Hey dirt lovers!
So, now it's October 5th and summer has passed.
Here in Seattle we are basking under incredible, brilliantly blue sky days in the mid-70s. The deciduous trees are all on fire.
I was so busy outside all summer long, I failed to post updates on my progress building the duck house.
My three runner docs are all grown up, healthy and safe from predators. They have a cast iron bathtub, which I refill daily.
The chickens are comfortable, but their laying is much less frequent. They stay busy churning the compost pile and liberating weeds.
Fall 2015, I'm considering getting a couple Nubian weather goats to keep the blackberries down and have a couple more farm friends.
While pheasants are gorgeous and territorial (they freak out when predators are near,) they have a very loud call (and freak out when a leaf drops, a fly buzzes by or someone drives up the driveway,) so I'm looking into one of my favorite birds, quail. Quail are cute, quiet and lay beautiful eggs.
Acquiring rabbits has not worked out yet, but I'm not in a rush. I'm still interested in French Lops and Flemish Giants; both are awesome, big bunnies.
Fall means that it's clean up time on my faux farm. I've pulled up the expired tomatoes and pumpkin vines from the raised beds and this year, we have over 40 pumpkins, of varying sizes and types. Our front porch looks like a pumpkin patch!
It's almost time to break out the Carhartt overalls.
On the best days, I roll out of bed, make coffee and wander across the patio to my herb garden.
I pinch off some mint, sage, oregano, lemon thyme and rosemary to chill in water with lemon, lime or orange wedges for lunch.
Hours later, I can be found in the garden, still in my pajamas, elbows deep, ripping up weeds. Around noon, freshly laid eggs are liberated from the chicken coop and voila, lunch. Late summer omelets include cukes, tomatoes, and a variety of vegetables and herbs.
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