Not paying the rent.  

This girl. She is without a doubt one of our prettiest hens. She’s the one that lays the beautiful, big, olive green eggs, often times they will have double yolks. Or, let me rephrase that, she was laying beautiful, big, olive green eggs.

This girl at the ripe old age of about 24 weeks has gone broody. Seriously Maude? She wants to raise little chickens and has once again become a freeloader. She sits in her nesting box, frequently sitting on the other eggs lovingly laid by the other chickens. The other day I went in to boot her fluffy butt out of the coop and into the run only to discover that she had tucked and egg way up under her wing.

I don’t think I can count the number of times I have hauled her fluffy butt out of that nesting box. She wanders around the yard with the other chickens. She pecks at the grass, enjoys the delicacy we provide her and the minute I open the coop hen door, she’s made a beeline for the door, up on the roost and into a nesting box.

We read about every possible chicken thing we could find when we decided to bring home chickens. Broody hens were one of the possibilities. But like so many things, we said that would never happen with our chickens. Ugh, they have proved us wrong.

OK girlfriend, desperate times call for desperate measures. We’ve been doing our homework and you are about to get a rude awakening. We won’t do anything to hurt you I promise, but you’re not going to be a mama. We don’t have any roosters, it’s physically impossible.

Get out of your nest and start paying the rent girlfriend. Your days of being a freeloader are over.

 

What does the future hold?   

When I started this little challenge, I had no idea how much I would enjoy it. I am never in photos, I totally cling to the other side of the lens and taking selfies… let’s just say it was never my thing.

From the beginning to the end, I loved the creativity and coming up with something that would fit the theme. I wished I could have included one of our pets in every photo because they are so important to us. Maybe next time I will make that a criteria. There were a couple of times that I went back to the drawing board. Not so much the idea, but pulling the photo off.

I tried to limit myself to just one of post-processing and I came pretty close. I used what I had at home to assist me and the best part is, I never once had to leave my backyard. Many a day I would wander out with the theme and challenge in mind just looking for the right angle, the right location and the right lighting.

When I started the challenge, my only criteria was to use myself as a model. Sometimes I used the 10 second timer, most of the time I hauled Karen out to be my shutter buddy. Kudos to Karen, she was always Johnny on the spot for me.

Theme—Growth; Challenge—Use yourself.

15 day challenge, that’s a wrap.

And now back to our regularly scheduled programming.

On the wings of borzoi. 

Theme—Flight; Challenge—Create interesting wings

This is an image I have had in my head for a long time. What better time to do it than now. Rounding up the four borzoi proved to be the most interesting of challenges. They thought for sure I had lost my mind. I’m pretty sure I did.

Yup, this is what I look like walking the dogs.

Gone, but not forgotten

Theme—Forgotten; Challenge—Use paper

We have had the good fortune to know the love of many greyhounds over the years. Our hearts have been filled with joy many times and broken just as many. It’s a journey I will never regret taking.

When the numbers were high, we had a 5 x 5′ kennel system for the dogs. Last summer when we were taking it down, it seemed like the perfect fence to put around the gardens. It gave a whole new life to something that brought us great joy.

Really? Do we have to do this?   

This boy will do just about anything I ask of him. I am so in love with him.Trying to fashion a shower in the ancient plum tree wasn’t so easy, but Zip took it all in stride.

Theme—Pressure. Not so much water pressure, but I did feel a little weird asking Zip to sit under the tree with water spraying on him. Challenge—Use water. Hence the dog bath.