Sunday, March 29, 2015
I'm also collecting green beer bottles to make a small mosaic at the very back corner of it, as a tiny hidden patio. The local teenagers all seem to congregate at the neighborhood country park to drink their illicit beer, and the brand of choice has green bottles. There are so many bottles strewn about! So I thought I'd reuse some artistically, and try my hand at mosaic.
In keeping with my goals for this year, I've begun hand applique-ing a new quilt, made from scraps in my stash. I'm not sure if it'll be a big one or if I'll just stick with something smaller, as the applique is a little time consuming. I enjoy it, though, and it looks very nice. I'm not sure if I'll hand quilt it too, or if I'll machine quilt; if hand quilting, I know it'll take ages! But it might be nice to have an entirely hand-made quilt. Still, I don't know if I'm that much of a glutton for punishment.
Another goal from previous years has been to raise our own meat--well it looks like this is the year! Partner has secured us ten free chicks from a school project (though not Franklin's school). He says six of them are cockerels, and both he and I are willing to give them the chop (humanely of course) when they grow up--probably in 3 to 6 months. We will keep the four hens for egg laying, and have also agreed that they will be chicken soup when they stop laying, though this will probably not be for several years. Our current flock of ten rescue hens are not destined for the pot and will be allowed to die of natural causes. This means, barring any unexpected fatalities, we'll have twenty chickens over the summer; I hope my garden survives the onslaught!