Sunday, December 27, 2015

The Owl

Another gift I couldn't post until Christmas. I like this one.



Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Early Gifts

I've been busy in the shop out yonder. So much, this island the whoa-man requested had to come inside. I just have no room left to maneuver big stuff. Still needs some work and paint but, it's usable, now. 

I made the base of this using 2 x 4 lumber. Rip, strip and glue pieces together as required.

There are other gifts I can't post, yet. The whoa-man might just see them.

I'll post the finished island when it happens. She's yet to pick the paint; that comes with the entire kitchen repainting.


Thursday, December 17, 2015

Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas and all that good stuff. 

Nothing fancy. I put it off as long as I could.

After my big table saw died I built this home made one using an old skilsaw. It worked out great, too. However, the other day the bearing seized up and it died. With a birthday and Christmas the whoa-man bought me a new (real) table saw. Now, I have a portable table for another of my tools. 
Oh. I made my first sale in my Esty shop. Yeehaw!

The Out Yonder Project

Thursday, November 26, 2015

Thanksgiving and the Whoa-man's Bday.

The bird barn was gathering dust and taking up too much space in the shop. I gave it a light paint and mounted it on a fence post. Blocking the squirrel's route to their nest. Go around!

An intarsia butterfly for the whoa-man's birthday. Easy and pretty fun to make. 
Hope all had a happy thanksgiving.

Thursday, November 19, 2015

Monday, November 16, 2015

More Projects/Gifts

The whoa-man has been searching magazines and catalogs for Christmas gifts - mostly small items. She finds something of wood she likes and I set to making it.


In for her review. She likes it but, now she's found something else. "If you don't want to make any more boxes, how about one of these?"  I may start building it, today.

...and the list keeps growing.

Then, I have my own ideas...


Always something to do, Out Yonder.

Monday, November 9, 2015

It's a Mushroom

For years we've watched this fungus grow from our backyard tree. The whoa-man did a little research.  It's an edible mushroom! Who knew? Endangered in the UK. Doubt I'd eat it anyway.



Haven't posted any chicken pics in a long time. All of them have reverted to wild. Won't let me get too close. (even Mags) Not much time for them, anyway. Took a pic the other day. Goose in molt. She's quieted down a lot but, still an idiot and bottom of the pecking order.




Tuesday, October 20, 2015

When The Food Runs Out...

Fall. The end of the growing season. Harvest time. Not just for plants but, for predators.

We're no strangers to predator attacks and loss of chickens. We've had our share. Raccoons, possums and hawks have all visited at one time or another. The coons and hawks have successfully scored from us, too. But, today won't be one of those days.

When I'm using the computer I periodically look out the window to a place out yonder. Out yonder where the chickens hang out. This year, perhaps last, I rebuilt the enclosed pen for my birds. Two years ago I thought is was time for the birds to have their freedom and removed the enclosures - setting them free to frolic in the backyard. The coons and hawks devastated my flock of Polands and I had learned a lesson. No more free-range without me being close at hand. No more keeping the coops opened/unsecured at night, either.

This morning, just after daybreak, I took a glance out the window. Out yonder, where the chickens are having their morning water and feed. I saw a familiar figure standing boldly in front of Gordon and the Banty Barn. Intent on grabbing some early chow, he stalked around. Looking for an opening. A way to fill his growling belly. Hoping today's menu would be chicken. I snapped a horrible picture of him and watched several minutes. He flew up on top of the run. He walked round and round. No luck for him, today. My defenses proved worthy. The early bird may get the worm. But, not my chickens. I'm the Seinfeld Soup Nazi. 'no chicken for you.'

No sooner did I open the back door, he was gone. Beat feathers to another spot. Perhaps, hiding in the trees but, I think he's moved on for today. I went out and told everybody it was safe. The banties came out and sampled some old meal worm/beetle carcasses. The big girls are still holed up in the coop. Scared. Making the danger sounds. The hawk had herded them some from outside the fence until they went inside. They're still pretty spooked.

So, it's that time of year again. Food is getting harder to find and my yard is a favored eatery. The chickens will be safe from flying predators. Haven't had any land predators yet. Hopefully, won't. One thing is for sure, Higgins will have a bodyguard for a few days when he goes out to soil the trees and fertilize the yard.


He was here last week snooping around also. Better pictures in a past post - 13 Oct 2015

Monday, October 19, 2015

Shutter to Crates

Our old shutters have seen better days - the bottoms are rotting away. Being louvered, the slats are perfect for building crates. And, that's what I'm doing. I'll build a different style shutter for the house, soon.







Saturday, October 17, 2015

Monday, October 12, 2015

Fall. Mealworms. Etsy.

The mornings are getting cooler. Evenings, too. Depressing. I know winter is close at hand.

I bought and hung half a small pumpkin for both sets of girls. They ate the seeds but, have pretty much left the rest of it to rot. Perhaps, it's too hard? I'll leave it for a bit.

We'd had an indoor fly problem, off and on. Couldn't figure where they were coming from. One day going to feed the meal worms we found out. Baby flies everywhere. I took the drawer outside, let the flies out and covered it with screen. That only trapped the little ones. Solved our problem in the house but, it took its toll. I found maggots in the corners and a bunch of my worms/beetles were dead. I made a new drawer, picked out several handfuls of beetles and began anew. The old bedding and remainder of living (and dead) went to the outside feed bin in Gordon.

A new product in my Etsy shop.





Ordered some supplies of paint brushes and daubers for an easier and uniformed look. More to come.


Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Bandsaw Piddling/Etsy

I happened upon this reindeer on YouTube. Gave it a shot. We like it. I'll make more.

The whoa-man wanted some small folding step stools for co-worker's chillren. We found a pattern online and I got to it. 


My chicken family. 
I've sold a few things on Ebay. (none of the above, yet) But, they charge a 5% fee for my sale price AND   5% for shipping, too. Then Paypal gets an additional 3%. Killing me. I looked into Etsy and decided to open a store with them. $0.20 listing fee and 3.5% sale fee. By-passing Paypal, I save 6.5%. Researching Esty, I found sale prices are extremely high, too. But, people are paying them. My stuff costs me little to nothing so...why not? Here it is -> Out Yonder

Course, if a blog follower would like something, we can make a different deal.  ;)

It rained here 15 days in a row. Yesterday, we finally saw the sun. We were nowhere near what South Carolina received but, still - Every. Day. Rain. Is no fun. Drying out...

The girls are all fine. Chatty and Lacey stayed broody all summer. Left Mags to the egg laying. Esther's the only one laying on the big girl's side. Alice quit last year (hasn't laid since) Goose is heavy in the molt.

That's about it, around here.

Friday, September 25, 2015

Ladder Step Stool

Been doing a whole lot of nothing, lately. The whoa-man wanted some ladder step stools for co-workers children. Looked at a plan on You Tube and did it my way. 




Also, went out last night to lock the birds up. The banties were still out. All of them. Unusual. As I approached they were clucking and fussing. I saw Chatty on the ramp and figured they were about to go to roost. I was right. However, one of them had closed the door to the barn and nobody could enter. I did see a squirrel inside the run earlier. Wonder if he closed it? Anyway, I was scolded by Chatty as I opened the door for them. 

That is all. 

Sunday, September 13, 2015

Not Today, Bucko!

Merlin came in for an up-close visit. The big girls were hidden under their coop, while the banties were tucked safely inside their barn.  So long sucker.




Thursday, August 13, 2015

The Mother Lode

I've been letting the big girls run the yard some and Goose has found the mother lode of wild bird seed. The other two have no clue.

Short Video

Thursday, July 23, 2015

A Few Pictures

Gardening has been slow this year. 

Had to replant the squash after the vine borers had their fill. I have them under guard (from me and Larry)

The squirrels demolished almost all the sunflowers this year. A couple left, for now. We didn't get the mammoth flowers from the saved seeds of last year. I heard another person had similar results - cross pollination from planting different varieties close together. 

Basil

Hanging out at the fence spreading rumors.

I made them a small run for some fresh foraging. It's accessible to both pens and I can segregate as needed. 

This is from a picture of Goose. I couldn't make her hair-do work, so...

...still, turned out pretty nice. 

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Out In The Wood Shop

I've been piddlin' in the shop, recently.

Sold! For a friend/customer.

First attempt at a bandsaw box.  Made a few mistakes but, I was always partial to the rustic/rough look. 

Now, there's 2. Will there be more? 
The chickens are still healthy and active. Eggs out the ying yang.

The gardens off and on but, producing.


Tuesday, June 30, 2015

The Harvest and Chicken Pics

Big Beef on the vine

Hand size

Fresh from the garden and Banties

Just a couple of plants, this year. Not great but, better than last year's container-ing.

Vine borers!!! I replanted some more seeds in another area. 

Should've had these 2 for the vine borers. 

Goose is such a character

Esther's just a-purrin'

...and Alice. The Goon!