This past week had three consecutive days over ninety degrees, which is called a heat wave in these parts. It’s not even summer yet, so there will be many more of these hot days to come. Hot days require more attention to my hens, who need lots of cool water to drink. That means lugging pails of water out there everyday. It's good exercise.
I also have a hen, who was attacked by a predator [the same one, I suspect, who flew away with two of my other hens and killed a third one in the pen]. She is doing well, but I need to keep an eye on her and keep her separated from the rest of the hens until she has completely healed. I am also keeping an eye on the sky for the winged predator. Once a predator is successful, he will return.
I’ve been seeing several deer out by the cemetery behind our house, where the original German landowner and farmer is laid to rest. I realized that the big mulberry tree that shades that area has already ripened its berries, which are now covering the ground. I don’t blame the deer. Mulberries are delicious! Speaking of our little cemetery, a great-granddaughter of Daniel Peifer [the resident of said cemetery] visited with her husband to pay her respects. I love when Daniel's kin come calling.
As for artistic projects, I did a little of this and a little of that during the week. I worked a bit on my super secret project, which included some dyeing; I began crocheting a granny square afghan for the guest bed [just had a hankering to do granny squares]; and I started planning my “Welcome” wall hanging, which will include at least one hen in the design.
There’s a lot of beauty out there in these hot, last days of spring!