Saturday, May 31, 2008

My Other Hobbies..

I have been gardening for quite some time. I am not going to claim to be a master gardener it is a learning experience every year. Bit by bit I am getting to know what works in our area. I love to go out there and just putz around for hours. I have quite the tan lines from my tank tops. I must admit I have neglected the inside of my house lately cause I spend so much time tending my garden and fixing the flower beds surrounding it. I have a dream of a nice cottage butterfly garden surrounding my over flowing veggie garden. I would love to have the whole back yard be planted in "rooms" with hidden spots and a beautiful (manmade) stream snaking through for the kids to explore in. But for now I am happy with my 20x22 foot garden area that I am slowly getting into shape. I have layed 23 bags of pea gravel so far and still need about 10 more. People always ask what I do to get my arms so toned, you lug around kids and pick up 40lb bags of dirt, mulch and gravel most days and you see how quick your arms look like Madonnas!!!! Here is a quick snapshot of the progress so far. I did more work tonight that I will take a picture of soon to post. I want to finish spraying my bistro set the lovely "seaside green" color and have the rest of the gravel spread first.

A quick note about the chickens. They are doing great and we are enjoying them more than I would have ever expected. The kids were feeding them bugs they were digging out of the dirt. They sure got a kick out of it. It is so much fun to look in at them and see what they are up to. My littlest guy LOVES to peer in through the side window which is why we have a paver block there. Guess I should look for a better foot stool so he can keep an eye on them!!

Tuesday, May 27, 2008

The Chicks are Here

The finished product. Dh put on the corner pieces tonight and they will be painted white. I will make my sign for the door tomorrow.

The "girls" having a look around at their new digs. I think they like it!!

We picked up the chickens last night and we got the coop done just in time. They are a lot of fun to watch. I think I found a new hobby. My DH did a great job building just what I wanted!!

Wednesday, May 21, 2008


So to add to my everyday craziness I am getting Chickens. Rhode Island Reds to be exact. We are building a coop for them this weekend. It is quite cute and I will post pictures of the finished product when we are done. I am so excited to be able to go out back and get fresh eggs. The Coop is going to look like a cottage complete with a window box and it will match the colors of our house. I am wanting to plant edible flowers in the window box. I emailed FiFi from Chez Fifi to find out how to write The Hen House in french for a sign I am making to hang on the main door. She is so sweet and emailed me right back with the answer, and I was right it does look so much nicer in french!! My garden is coming along nicely and I can't wait to get fresh veggies out of it.