Nearly a month without a phone/camera (after deciding to self-operate on a broken screen) has put me a bit behind on the blog, but here are some highlights from the last month.
We've started getting regular visits from our neighborhood foxes (yes, neighborhood - we are located on a fractional acre city lot with our neighbors houses about 20 - 30 feet away). One showed a bit of interest in our hens, once. Then he came face to face with Horton, our Great Pyrenees, which scared him straight (he nearly ran into Jason in his effort to escape). However, since then they have found one of our dunnage wood piles to be a pretty cool place to hang out, groom their litter mates and play, so we see at least one daily - and sometimes three. They don't seem to mind us as long as we don't get too close. And we don't mind them, as we are pretty confident that between Horton and Wally, our girls are pretty safe. Hopefully our cat has the sense to steer clear!
On the tinier side of wildlife, the black swallowtail butterflies have been visiting, and overnight a couple of their caterpillars demolished all of our fennel and dill. Turning a problem into an educational opportunity, I collected one for the kids (and grownups) to observe through its life cycle.
This morning our hungry hungry caterpillar sure looked different! In 2 to 3 weeks we should have a beautiful butterfly to release back to the garden to wreak havoc once more.
We have also had some fun creating and building this last month. The kids and I built a toad/fairy house to sit at the headwaters of the water feature that Jason and I finished (nothing here is ever really finished) for our Japanese moss garden.
'Medium brother', our 6 year old, was the primary mason on this project, and I think he did a pretty good job with it. That is a tiny live cedar bonsai growing on the mossy knoll. As a fun bonus, parts of the house and the stone path glow in the dark!
A friend's nuptials gave me an excuse to build a fun kitchen cabinet with a towel rack as a gift. My mom contributed her assistance in putting button tops on the matching towel set, since she has been borrowing my sewing machine for, oh, about two years now. It's great. I use it as an excuse to make her do all of my sewing for me. Anyway, the cabinet is constructed out of a single pallet, a piece of hardware cloth leftover from when we constructed the beehives, and a stick of rebar for the towel rack. I think it turned out super cute. So, I was thinking this might be a great project for one of our first workshops! If you think you would like to attend a workshop where you get to build your very own salvaged materials cabinet (great for kitchen or bathroom) to take home, comment below or email me, and I will start making plans for the workshop.
Some of our projects were a little more practical, but still, anytime I get to build something its a good day. There was a *little* incident between a truck and our mailbox group. But lets face it, the end result of the accident is pretty cool.
Jason and I whipped together this mailbox stand from our dunnage and pallet collection, and a little spray paint completed the transformation. Now we think we need to line the entire street with matching sets in different colors... you know like those fancy neighborhoods with the matching brick mailboxes, except Soggy Hollow style. (That's a thing now.)
The garden and food forest are growing, we are working on a water reclamation system, we've got solar power in the works and managed to get the truck stuck in the sog again, but I will leave all that for Jason to talk about when he contributes the blog entry that he's been promising me. You all would probably appreciate a change in pace from my ramblings anyway!
Thanks for reading!
Soggy Hollow House Project