It's a beautiful day out today. The perfect day to clean. I started with the rabbits, of course. Cleaned out all the cages and brought the bottles in to soak. I can wait to take them back out and start using them instead of bowls! I took the bucks and my two babies out to the pens for some fresh air and exercise. This is the first time the babies were outside.
While I was working on that my husband was cutting alders. He cut out from around the chicken run and inside of it. He also started to cut out around an old apple tree we have. I'd like to get in there and trim the poor thing up. On to the chicken coop. I scraped it all out, changed out the hay, filled up the feeder and switched the bowl out for the waterer. Somewhere along the line they got out. And enjoyed every minute of it.
The hens went in on their own, but the rooster needed a little coaxing. Then he tried to attack me.
I pickes him up and carried him around for a while. I'm hoping we're friends now.
I wanted to BBQ steak this afternoon, but after closer inspection, the barbecue we bought last year is completely broken. I decided to start a fire and clean up some of the broken tree limbs laying all over the ground from the winter. We go through the same thing every year. The Scots Pine that line the driveway fall apart. I've decided that they create way more work than they are worth. I just can't see spending hours a day cleaning up after them every year. We have 3 acres of land here and everything needs tending. Why make it more difficult. There are four on the driveway and I'd like to cut down the two centre ones and plant a Maple tree instead.
Meanwhile my husband was raking up all the rocks off the lawn that belong in the driveway. A product of snow removal, I guess. And he weeded one side of our 40 foot walkway. Which he hates. And wants to rip up.
Went to check on my flower gardens. My Stargazers have not started to come up yet, but it looks like I'll soon have pansies. And, my Hollyhocks are also growing. This is the second year for them, so they should have flowers this year!
After I got most of the limbs cleaned up, I went to the garden. I bought a hand tiller from Home Hardware (because my gardens are raised) and started to mix in all the rabbit manure that had been on top of it for most of the winter. I only got one done before deciding I was too tired to continue.
Now I'm in the house relaxing with my cat and dog, contemplating going back out to work on the flower garden or wash my car. Ah, maybe tomorrow. I'll be back, got to put the laundry away.
Some of my plants are growing beautifully. Some of them have died. Some never grew at all. I've got a few nice black tomatoe plants. Dahlias are doing well. Some nice coleus. And the cucumbers. Oh, my! I've got one cherry tomato plant left. The peppers are doing fine. I had one echinacea come up, and then it died. One poppy started to come up, then that also does. Ganzias didn't come up at all. Pretty disappointed. Some of those seeds were expensive. My friends aren't having any better luck with theirs. But here's what I got so far!