Wednesday, July 27, 2016

TOLD YOU I COULD FIT

This crazy cat Hope was sure she could squish every ounce of her body into this little box. She did it!

Tuesday, July 5, 2016

DEVASTION IN MY OWN BACKYARD


 This strong, confidant fellow with his mighty spurs tried his best to fight off the invader who
broke into their home this weekend.

 He fought with all his might.

 He lost his fight yesterday...




I know it is the circle of life but I am writing with tears in my eyes at his loss and the loss of the two little black and white Bantams. 
I can't believe I am crying over chickens but those who know me know these weren't just chickens, they are my pets. 


 Who come to me when I called them.



  Who would follow me for treats.  



Who would eat out of my hand. 

We've moved the remaining four hens to a safe home, a home of a dear friend who was willing to take on four more mouths to feed and care for all in the name of friendship.
 I am not sure I can face the devastation of a chicken attack again, nor the cleanup or the hours spent trying to get a dying rooster to drink from a syringe and keep fighting for his life.  We've trapped three predators so far and will keep on as they have caused a lot of havoc to our little neighborhood in the country.  I know if I decide to try again I can get my girls and bring them back home once my coop is sealed like Fort Knox.  I just don't know if my heart can take it.



Rest In Peace Sir Charles... I will really miss you



Tuesday, June 28, 2016

IN THE GARDEN



Scenes from the gardens. 
Everything is in full bloom with the nice rain we had.



The photos don't do it justice.
  The colors are vibrant and the blooms are so full.

Even my dads memory garden looks fabulous!

Hope you enjoyed the tour!

Thursday, June 9, 2016

MEET SIR CHARLES

Meet the king of the roost!  What a stately rooster he is. 
 Not to mention he is very proud of himself!


He certainly guards his girls too.  When Hubs went into the pen the other day Sir Charles
showed his spurs to keep Hubs in check.  He is one tough rooster going against Hubs!
I am loving being a chicken mom ... although some people think I am quite nuts!

Friday, May 6, 2016

SHARING A LITTLE PURPLE FROM THE GARDEN

Here's what blooming in the garden!  It seems to be a purple week!

Clematis planted in memory of Hubs' dad -His favorite.


Columbine so dainty but so hardy...

And lilac - one of my very favorites.  This was one of the best birthday presents I've ever received...
It means so much to me and I planted it where I can enjoy it every single day.

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

SCENES FROM A SPRING GARDEN

 Since there's not much growing around here I thought I'd share a few things that get lost in the
greenery of summer...  
These stone cats sit in my shade garden and often are disguised by the hostas that fill in behind them.  The garden is just starting to fill out and this spot has changed quite a bit since it was taken.

This curly - kinky branched tree often gets overlooked once someone sees the other gardens.
It a Contorted Filbert, also known as Harry Lauder Walking Stick.   Its one of my favorites.

The garden next to the patio is already filling out nicely.  It's the first to fill out since its against the side of the house and gets the warmth from the foundation.    Stop back in for more scenes to come.

Friday, April 22, 2016

ANOTHER DAY IN CHICKEN PARADISE


SOMEDAYS THERE IS NOTHING BETTER THAN A CHICKEN BUTT 

Monday, April 11, 2016

MEET LAVERNE


Introducing Laverne!  
Isn't she a beaut!!   She's quite vocal too.
The chickens are getting used to me and the routine we have.  I actually have a few that will take a treat from my hand,  They especially love Cherrios.

Wednesday, March 30, 2016

BACKYARD CHICKENS - A BRAND NEW ADVENTURE


It all started with this little chicken coop advertised on the bulletin board at work.  
I decided it was a sign, something I've wanted to do for along time.  And the price was right to start a little hobby. 

We got our chickens from his cousin who raises them.  He also raises miniature brahmas, donkeys, ducks and puppies. We planned on 4 - which ended up being 6 hens and one stately rooster. By the weekend I realized they didn't have enough room!  So we added on - hence the new red addition. 

After a week it was clear they needed an out of coop area - so we added on AGAIN!
This time we used fence panels and made a proper area for them to scratch around in on the days when we are home with them.  I painted the first coop with red trim to match the second addition.
We also added a rabbit hutch inside to give them another sheltered area.  I've already found an egg in there too!


We've only had them a few weeks and they already have a routine down pat.  They know when I come out they are getting a treat and come running to meet me.  They love to spend the day in the sunshine of their new fenced area and quickly line up to go in.  At mealtime about 6ish they are ready to go back in the coop to eat and for the night.

Here they are waiting for me to feed them!  They love their new home and owners and have blessed us with lots of eggs already.   Stayed tuned for more chicken news and to meet the cast of characters.
In the meantime - here is the king - Sir Charles our rooster...





Wednesday, March 23, 2016

A SURE SIGN OF SPRING


What a beautiful sight to see the other day - spring is certainly arrived with the sign of all the robins getting baths.  

This was my window view a month ago ... so happy to see spring!

Wednesday, March 2, 2016

ON THE HORIZON


Well, on my horizon at least! Just a few more days!!!

Wednesday, February 24, 2016

RAIN RAIN GO AWAY ... CALIFORNIA NEEDS IT MORE THAN WE DO!

This is what happens when we have two inches of rain on an already soggy yard...
Although this was taken this past summer our yard looked like just like this today - well except for the green!

Monday, February 22, 2016

LOOKING FORWARD

I've been so bad about keeping this blog up - not sure anyone even reads it anymore and I should just give it up.  But, something deep inside keeps nudging me to post again.
So here I go again.
If you read this post please leave me a comment so I know someone is!

I am sure everyone from this area is looking forward to spring as much as I am.
We had a tease of warm weather this weekend and walking down this very sidewalk I see signs of spring.  Little nubs of green trying to poke up.  In a few months the sidewalk will look close to the photo above. 
I can't wait!