Thanks for all of your visits during the studio tour, I know I've shown the room dozens of times before, so I wondered if anyone would even care to see it again. I tried to post photos of different parts of the room than in the past, but some of it was a bit repetitive.
Sugarwings was with me almost every day last week, and luckily we had a break in the weather and were able to enjoy the outdoors for a change. Although, I'm not sure if the cooler air was really cool enough for gloves....
We like to sit in the garden, under an archway covered in vines. In the past, I used to trim them, but now, we let them grow wild and crazy, so that we have an enclosed area to play in. Its shady and cozy. When we sit under the low hanging branches, we feel like we are hidden away in a world of our own. Its a good spot for picnics, hiding from ogres, and for weddings.
Of course, ask me about mid- January when I have to slosh through drifts of snow to go take care of the birds a couple times a day, if I still love them as much.
The chickens are NOT doing their job of eating enough of the bugs. So far, they've been great with grasshoppers in the flower beds, and we've not had to use any pesticides at all in our veggie garden. But they haven't eaten a single chigger from the yard. We are all suffering from chigger attacks, and Sugarwings and I have tried to play only on the paved or gravel areas to avoid getting chewed up.
We are hoping to buy some Guinea fowl, they are champion chigger eaters, but we can't find any full grown hens around to buy.
Every time I wake up at 3am scratching, I swear I'd pay a fortune to own a couple chigger eating birds. Anyone know where I can find some?
But this year is the worst I've ever seen for pests. I suspected it would be when we had such a glorious, mild winter. As much as I hate snow and cold, it serves a purpose, and does help keep the bugs down.
So, I'll try to remember that when I feel like complaining about going out to take care of hens in the cold this winter. It probably won't shut me up, though, I most likely will still grumble about the cold.