Let There Be Ducks!


Look what I picked up at the little store in town yesterday! Ducklings! I got six white Pekins and six Khaki Campbells.
It’s been a long time since I tried ducks. I love ducks, but at Stringtown Rising Farm, they kept running off to the river. Over and over. Here, there’s no river nearby for them to run off to, but plenty of creeks winding all around the farm, so I’m hoping they will be content to stay home.

Khaki Campbell duckling, center, beak showing to the camera.
Pekin duckling.
For now, I’ve got them in the tub with the straight run chicks I got last week. It’s a bit crowded.
Later today, I’ll be moving them to a bigger tub, and probably putting that in the cellar. I can keep the heater on in there to keep them warm and get the mess out of the house.
My house looks like spring, doesn’t it? Seedlings and plants and chicks and ducks!
Precious is excited!

I’ve got some tomato plants that I bought, to get started on some earlier tomatoes, along with herbs–sage, chives, rosemary, basil, parsley, and some lavender.
I’ve got more tomatoes and some peppers that I’m trying to get germinated for planting later, back in the studio garden. The weather isn’t cooperating, for chicks and ducklings or plants either. It’s supposed to get down to around the frost point tonight, so no putting plants out today. Are you planting where you are? If so, I’m jealous!

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Back in the Saddle


Pasture ornaments.
But no more!
(It was actually starting to rain at this point, so not such a great photo, and it was taken with a cell phone, too. But.)

I was using a borrowed saddle on Shortcake back when I first got her and was riding her a lot. I had to give it back, and the other saddle I had didn’t fit her right and I didn’t have anyone to ride with and…. I just stopped riding her. But! A friend of mine came down for the weekend and we went to the little store in town and I bought a new girth. She’s an excellent horsewoman and showed me how to put the new girth on and we got it all worked out right and we rode horses all weekend! It was awesome! I remembered exactly why I enjoyed riding Shortcake so much, and it made me want to do it again and more and I shall!

It made me so happy!

I don’t think Shortcake was really that happy about it–she’s still hard to catch. The horses both were full of burrs and we spent quite some time getting them combed out and perfect. (I’m hoping to get a brush hog attachment this year and take care of this problem.) Shortcake is such a sweet horse to ride. My friend rode Zip, and we rode all around the farm and up on the ridge. All weekend!

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