We're having an unusual run of nice weather. Right now, it's sunny, and 64. I have been out doing yard work all day. Of course, next week, it's supposed to go right back into the 30's. It's got the plants fooled, though.
Day Lilies - These are near the house, and sheltered from our prevailing west wind, so they always are up first. Still, they aren't an early bloomer.
Daffodils - Also against the house. They are the first ones to bloom and I can't wait. Sigh, that bed still has to be deleaved. Maybe tomorrow.
But, even back in the woods, the old fashioned daffys are coming up. They are a pretty double flower, and I have to get back there and dig them up. I have a feeling that they started from extra's my Grandmother threw away, and I want some back in the garden.
Pachysandra - the buds are starting to form already.
Even the moss is greening up. A lot of my "lawn" is really moss. That's fine with me. It stays green all summer, and it doesn't have to be mowed.
Back in the woods, I can see a little bit of green.
But, mostly, things are still brown and still.
I couldn't have picked a nicer few days to get my garage sided. I'm getting too old and fat to paint it every few years, so I decided to just side it, and be done with it. The back of the garage has a shed built on to it, separated by a wall. That shed is where I want to put my chicken coop.
Work in progress, showing the side that hasn't been done yet.
Other side. Almost finished and looking good.
Back side, facing the woods. Right behind that new door will be where I will put in my chicken coop. But, sigh, I have to talk to them about that door. They hung it crooked, and there is a big crack in the top, where the snow and the cold can come in. There's a concrete floor in there, though, so I don't think any critters will be getting in to steal the hens.
I had to clean out the shed, so that the guys could get in there and work. You wouldn't believe the crap I pulled out of there. It filled most of a dump truck. But, because I had to do that, I'm way ahead of schedule. I may, and it's only may, be able to get the chickens this year, instead of waiting until next.
Now tell me. My town, as I mentioned before, specifies that you have to have five acres and be a working farm. I have one acre, and six chickens do not a working farm make, so, I should get a variance. However, when I talked to the guy last year, he said that they have never given out one.
So, do I do the honest thing and attempt to get the variance, or do I become a scofflaw, and just get the chickens, hoping that no one ever sees them hidden in back and down a hill as they are?