Monday, February 23, 2009

Soggy Chickens and Wet Afternoons

Today was a nice soggy day. The older kids were at Pomerelle for their last day of skiing (hopefully getting snow- not rain) and that meant Heidi, Reagan and I stayed home to do school, laundry and make cinnamon rolls. This afternoon I stepped outside to check to see if I needed to give the hens more protection from the rain. The little kids followed me sporting their collection of pink parasols and helped collect eggs.
It actually felt quite spring-like with everything dripping wet instead of frozen solid and Heidi asked if we could go for a walk. Now the strange thing is that if the weather had been nice, I bet I would have said, "No, I was planning on finishing a sewing project this afternoon." But instead, because it was grey and raining I said "Sure!"
We walked over to the pond and listened to the rain falling on it. Then we ambled down to the river where we saw geese and ducks and deer tracks and noticed the place we swim at in the summer is certainly gloomy looking in the winter.
Reagan's umbrella has seen better days....
Did you know we have aquired a rooster? We didn't really want a rooster, but once you have chickens I guess everyone figures you must want more. (Actually, I do want more chickens but I am interested in the egg laying variety.) And so, we have a rooster and we've named him Bill. :-) He is quite a character. He free ranges and sleeps in the pine tree above the rabbit hutch.

5 comments:

MisoMama said...

Your roster just wanders around? Are they pretty good a protecting themselves and finding shelter?

sariah said...

Bill seems to be the self-sufficient sort. He escaped from his cage one night and we came home to find him roosting on the rabbit hutch. We put him in with the hens after that, but then we worried that the hens might get too much attention from him. :-) But then we thought, hey, why not let him roam for now, until there is stuff growing in the garden. So ever since he sleeps in the pine tree. We don't mind if he wanders because he doesn't lay eggs that would be hard to find if they were laid all over the place. AND, because we really didn't ask for him in the first place I guess we aren't so worried if he disappears. We'd miss him though.

Tana said...

I would have for sure told my kids no, and yet it seems charming to walk and listen to the rain. You are a good example. Thanks.

MamaJ said...

I guess you could always, um, eat him if he got to be annoying. Ha, unless the kids are attached that is! Hey, I posted about making a longer skirt, if you're interested. :)

Kristy Lou said...

We definitely need to come over this summer so my kids can experience non-city life. Pull out your calendar 'cause I might be calling to set up a vacation weekend!!