Wednesday, March 17, 2010

The Great Outdoors

A few years ago, D-man was driving down the highway and noticed a for sale sign on a little chunk of land. A few days later we were the proud owners of a wooded hillside. Long story short, we now live in the "little house in the big woods"!

Yesterday, with a forecast of clear, sunny and 60 degrees, we decided to venture out and be one with nature.

The ladies and the man were allowed their first "free range" of the season. I've been bad about letting them out during the winter.

Free range=chicken poop on my feet

Mmmm, there is something so inviting about all that dead growth...isn't there?
Come on spring!
I'll be happy when she has sprung!
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Let me take a minute to discuss Brewster. First off, he was a surprise.
We ordered a pullet run.
However, Brewster is obviously not a pullet.
He is also a tad on the confused side.
He communicates regularly with us.
The thought of a rooster crowing at first light is romantic.
The actuality of a rooster crowing everytime he sees a human is a tad irritating.
Brewster hadn't reached puberty back in the fall when we were still spending most of our days outside.
One day in the dead of winter, he began to crow.
Initially, it was such a sad attempt.
He was a late riser and never crowed until about 9:00 am.
He quickly mastered his morning greeting...however, it turned into something more.
He's obviously not being "heard" in a henhouse with 5 hens.

Possibly the reason for the crazed look in this photo.
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So he communicates with us.
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But these make it all worthwhile.
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However, I'm pretty sure you don't need one of these...
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To get these...
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Brewster was not impressed with that last bit of information..
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Bolt takes a catnap.
All that "chicken stalking" is hard work.
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Living on a property overgrown with pine trees has its benefits.

When a little boy gets the itch...
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To cut down a tree...
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He can!
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But the most pleasing part about living "in the woods"..
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Is the glamour.
Eye candy, I'm tellin' ya.
Eye Candy.


Eileen said...


You've got to read the rooster chapters in "Animal, Vegetable, Miracle" by Barbara Kingsolver. She talks about how they planned to keep only one rooster (there were several) and one criteria was that it had to have a good cock-a-doodle-doo. They called "the try-outs" their version of barnyard American idol and they were all BAD--so bad they'd lay in bed in the morning and just laugh at how horrible they all sounded.

Is that stamped concrete under your glamorous boots? We have a path that looks exactly the same, so I think we chose the same stamp. The only part of our stamped concrete that might ruin the illusion is the big footprint in one corner. It's definitely bigger than any feet in the Beck family, so it must have been one of Lyle's friends who came to help for the day. I guess if you're only paying in pizza, beggars can't be choosers!

Stacey said...

I LOVE that your boy can go cut down a tree! There have been many times I would have loved to send my own boys out to do the same thing. Great pics!! Happy St. Patrick's Day!

CalgaryDaddy said...

Great Pics! I love the look of that Hillside!


motherof3brothers said...

so envious! you got yerself a good thang there! Love reading about the little ladies and their mighty protector

Arizona Mamma said...

First off, there is no glamour going on here either...but even if there were, I would trade it to live somewhere like that! I think it's beautiful.

P.S. So I'm a little serious about possibly planning for some of us to meet. Would you do it? Where would you be willing to go if so? Would you want it to be just bloggers, or families too?

Stephanie said...

Glamour! Haha, you are so funny.
Those pics are really great. Such vibrant colors!

Mom of M&Ms said...

Want to eat those fresh eggs! Thanks for sharing a touch of spring activities... Love your boots

Laura said...

I think is looks beautiful there, boots and all! :) Fresh eggs, that would be great!

Victoria said...

Living in the woods is an experience I'm sure!!

3LittleMonkeys said... first, I thought you were talking about your kids not getting to have "free range" in the winter....because my kids sure don't have free range in the winter! But then I saw the picture of the chickens and all was well!

What a beautiful looking place you have! Great pictures.

Hen Jen said...

oh wow, I love your photos, they are beautiful!

you are right, you don't have to have the rooster, we have 4 hens, no rooster and lots of eggs! We live in the city, so we can't have roosters. Yours is beautiful!

Stuff could always be worse said...

Love your photos and the chickens are beautiful!

Just Me said...

Stopping by from MBC! I love your pictures and can't wait to read more, I am your newest follower!

S.I.F. said...

I seriously love your life! SO much fun!

RaD said...

Just popping by from the Blog Frog, enjoying your blog and thought I'd say HI. Your cat looks very similar to ours, white spot on the lip and all.

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