Occasionally I name chickens after people. This Valentine's Day I named chickens after my parents. Mom's chicken ended up being called Libby, because there are a lot of Kathryns around here. Dad's of course is Bill.
This is Bill.
At this time I actually had two white silkie roos, the second looking like this.
Looks just like Bill. Just like him. I dubbed the second rooster Not Bill.
Eventually I traded Not Bill for some other chickens. A couple of weeks later I was at the house where Not Bill now lives, saw a white silkie rooster and asked "Is that Not Bill?" To which the owner replied "No, that's Not Not Bill."
Not Not Bill looks like this. Yep, you got it. Not Not Bill looks just like Bill and Not Bill.
So now we have Bill, Not Bill, and Not Not Bill.
This is Absolutely Not Bill.
Absolutely Not Bill has come to live here simply because he is a different color than the other Bills. Here is Bill letting Absolutely Not Bill know who is in charge around here.
This is Paul. He's a little Sasse.
If anyone else wants a chicken named in their honor please let me know. Plenty of chickens to go around, but middle names will be required.
Things are popping up all over, but my main garden fun this year has been silly stuff. There's the candle holders I plant every year. Whenever I find one I like in a junk store it goes in the ground. Usually upside down.
There's the village fence,
with the bird feeding station right behind,
The little rocks on the left are my Idaho Rocks,
The herb garden. I really used some of these the other day when I made a pork loin!
Then there's the pinterest ideas. A gnome garden. The gnomes are going to relocate to a big barrel, but right now they're hanging out in the daffodils.
The tipsy pots are up and planted.
And a little log border is up.
Somewhere in the garden is a border collie, a couple of small chairs in case a hobbit comes by and an alligator. Still a bit of organizing to do, but we're in business, even though it is just March. And btw bird fans, our purple martins are here!!
It's been the mildest winter I can remember, and now spring is here! Of course, that means lots of mud right now but there are things to do to get ready for riding. All the saddles could use a nice spring cleaning, the wagon and the cart could use a bit of attention to the wheels and the horses need to think about something other than eating.
KatieBelle and Dunner have been here less than a year now, and Dunner might possibly be the easiest horse we have ever started. He still doesn't like it when the cattle come up behind him and get into his personal space, and that is something he has to get over.
KatieBelle is quite an athlete and will be a great cowpony. It is what she was bred for. But after her years of being a city horse she is a bit buddy sour. Easy enough to work on.
Fable and Jedi can't wait to get back on the roads pulling the cart and the wagon, especially now that they are outfitted in their Amish work collars.
Q and Banner are in for some serious groundwork now. They are two and Q will be started this year. Banner might have a bit of time because I like to wait a bit with Arabians.