The beginning of summer in the mountains is amazing. We open all the windows and doors to enjoy the warm air, and to listen to the sounds of heavy spring showers on the metal roof. I love to be outdoors all the time, so I tend to get the blues in the winter, but come spring, I'm full of energy, which I can then throw into all sorts of projects.
First of this year's list was a new run for the chickens. We lost our entire flock this winter to predators, so we knew we had to do something. My mom and dad came up for a weekend, and we put ourselves to work building a new run. It took another couple of weeks to finish. I built raised flower beds around the perimeter. Once the flowers are in bloom I'll take some pictures.
While the run was in progress, we hatched new chickens! We have all kinds of breeds this time, and they are beautiful. Here they are meeting our cat, Slim. Slim clearly believes the entire coop is basically just there for his amusement, as he typically parks his fuzzy butt right next to the fence for hours, waiting for one to venture close enough, but of course they never do.
But my current project is a new garden! I had planned on repeating the same small garden I raised last year, until our super friendly..er backwoodsy...neighbors suggested I move it closer to their property. They pulled up the sod with their tractor, and loaned me the their tiller. Tilling by the way, is crazy hard work! It took me 5 days to finish. Honestly, I probably would have given up if the neighbors hadn't been observing from their lawn chairs, laughing their asses off watching the tiller yank me across the yard for 5 days. So I had to stick it out to show them I could do it. Afterwards, they pronounced me "the real Green Acres!" So yeah...I showed that garden what's what. Now to see if it actually grows anything...