AJ and I are out in River Falls this week, housesitting for my boss (the one with property). It’s a terrific piece of land, and the house is awesome, but the weather continues to be crappy: gray, wet, cold.
I’ve managed to take a few pics but not nearly as many as I hoped. It’s just not the same without the sun. 😦
Lilac bushes. Always beautiful, always fragrant. I particularly like the dark purple on the right. One sees the lavender all the time. To the left, out of frame, were white lilacs. Remember, you can click on the photos to see them full-sized.
This is a small enclosure found at the end of driveways that belong to parents with kids. They build them to protect the little monsters… uh, I mean, children… in the winter, when it can get deadly cold. Wind chills of -20 or worse are not uncommon and waiting for the bus can be a gruesome business.
Last but not least, one hell of a tree house, built by some very loving parents indeed. In the foreground are free-range chickens. This is a common sight in Wisconsin. Did you know? Chickens will return to their roost every evening at sundown if you train them first. Training them isn’t hard: just keep them locked up in their “house” for two weeks. Thereafter, they will always return unless eaten by something, and this happens more often than you think. Wild mink, weasel, hawks or owls (they will not share territory; it’s always one or the other), even loose dogs will decimate a flock in only a few nights. Mink are particularly nasty. They sink their fangs into the back of the chicken’s neck, suck some blood, then drop the carcass and move on to the next. I know someone who lost seventeen chickens in one night. Eventually, the mink was caught and killed (and turned into a local fur barn for money), but it had run through that chicken flock like Jack the Ripper on a bender.
Have a good weekend, everyone! See you Monday.