stayed under the bed for hours after it ended.
Today we’re heading to the beach, to squeeze the last bit of summer out of the remaining days of August.
I hope you’re having a great summer too!