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Sunday, February 24, 2013

So Very Close

Today was a good day.

Instead of the predicted rain, and then partly cloudy forecast, we got mostly sun today.  So while Steve was digging trenches along the fence in Hensdeep, I weeded the allium bed, which needed it, and between helping Steve stuff welded wire along the fence and whatnot, I also got the asparagus bed de-mossed.
But once we got the wire in along the fence, I let Steve go do what he planned to do this afternoon, which was brew beer.

That was the agreement, after all.  Plus, I cannot tell you how much I love the way the house smells when Steve is brewing beer.  The steamy, malty goodness (which smells better than bread baking) is only enhanced by the smell of the hop volatives being released into the air as they boil.  Heaven must smell like beer brewing.  I think it was Franklin who said that beer is the proof that there is a God and he wants us to be happy. There is probably also a Snopes that says he didn't say that.  I don't really care.  I just like the way it smells when it's brewing.  Oh- and drinking it isn't too shabby, either.

After Steve went in, I built forms for the sill that goes under the door.  There will be a step, and then a step up, and hopefully, everything that I've done today will discourage anything from burrowing under the fence.

But I'm so very close to being ready for chickens.


Sara Rall said...

Reading your blog always makes me want to run out and start some project in my yard. I'm impressed with the sill for the door, we've always just sunk a board below the gate to our garden, and that generally ends up being where most things get in.

Looking forward to hearing about the chickens.

Rae said...

Does this mean no ditch digging for me? :)

Miriam said...

Your chickens are going to be so safe! You must feel really good about all the precautions you're taking, especially after our mink and Rae's bobcat. That's one of the advantages of starting from scratch- you have the chance to do it right, right from the start. I can't wait to see the first pictures of your new flock!

Paula said...

no ditches Rae. Wanna help me mix and pour concrete?

Lyssa said...

The smell of beer making is lovely, I agree. So earthy and malty.

Your coop and run are going to be amazing. I didn't go quite that far, but we don't have weasels or mink here...just pesky urban raccoons and possums.