Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Homestead Happenings 4

I have enjoyed having Hannah to help share my posts with you. But she will be going to her new home this June when the qualified entry will be drew. So I have decided I will need a doll for future posts. Emma has been in my sewing basket a very long time. So she has come out of the sewing basket and will be getting prim dresses to show off in those future posts. There is still time for you to have a chance to be the one to give Hannah her new home. Just click on her in my right side bar picture of Hannah to find out the details.
Hannah and I got our things together for sowing our seeds for the hanging garden since we last blogged.
Some are growing at a much more speed than others.
Scrap boards from the window framing were used to build this shelf to fit my sewing baskets. 
We visited a tractor show and flea market this past weekend. I found an amber bowl to match the one I broke. Now I have a complete set once again.  I had to take a picture of this  fine creature  in the barn yard before we left. 
It has been raining and a bit cold so there is not much to do in the garden's. The ducks enjoy the rain and puddles. However the chickens like their nice dry house these rainy days. For Topaz and I we like curling up under a warm coverlet watching  movies and napping while Sam is at school.

Thursday, April 24, 2014

Homestead Happenings 3

The gazebo has been swept out of left over leaves from last fall. The chickens are roaming the gardens enjoying what sunny days we have been blessed to have lately.Our potatoe beds are ready for planting. I have decided to also plant bell peppers along side of our potatoes.As yet we have not been able to continue the rock sidewalk around the gardens. Still waiting for a response to a request for unwanted tin roofing. 
Topaz is enjoying the outdoors more these days. The old skid has been removed and the rocks have been put in place. As for our old porch it will have to continue to serve us for now. Many years ago we reclaimed this old wood porch from a near by neighbor who removed it from a building on their property. I have hopes to spruce it up a bit with some porch paint. That can be a project for Sam when school let's out for summer. My plans for the out house tool shed have been put on hold for now. 

Hannah has received two confirmed entries for her new home. Hannah and I would like to thank you at this time. If you are reading my blog for the first time in awhile you will have some catching up to do to find out about how you may qualify to have a chance to give her a new home this June. Just click her pitchure in my right side bar to read all about it and enter if you like. I am very much looking forward to get more under way at my summer therapy in the gardens. 

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Homestead Happenings 2

Hannah and I were so excited to receive our first donation in the mailbox today and this lovely card with such thoughtful kind word . Thank you Lecia so much. She asked will this be my new address? Well you know we have to wait for the drawing to know your new address. Don't Forget She Could Be Yours. Information is a click away in my right sidebar. 
The weather was nice enough to clean both feathered friends houses today. Can you believe Hannah wanted no parts of this. She stayed inside and took a herself a nap.

I found this is a great way to hide the modern dog kennel and provide shade for the furry friends. So here is my hanging garden on the dog kennel I mentioned to you. With zip ties the shoe organizers are attached to the frame. I am cutting the bottoms out of plastic soda bottles to put in the pockets before putting the soil in. The pockets dry out fast in the sun so I thought by adding the plastic bottoms some water will not escape. The wood platform was a wood skid with a piece of thick wood added to it. It is a recycle item to. This is the start of a second outhouse for garden tools. The one you have seen in past garden posts is not tall enough for tools so it is used for creature food storage.
These wash tubs will serve as my planting station. I am mixing soil and sand to fill the pockets of the hanging garden. The ground will be covered with more rocks. This is our little dog Chicho under foot. 
Topaz had her hoody on waiting for me to hurry up. She was getting tired and wanted to go in and take her afternoon nap. After all celebrated  her second birthday this week and needed her catch up sleep. So off we went to cuddle. Til Next Time Blessings!

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Homestead Happenings 1

Hannah has been keeping a watch over our new ducklings since we added them to our homestead.
Hannah thought we might do some baking using our fresh eggs gathered from the chicken coop.
Out side the grown ducks have found the garden pond once again this spring. No fear of them eating the fish this year. This has been the coldest winter we have had since Lucas put our pond in and when it thawed out our fish and frogs were dead.
Bagging up all the cans for recycling. This will provide the funds to buy new feeder fish and  some plants.
Sidewalks are still in progress as weather permits. However this is the last of the tin roofing we have for mow. We are searching our local area for used tin. It is the time of year some are replacing their roofs. Wish me luck finding some fast. Also looking for grandchildren to take a bucket each and gather more rocks to lay on the tin and my grown kidos to find the large rocks to outline and hold the little rocks in. The sidewalks will surround the out side of the garden beds and hopeful in the future a wood rail fence will be put up. This will allow the dogs a nice size area to roam about and be in the gardens with me.
Last year I scarfed these scalloped bricks. We had enough to do half the length of this garden bed and we are scouring locally for more to finish. Between the rock boarder and the scalloped bricks we will be planting tatters if weather allows for Sam to dig the dirt up soon.

As you may have guessed by now we try and find things for free that are used that others gladly give away for clean up. So between give away material, material from mother nature, recycling and the donations from Hannah this is the plans for adding to my dream garden. Thankfully Sam and the grandkids work for very very cheap wages. So don't forget Hannah Could Be Yours. Click on her in my right sidebar to read all about how. All this is helping me to continue on with the garden as Lucas and I did. I do miss him working along side me and all the fun we had together. My therapist suggested that I find something I enjoyed once and that Lucas and I did together to give me the comfort of him. I hope to soon show you all the hanging garden and dog kennel area with seed planting area. Til next time blessings to you all.