Wednesday, June 11, 2008

My babies are growing up so fast

So Sooty, Smudge, Ebony and the gang are now 3 weeks old! I looked at the calendar this morning and realised how fast they've grown - and they are so much bigger - and hoovering through their chick crumb.
They appear to be 2 types...there are 4 quite big plain black ones and the other 5 are a mix of black and white - possibly got some Plymouth Barred Rock in them - we shall see.
By the way, they are inside our house, given the temperatures outside at the moment. This is endless amusement for both Phoebe and Luke, of course. We have a concrete floor in our 'sunken lounge' and the chickens are living in one corner now, which we've blocked off and they have layers of cardboard, newspaper and sawdust to keep them sanitary and a warm light bulb going 24/7 to keep their tiny bodies warm until all their feathers are grown.
This pic shows an amazing animal our Luke is. Is he waiting for them to fatten up? Does he think he's Mum? Are they friends? We are still trying to work it out. For hours he stands on the edge of that ledge, peering over extremely keenly. Now, when he has FOOD in front of him that he can't get to yet, he does what dogs do - he salivates in long slimy dribbles...yet he wi ll do this looking at the babies thing all night and no salivation. Twice he has fallen in, because he was watching so intently, and no casualties. And one evening, when we were out for about 5 hours, I think I forgot to shut the door between him and the chickens properly and he was there standing on the edge when we got home - and I had a panic and counted them quickly, feeling quite surprised to note that there were still 9 chickens cheeping happily from their pen!

An outdoor area begins...

or: "my herb garden withers"...only temporary, though - and look what we're getting!
We remembered that Rachel, from whom we bought our first 4 chooks, has a lovely husband, John, who has the job of maintaining the telephone lines around Gisborne...so we have managed to buy these cool old posts at a very reasonable rate - and they delivered them to us - out here at Morere!!!
Luke will soon be in quite upmarket digs - undercover even!! + given the amount of rain we've experienced lately - it is a necessary thing to give him a covered space he can live under, when outside.
I bought a rain meter yesterday when in Gisborne, so it will be interesting to begin recording - everyone here has been telling us this is very unusual and that we wouldn't normally expect rain like this until July...expect it like this ever?!

Phoebe's Cake Shop

What else does one do when one has no sandpit anymore, and oodles of...MUD!?
Well, that's easy - one makes delicious, oozy, dribbly, wet, grassy, muddy CAKES - that's what!
Apparently, the vanilla is the best and you might also be taken by the banana and blueberry...
I notice Rose and Sheepie are keeping very quiet about the whole thing...

Crafting in the Rain

Well, it has certainly been rather damp over the last couple of weeks...and for me that lent itself to a little crafting time. So these are a couple of the things I've been making lately.

Madamoiselles Mermaid and Monkey/Mermaid.
Both patterns are in a groovy craft book I found in the library called "Summercrafts" by Marjorie Galen.
I hope their new owners love them like I enjoyed making them. Phoebe of course wants one of each and then there'll be the need for a baby of each and then a Daddy of each to complete the family unit!