42 birds, 5 kinds, nice new baby chicks. They are so cute, time to make a movie. We love the eggs and meat they provide. 9 Black Stars will be our new laying hens, 8 guineas for guard dogs and bug control, eat the rest. The Araucana chickens give blue and green eggs, my mom says they will class-up the place. The guineas got here two days before the baby chicks, that was all the time they needed to make the place their own. We put the chicks in the brooder house, and within an hour of being together one of the guineas decided that he was the boss. Running from one black star to the next, he would peck and grab hold of their feet to let them know he was the top chick in the house. I don’t know if he would have gone on to attack the rest of the chicks, so I decided it was time to separate him out. I put up a little gate and restricted him to the corner, giving him a couple hours of time out. Seemed to do the trick. We also changed out the light to a red bulb, who knew that white light would make them hostile.
For 22 years we’ve been looking for plants and flowers that the deer won’t eat. Most things get a big fence, 7.5 feet tall, that seems to do it. I can tell you our deer eat rhubarb, pumpkin plants, lilacs, and most other plants just fine. Our neighbor has nice Oriental Poppy plants, wow they look nice. Tomorrow were going to plant some Orange and Red Poppy plants. I’m so thrilled, I might plant them right in the middle of the lawn, why not.
Out of our kiln today we got 7 new large bowls, some of our finest pottery yet. I had fun carving some simple patterns on the sides, two of them had been squared off while still wet, making for a unique four sided bowls. During the summer friends will stop by for a paint party. We paint glaze for a few days and into the fire they go. We all paint-up a storm, sometimes we collaborate and everyone paints on the same piece. The more time we spent on each piece, the better they turnout. Must be at least 100 pieces of pottery we made thru the winter, ready to be finished-up this summer.
Walk just a little further down the trail and you’ll arrive at Deadwood Falls,
a beautiful 10-foot waterfall with deep, crystal clear pools of water above and below the falls.