Summer is finally here I think! It was 87 yesterday and finally harvested our first radishes this week!
Yard is looking great and deck finally cleaned off-
We've kept our turf since it's so shady and the grand kids love to play there. If it was sunny I'd have other plans for it!
It was about time to finally be able to get the chicks outside. With the unstable weather and the pouring rain on the weekends we just couldn't do it before then. They've gotten to be the right size, feathered out and pretty spunky! Chicks generate tons of dust and they were in my "office". Boy did I deep clean later!!! We were out of town Saturday on a day trip, so Sunday Dave and I designed and built a little temporary condo for them. Basically they stay outside for about a week so while the two older hens can get used to them and vice versa. Nobody gets killed, life is good. This system works really well and I've done it several times before. Basically I asked Dave to build it in about the same area we have before-
Scrap wood setting up in place, keep them out of the veggies
It's up against or cedar fence that goes into the easement behind our house. I saved some scrap cardboard from a large box, we had scrap OSB, cedar boards and lots of leftover chicken wire. Basically Dave and I cobbled together a little condo area with pine shavings in the shelter and the rest of it a little run. Basically it's triangular-shaped. We had to go around a tomato. Using my long cardboard I saved, adding chicken wire. We also covered the top with chicken wire to keep hawks out-
Added pine shavings under the roof
Food and water set up
They enjoyed the indoor area this afternoon, siesta time-
They have shade and shelter and if we get any heavy rains this week I'll put them into the coop, separate them or bring them inside. There's a chance of some thunderstorms Wednesday night so I'm going to watch the weather closely. A few sprinkles would be fine but not if it's pouring rain. They seemed to do pretty well the first afternoon, so I decided to leave them out overnight since it was only supposed to be 65 degrees, not too cold. I went out this morning, they were in the pine shavings in the sheltered corner and I said "where's Mommy's little girls
?" They all came running out and started eating and drinking. Life is good!
With all of the Covid craziness Dave and I really needed to get out of town for the day. We tried going the last two weekends, but we got rained out big time. This weekend it was supposed to be mild and possible sprinkles. So we drove up to McCall up in the mountains where there's lots of trees, water, very green and beautiful. It was a nice drive up Hiway 55, a winding road along a river up to the mountains and trees-
Hitting the flat part of the valley, pastures and cattle here and there, cloudy, no rain-
It started drizzling just a little bit outside of McCall, but it was about 70 degrees and mild. Coming into town you hit a tee where the Payette Lake is straight ahead and the hotel on the right is where we've stayed for anniversary in the past-
They had a cool old Range Rover in front! Dave thought it's the same make and model that's in the BBC series Rosemary and Thyme-
We had our usual lunch at McCall Brewery, great food! Later in the day we stopped at Stacy's Cakes, an amazing bakery! We got some desserts to go for that night. I love their menu and sign!
We drove around the back of the lake, took some photos and a beautiful whitetail deer crossed the road in front of us, sorry no photo, happened too fast-
Funny to me on a certain level, fresh air used to be good for you!
We stopped at a little thrift store that we've been to before and I scored some fun items! For my beach table and wall, total $3.00-
$1.50 for flowers-
We stopped at the McCall Store
and I got Dave a new tee-shirt for Father's Day and scored some local Huckleberry syrup-
We needed a new back door mat, our was trashed. I found this really gorgeous one at the local Ace Hardware store, love the design! McCall is an affluent resort type of town so they always has always have some fancy-schmancy things. Twice as thick as any I've ever seen before, longer too, hopefully will last a long time-
When we left McCall we took the back route home on Hiway 95, thru gorgeous valleys, then farms, ranches and the flat lands. It's a hour longer drive but a much easier drive-
We had burritos on the way home and crashed. Great day, glad we went!
Windmill, Bees & A Basket-
Some fun scores lately! Recently I bought a sweet little windmill from LTD Commodities
for the garden! It was $20.00 and heavy steel, happy dance. Then at Joann's Fabrics
I bought a little clearance-priced framed bees print, $6.00, about 12" x 12", cute, hangs in the dining room-
and a little basket for the floor next to my end of the couch, on sale $10.00 -