We haven't just been pulling things out of the ground. We've just planted a row of fruit trees in the yard, something that will one day make a small orchard to include the two we've already got there. Now in addition to the pear and Italian prune, we'll have two apples, an apricot, a sour cherry and a rainier, and a second pear tree. Orchard! I can't wait! And it looks like we might even get some blossoms on the sour cherry this season. The saplings are about as tall as we are, and most of them will be 10-15 feet when they're full grown, but that new pear is going to reach 20-30 feet! I wonder how long that will take.
In somewhat more distressing news, we have learned an interesting feature about our sewer lateral. Our plumber sent a camera down there last week, and marked its route through the yard in green.
And I wish we had some photographic evidence for this story, but we were too enchanted to even think to grab the camera. When Kiki, Mike and I were at the house on Monday taking our lunch break, we looked up and saw a bald eagle(!) cruising by, slowly, maybe a hundred feet up. It was so close! And just coasting leisurely overhead. It must have been looking for some lunch of its own. But the chickens! We'll have to be careful and build a coop with wire mesh over the run, or giving the hens plenty of thorny bushes to hide in (Ann says that they feel safe when they're in among the thorns). I'm sure that eagle wouldn't think twice about grabbing any of our ladies for a lunchtime snack. Yikes!
Ann and Mike