What a wonderful day! My mind and soul are refreshed from digging, raking, and shoveling (though I must admit my muscles and back do not share the same enthusiasm).
Around midday the sun steadily shone through the cloudy sky, drying the night's dew and warming the temperature enough for the chicks to go outside. As their confidence (and size) grows, they have become very discontent living in the brooder.
As I watched them run around chasing bugs and scratching the dirt, I was inspired to do the same . . .
If you show up for a visit while I am working outside, 85% of the time I would be wearing this: Boots, worn-out green hoodie, $1.00 thrift-store jeans (made back in the days when denim was real hardy stuff!), and work gloves, of course.
Two of the Marans
All of the chicks found our digging a strange activity;
but they really enjoyed munching on the bugs and worms we unearthed.
One of the not-so-little earthworms we dug up
We also uncovered two Southern Alligator Lizards. We have them all over the yard. They hang out on sunny pathways and leafy/rocky areas. We even have one that lives fulltime under an artificial rock protecting an outdoor outlet.
The day’s final product
This still has a couple days of tilling needed, but a grand improvement from when we started.
Hopefully the next update will show a beautiful vegetable garden where this barren spot now resides.
Quite a productive day, though I think I will rest the body tomorrow and prepare for a full workday again on Thursday!