Rounded

Dew drops on my pumpkin.

WPC – rounded

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Glow

May the nights always be aglow

with the bliss of the day

with unharmed hands and feet

and kissed cheeks.

Sanober Khan, A Thousand Flamingos

The glow of an October evening on Lake Champlain, in Burlington, VT. Photo taken October 2016.

Doors of Shelburne Farms聽

Even though it was technically closed for the season (no admission charged 馃榾), we managed a good walk on the grounds of Shelburne Farms yesterday.


This is a charitable education organization, with a campus that is a 1400 acre working farm, forest and National Historic Landmark on the shores of Lake Champlain, Vermont. 

 
This magnificent farm barn houses, among other things, the cheesemaking facility, offices  … 


And a bakery, which was open! (Yes, we bought one of those warm from the oven loaves) … and … through these doors…


A school!! A kindergarten to Grade 8 school!  


Imagine being a kid who gets to go to school IN A BARN!!  Or his teacher! I think that would be my dream teaching job. 


This farm barn is just magnificent!




Just past the barn, the trail took us through the woods. We went past a sugar shack – the doors shut – all ready and waiting for the late winter maple sugaring season. 



A little further along, we came across the Coach House.



Here, the door was open, inviting us in to view an interesting art exhibition. 

Then it was on to the Inn. It appears that the main house of the original estate is now the Inn and Restsurant. It was closed for the season, but tempting for another time. 



I might have to come back again sometime. In season. 

Linked with Norm’s Thursday Doors 

Full of Care

So. 聽We are renovating the chicken coop.

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We are effectively doubling the size of the fully insulated, winter cozy, multi windowed coop. This, at a time of year when we simply do have a spare moment to take on an extra project. 聽All because we have broken our cardinal rule: do not become too attached to chickens! 聽Or, in this case, hen. 聽That sweet little Phoenix hen was my gardening companion all summer. And I grew to love her. I like to think she feels the same, but who knows?

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If you recall, we introduced a new flock of babes to our one remaining hen last Spring. 聽(Click here to read that sad tale: Garden Share – July) 聽 That flock grew to produce four roosters, and everyone knows that’s at least 3 too many. We were especially disappointed to realize that both of the Silkies are fellas. 聽But it is the two Australorp guys that are bothering that sweet little hen – driving her to distraction, and causing us some real concern for her health. 聽Those guys could really hurt her in their enthusiasm. 聽For the past couple of weeks I have been keeping her in a dog kennel in the barn and only allowing her to free range when the other crowd stays in. 聽But that is far from an ideal situation. 聽With the weather turning cold, I worried she was cold at night, all alone like that. 聽And I feared she was getting lonesome. 聽We knew we had to make some decisions.

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The solution is two of the roosters will have to go: one Ausralorp Roos and a Silkie. 聽We’d need two separate coops: one for the Australorp family and one for the Phoenix, Silkie, Houdan crowd. 聽 Oh my, what a racket!

My carpenter (and mate) was home just for the weekend (between business trips) – and the rush was on! 聽Once started, it was important to get it done quickly and have every bird secure by mid-day Monday. 聽By early Monday morning, conversation went a little like this: Him: “Janet, I don’t think we can do it! 聽I don’t this we can make it!” 聽Me: “just focus on one task at a time…… focus! What do you want me to do?”

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Which is how I got the exciting job of removing nails from boards. 聽I learned, the hard way, to take care not to kneel on this upturned nails. 聽And I tried not to comment (too often) about poses such as this which include too many blades and limbs.

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In spite of all that, or maybe because of it – it’s amazing what can be accomplished with a firm deadline, we managed to finish to the point in which all birds are secure for the week. 聽This weekend we will insulate and finish the interior. 聽They will be snug and ready for winter … And no one will be sleeping in the dog house.

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So, that’s how we came to be renovating the chicken coop.

weekly photo challenge: careful