Sunday was Mother’s Day and I was spoiled so much! Paul gave me a lovely card and ordered us a beautiful breakfast. It was yummie! He also surprised me with a wonderful present: a cute little barbeque that works with charcoal. I can’t wait to try it out on the deck of the cabin.
In the afternoon I went to the cabin with a lot of stuff that Paul had put in the back of the truck for me. Buckets of compost material from home, the big ladder, a plant holder , pieces of wood that were in the basement collecting dust and taking up space, and some chicken wire. The truck was full!
After a coffee on the deck, I unloaded the truck, and then went to the little pasture to do some more manure cleaning. I thought only one pile to do, but of course I discovered another pile. This is the real last pile that I still have to do. Hahaha. A lot of poop! We had some good rain past Wednesday and I noticed that everything was so much greener already. It also helped the manure I spread out before to get into the ground. The pasture is looking really great.
After a break I decided to check the fence in the woods. Ugh. It was broken at two places and I had to organize all the loose wires to put it along the trees where it goes into the insulators. Lots of insulators broke off so I will have to put new ones in. It took me an hour to get all the loose wires ready to be re-connected again. To connect them again, Paul will help me. It’s not difficult to repair it, but it is something you can’t do alone that easy. In a way it’s good this happened. I know now where the weak spots are and can make them extra strong this time. In the future I will change the fence line though. Bring it more to the front instead of this deep in the woods. The horses won’t loose much for trees if I do. But it will make it easier to repair something when needed. Now I have to climb up to a hill and it’s a steep angle at most places.
I really loved the walk along side the fence line though. Scruffy walked all the way with me. When I first went to the pasture, she wasn’t sure if she wanted to come with me. She was tired and warm. I just left and after five minutes she was suddenly next to me. She decided she rather stayed with me. So cute! She seemed to enjoy our walk and even went into the ravine behind the fence. She must have scared a skunk because I suddenly could smell the odour real strong. Lucky she wasn’t hit by the spray. It’s a hard smell to get rid off. I cleaned up some manure on the walk too, but there wasn’t much. It was unexpectedly clean on the little paths the horses had created the fall before. There are some amazing nice spots in the big pasture where lanes are formed and creating very sheltered spaces, surrounded by young trees with new bright green leaves. So beautiful.
When I came back to the cabin, I noticed this little Eastern Phoebe bird flying towards the overhang of the back of the cabin. And yes, it is nesting right above my bedroom window! I didn’t put in a soffit yet and this tiny bird took advantage of it to build a nest where it is sheltered for rain and wind. I hope the babies will fly out before my cats will come back to the acreage. Dizzy knows how to climb up to the wall of the cabin. She used to hide herself underneath the little space of the overhang.
I had made a bird bath of a bowl and put in a few rocks so the birds can sit on those while splashing away. Now I put the bird bath into the plant holder, so it is from the ground. I hope the birds will start using it. I made a picture of a big hawk that was flying over the pasture while I was working. It’s not the most clear picture, because he disappeared so fast behind the high trees. But it was really nice to see him flying.
Before I left I cleaned up a little bit in the yard. The winds of the past few days had blown a lot of stuff around. Another time I will have to take back the broken plastic water bottles and some other big things to take it to the dump in town. Scruffy was totally ready to go home. She was SO tired! Hahaha! We both sure enjoyed our afternoon.