Monday, May 26, 2014

This and That



It's been a busy, busy week and it doesn't show signs of slowing down any time soon. We  hit the ground running when we returned from our trip to Vancouver. The Frenchman continued working on the coop construction and I got in the garden. I'm keeping it simple this year and have made a few minor changes to the layout that should yield good results. 

The weather was shockingly hot last week, hitting 30 degrees Celsius. When you consider that we had a blizzard three weeks ago, it seems even more extreme. Nevertheless, I'm not complaining. 

The goldfinch have returned in droves and are enjoying the birdseed and water we put out for them. So cheerful with their brilliant yellow plumage, I love to watch them from my kitchen window. 

Unfortunately, it's a very bad year for ticks and my poor dog, Willow, is suffering the most. I removed 11 of the horrid creatures off her one night alone. I've given her medication to help control them and it seems to be working. Oddly enough, our cat never gets them. She routinely rolls around in the dirt and I'm inclined to think that has something to do with it.

Our chicks arrive on Friday of this week and we're looking forward to their arrival. We still have lots to do before we can really draw a breath, so I'll be in and out as time allows.

Have an awesome week, Friends!

*Incidentally, the photo above was taken one evening while we were walking the streets of Vancouver. It's an incredibly modern city, however, wonderful examples of heritage architecture still exist. This clock tower is part of a very upscale shopping mall downtown, which, oddly enough, also houses a few government offices.

9 comments:

altadenahiker said...

11 ticks? Good lord! Can't wait to see the chicken palace all finished.

Carolynn Anctil said...

Karin: That was just one day, too. The medication seems to be doing the trick though, thank God! I'll share photos once the curtains have been hung and the Vacancy sign is out. *grin*

Sharon said...

I'm always glad to hear when a city has managed to blend the old with new architecture. I hope those chicks know what a caring home they're for ~

Carolynn Anctil said...

Sharon: I like seeing a blend of old and new, too. There's a certain charm inherent in the older buildings. As for our hens, they're going to be high society chicks, for sure. ;o)

Catherine said...

Booo ticks!! Yuck!
How many more sleeps until the chicks arrive?? ;)
xo Catherine

Jen Vandervoort said...

I bet you are doing the happy chicken dance all over that coop, what fun.

Can't wait to see pics of the new babies.

Jen

JaneK said...

Yay :-)

Bobbybegood1 said...

how did i miss this post? sorry to hear about willow. i thought she doesnt go out much? fantastic pic of tower. love that clock. cheers!!

Bobbybegood1 said...

how did i miss this post? sorry to hear about willow. i thought she doesnt go out much? fantastic pic of tower. love that clock. cheers!!

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