2011年5月21日土曜日

nice to see you!



My gardening ideal is a great big free-for-all where kids and veggies and flowers and animals roam as they wish throughout the yard in safety and pleasure. Therein lies the problem though- how to keep everyone happy and safe? We get weasels, and foxes, and monkeys, and the odd snake and wild boar. Every house in the neighbourhood seems to have their own collection of semi-stray cats. Semi-stray in that they are fed but in all other ways are left tofend for themselves. There's also a road out the front and frequently sprayed apple orchards out the back. So yeah, complete freedom is not really anoption. We started with a small converted shed as a chook cage. Then I decided they needed a larger run and added an extension. Then I decided even that was a little pitiful. So as of this weekend they are freeeeeeeee. Well almost. I'm pretty sure my neighbours would not be keen on poultry visitors. So we have a roll of bird net that I unroll over a large area of the back yard (somewhere with no seeds or baby seedlings!) and while we are at home they are free to scratch and dig and peck to their hearts content. The chooks love it, it makes me happy to see and Meg and Amy are in seventh heaven as they finally have pets to play with!

And as you can see the chooks are so tame they really do come over right where the girls are playing.

K is the least happy with this and it's just because the chooks like sitting on his boots as he cuts wood to be first in line for whatever grubs come out of the wood. Poor K is so worried he'll hurt them he spends a good amount of time trying to reason with them about the danger. He's having slightly more success than I am reasoning with Amy about using real glass in the house she's building....

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