Whew, I have had a very busy 3 weeks since my last posting. Hopefully things will be getting back to normal now. I am still trying to finish the painting of my chicken coop. Have all sides done except the west side, which is always in the sun when I finally get around to painting. We did get the fly pen attached, and the chickens are now cozily in their new "digs" and loving them. We will give them a few days to adjust before we let them out in the fly pen to explore their new world. Eventually they will be free roaming chickens and just come back to their coop to sleep at night and be fed.
Pictures of the coop on the outside. We used metal frame, I forget what it is called, but no need for painting or will not rot.
Pictures of the inside.
We put up 6 nest boxes.
Last weekend we attended the Estes Park Wool Festival. The weather was in the upper 40's low 50's and was raining intermittently. The fog was settling down around the mountains. Estes Park is one of the most beautiful areas that I have ever been to.
The indoor vendors were one of the highlights of the events, after all the fur/fleece/wool growing livestock. Some of the animals at the festival were Yaks, goats(cashmere, and angora), angora rabbits, alpacas, llamas, paco-vicunas, and all kinds of sheep breeds that I don't even know what they are called.
Here are some novelty yarns that were so colorful, the picture does not do them justice. I wish that I had taken more pictures of some of the yarns that they had on display, they were truly inspirational for me, now, I have a few more projects that I have added to my "to do " list.
There were angora goats being judged, they produce mohair fiber. .
Two cute little angora goats waiting to be judged.
Also Jacob sheep judging. They can have up to 5 horns coming out of their heads. Wow!I particularly like their 3 color coats, what a yarn that would make spun up!
Also cashmere goats were on view, they had some of the softest coats I have ever felt. "!
This is a picture of two cashmere goats, it gives new meaning to the phrase"got your back covered".
Well anyway, I could go on and on about the wool festival. I will be going back for sure next year.
On the way out of town, we had to check out the Big Thompson River, which was at flood stage. Not much farther to go before it would spill out of its banks. There was some sand bagging being done on some of the sidewalks near businesses. Imagine being lulled to sleep every night by the sounds of a raging river, right off your deck!
Some of the other highlights of my 3 weeks off.
Our grandson Brady is here for 12 days as his mother is down on the beaches in Mexico getting married on the beach. He has proven to be a great helper here on the farm. Who says a 14 year old boy can't work! Here he is painting the floor of the chicken coop, he has been a godsend for us in helping with chores, especially the carrying of water buckets. There is nothing that can wear a person out like the toting of water!
Quiet time out in the garden and out with the animals. Always enjoyed by the two of us.
Dennis and I with quite time with our animals and gardens.Spring is so beautiful here in colorado. the air is fresh cool and clean smelling.
Pictured are some of our flowers. I really missed green when living down in AZ, the smell of fresh cut grass, and iris.
We also received our guinea keets, they are my favorite yard birds. Only a few days old right now, but they grow fast and will be on bug and rattle snake patrol before the end of the summer.
The dark colored keets are normal pearl guinea, the lavendar color are well, lavenders, and the lavender with white wings are lavender pieds, and we also have a few white keets. It will be a colorful flock when fully feathered. No little helmets on them yet.
And last but not least, here is LuLu, always ready to assume the position for a good belly rub.