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About magdave

Two people passionate about the slow life of creating tasty food in our little kitchen, with the help of our greenhouse, the garden patches

Time Warp!

It’s been three years since the past diary post. Yee-gods! So much has happened since the ill-fate of Tuppence. We’ve lost hens and gained some. We lost Aurora to a predator. We then lost our two Buff Orpingtons. Daisy died … Continue reading

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New Trellis & The Fate of Tuppence

Good news first.  I just finished this trellis for Margaret.  It’s a nice, simple design derived from lots of other trellis shapes that pretty much sucked.  Umm…  Why did I say that? Well, just about all the rest looked clunky … Continue reading

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Let’s Build a Worm Farm!

I’d like to send a shout-out for the Soulsby Farm blog, for their latest post on building a worm farm.  I think that anyone with chickens and/or a garden ought to get on this train.  The instructions posted at Soulsby … Continue reading

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Chicken Retirement Homes

I really don’t want to say it–especially after having a lovely two nights there–but, only in Portland? http://www.nytimes.com/2012/04/26/us/new-homes-beckon-for-city-chickens-in-retirement.html After seeing the abandoned chickens at the Bothell park, at the south end of the bridge that crosses the Sammamish Slough, the … Continue reading

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Brief Observation

Margaret noted that, given Tuppence was pretty close to landing on the chopping block for his rough handling of the hens and that he’s at least temporarily leaving them alone, perhaps getting hit by a car saved his life. Perhaps … Continue reading

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More Misfortune and Lots of Guilt

A couple of days ago, my own tenacious nature showed its dark side.  To say the least, Tuppence ended up getting the stinky end of that stick.  But let me back up a bit and provide some foreground. As the … Continue reading

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Raccoon Solution Pt. 2 or Chemical Territorial Pissings

I can’t believe I forgot this simple solution (literally!) for keeping raccoons away.  As readers might recall, a whiles back, I had to cope with a raccoon problem.  What I forgot was that I did figure out a possible solution. … Continue reading

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Sign ‘O the Times: Raccoon Poo. And a Heavy Metal Solution?

Sorry no pictures of the raccoon poo.  Like, as if there’s much redeemable about a picture of poo.  Right?  So, anyway, it would seem that raccoons are on the move again and are leaving behind poop in the backyard where … Continue reading

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Not Enough Will?

A month since the last post on Tuppence, and I still haven’t done much about that troublesome boy.  No grabs from the fly fishing and tying community.  I’m thinking of shoving Tuppence into a cat taxi and seeing if the … Continue reading

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Dark Days Have Arrived: The Classified Advertisement I Placed in WashingtonFlyFishing.com

I feel bad for feeling compelled to do this, but I had to place this classified ad.  I figured Tuppence would get at least a year or two of life as a pet before becoming someone’s dinner and a means … Continue reading

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