Brown Cochin eggs from our four chickens.
On Saturday Gene worked on the raspberry bed fence project and put up a second gate.
Gene stapling the chicken fencing to the bottom of the post.
I experimented with photographing some of our brown Cochin eggs in an antique bowl. I used a piece of fabric I bought at the thrift store when I thought might make a nice seat cover. I feel like I am a bit rusty with my “product photography” and it felt good to practice it again.
Double fencing on the south end of garden allows for two entry points; one in the vegetable garden and one in the raspberry patch.
Then our adult daughter Lisa arrived from North Carolina in the afternoon. She is a special education teacher and works in the high school near Charlotte, NC. It is her spring break so she took advantage of that time off of work to come back home to Michigan. We spent our day watching the chickens scratch and peck and chatting and catching up.
On Sunday we did our usual every two weeks trip to the recycle station and then ran Sassy at the SW Michigan’s land Conservancy’s Wau-kee-nau north. We keep a small recycle bin set up in our pole barn and take our recyclable papers, cans, glass to the townships recycle station about every two to three weeks.
Sassy overlooks gray and ice filled Lake Michigan.
Lake Michigan is still partially frozen and dark gray in color. We did see a large flock of Goldeneye ducks in the water – these birds are very hardy and on their migration south for breeding. This is always a thrill for my husband the waterfowl hunter.
The three sisters, birch trees in a meadow.
It’s still pretty cold here in SW Michigan, some nights have been 10 some 30 degrees and day around 40 degrees. During the day we let the chickens out to free range in the almost completed raspberry bed. We are still supervising them as one end remains to be completed.
A wooden bench for resting overlooking the Lake Michigan.
I’ve also been working on and off on stick picking up and lawn raking. I’ve already raked up much of the pine cones from our pine trees. I am just getting a tiny head start on our massive spring clean-up work on the days the weather cooperates.
I’ve been reading a fun new book this week, Chickens in the Garden. I am really enjoying this book not only for its chicken information and its amazing photographs. I know how hard it is to get high quality photographs of moving objects.
Small House Homesteader and chicken keeper, Donna