Hello dear friends.
Last week was a busy one!
Hubby has been organising things so he can get the cement floor laid in the shed this coming Monday and Tuesday. Finally we are nearing the end of this long drawn out process. Maybe some other jobs will get done around here from now on ~ wink, wink!
It has been hot most of the week except for Wednesday when it was a little cooler. It was 38C (100.4F) on Friday. Yesterday was a little humid with clouds and thunderstorms kicking around.
Yesterday was also a good day for snakes! There were two in our chicken coop. Hubby almost trod on one as it slithered in through the trap door just as hubby walked across the pen. I dont know who got the biggest fright, but I heard hubby yell at the top of his lungs "SNAKE!!"
We have three broody hens sitting on eggs out there and it is a bit concerning to know that we have more snakes than usual around. Looks like we will need to be more vigilant from now on. We lost one of our hens to snake bite last year...
Here's what else we have been up to...
We made more wicking barrels.
We laid out the shade cloth and while I measured and cut, hubby wrapped it around the pipe and zip tied it securely.
Later we took the barrels out to the garden area and set them up.
Put the pipe in...
Drilled a hole and put in a grommet and drain plug...
Put a cover over the drainage plugs. This stops any dirt blocking it up.
Next we added some shade cloth. This stops dirt from mixing with the rocks.
Added some straw,
then some soil and plants.
I will add mulch on top now and they are all ready J
I finally transferred the rhubarb plant and it is looking good so far. I might trim the leaves back to give it more energy to start off.
And here are the barrels all in a row.
Eighteen all up with another five more to go.
Our fruit trees are doing well...
We have mulberries,
with baby grapes,
lots of baby apricots...yum, yum!
The fig tree has sprung to life.
I was being watched very early one morning while I tended the veggie garden.
Every now and then this happens.
One of our girls laid this teeny tiny egg.
Another vintage find...
We went into our local fish and chip shop the other night and they sell all sorts of odds and sods in there. Hubby was delighted to find this bread box to match the rest of his set.
A yummy cereal crumb slice using the leftovers of cereal from the bottom of the box...recipe here.
A baby sleepy lizard.
We have a lot of these around this year too.
If anyone says you wont get snakes if you have these lizards around, does not know what they are talking about.
We have both!
During the week we had visits from two of our nieces and their children. They were visiting while on the school holiday break.
On Wednesday we took them to our daughters little farm in nearby Quorn.
Here is their ever growing goat family...
And horse family...
Another wee baby.
This mare is in foal. She is due any day now. The blue gadget is an alarm that lets you know when she starts to foal.
Cousins enjoying time together...
We had a quick sun shower of rain when a storm passed through yesterday.
Followed by a beautiful rainbow. Can it get better than that?
Maybe a bit more rain would have been nice J
Wishing you all a great week ahead!