• Effective Adulting

    Better Living Through Adulting Part 2-Work Flow and Communication

    As I said in a previous post, we have quite a few projects coming down the pike at the Modage/Leyshaw Homestead. This does not include the continuing saga of the Cursed Chicken Tractor. WHICH is getting so close to completion. (I’m RIDICULOUSLY excited about this.) We’ve actually made more progress than my most recent pictures show; I just forgot to take more this weekend. Oops! Teaching has eaten my brain. You’re lucky to be getting this blog post. A problem we kept running into is that I’m kind of the project manager and the steps we take are in my noggin; that’s how my brain works. I’m a hyper planner…

  • Dig Dig for Victory

    Fat Bottom Hens Make the Bawking World Go Round

    As I became a hen fancier, I discovered that most of my favorite breeds had certain qualities in common. Calm, personable, even temperament certainly, but more specifically I came to discover that I prefer hens that are fluffy and British. The sort of chickens that are reminiscent of Dame Judi Dench in Her Majesty, Mrs. Brown or Julie Walters as Molly Weasley. With six girls, whom hatchery catalogs and poultry books dub “heavy,” Fowlsom Prison has proven potentially inadequate. The yard will be enough, but the coop and roost spaces are limited. When we built Fowlsom Prison there were no Orpingtons to speak of yet; they weren’t even being considered.…