I spent much of the first day of Spring focused on two things: a few leftover technical difficulties from the server upgrade, and deciphering the mysteries of liquid soap.
I have created liquid soap!
Well, I didn’t create the whole idea or anything, but you know what I mean. I made a batch of liquid soap and it’s, like, LIQUID, and it’s SOAP. It worked.
More on this sometime soon. I’m still experimenting and am not yet ready to debrief. I just wanted to let you know that I stopped playing with pump dispensers and actually made some.
In the meantime, lest we neglect this important event, it’s SPRING! And I couldn’t be more glad to see her if she’d brought me a million bucks.
I don’t mean this kind of buck.
Seriously, I DON’T NEED ANY MORE BUCKS.
Anyway. It was a slow weekend. Weston was away playing his “weekend game” (Dungeons & Dragons) for which he will even eschew the state math field day. Morgan was away at a junior leaders 4-H camp. I mostly played with liquid soap while the duck ‘n’ buck yard grew up out of the ground out my window. I periodically inspected for quality assurance.
Just kidding about the quality assurance. I don’t know anything about it and it would blow up if I tried to help. That’s my story and I’m sticking to it.
The duck ‘n’ buck yard is being built to encompass our pond, which is fed from springs on our hill.
It drains down to the river far below, which keeps the pond from flooding.
The pond yard will make the ducks ecstatic and keep the bucks in water, too. The hillside will provide ample play area and pasture ground for the three permanent bucks. (We currently have five that will be going in there, but two are temporary, waiting for sale.) Shelters will be built when the yard is finished.
The green spots in the pond are patches of frog eggs.
The entire area (pond and hillside being fenced) is about 12,000 square feet. A smaller area around the pond plus some pasture will be sectioned off to contain the ducks with welded wire that has smaller openings so they can’t slip through it. The goats will have access to the entire area enclosed with woven field fence.
The sectioned-off pond yard (area goes up the hill for the ducks):
The goats will have access back and forth from the sectioned-off pond area to the entire hillside area by a stile that they can maneuver but the ducks cannot. (Our ducks can’t fly. Or jump. Or find their heads if they weren’t attached.)
Meanwhile, in other first day of spring news, we have more pallets for our pallet barn!
Rhubarb is coming up.
Horseradish is coming up.
Garlic is coming up.
And Fanta….. If she doesn’t finish washing off her face soon, I’m going to take a donkey brush to her head.
And she’s just gonna love that.
And this driveway?
I CAN DRIVE UP IT NOW.
And that, more than anything else, means it’s Spring!