My part-time teaching gig began this past Monday night, so I am re-acclimating myself to being places at particular times and articulating all that Spanish that’s banging around in my head. Added a Humanities class just to spice things up a bit (2 mornings a week), and am loving it. It’s all those things I’m interested in – music, dance, 2D and 3D arts, art history, theater, cinema. And it’s hopefully giving people a wider window to the world. Plus my class is pretty good on the participation thing, which always makes a teacher’s life easier.
So the chick coop is mostly ready to go – as you can see, the door is on, the ramps are installed! I need to adjust the frame piece on the right – this is on corrugated siding, and it won’t lay flat for me to install the door locks. So will pull it off, add an appropriate shim, re-install, and hopefully it will be even enough to install the locks.
And as an FYI – oak is a pain to work with. For cutting, used the circular saw. For drilling – punch through a pilot hole, then ready to run a screw through. But it should last!
As to the grooves cut in the ramps, my Dremel Trio helped out with that. We had seen a chicken coop at the fair that had grooves cut in the ramps (as opposed to nailing a small piece of wood across the ramp), and I thought that was pretty neat. Just in case – the grooves or cross pieces of woods give the chickens something to grab on to as they go up and down the ramp. Otherwise, they slide down, and may not be able to get back up the ramp into the coop because there’s nothing for their claws to grip.
What else happened this week? More canning of apples and tomatoes and green beans (they’re still blooming?!!)
And our chickens look like someone did a bad job plucking them. This poor birdy is scraggly all over. Some have just lost their neck feathers, some just on their backs between their wings. They look really sad right now.
The red tent on the left has salsa (new vendor, didn’t get a chance to try their product), then we have Muddy Truck Patch with some great veg (and mums for those of you who need some fall decor). Rinaldo’s – simply amazing baked goods (breads of all types, sweets, soft pretzels…), and next to them is Rue Farms from Springfield with their delish potato chips (several varieties and no salt chips available). And looks like some coffee and mugs in the foreground. :)
Seriously, this is a great market to patronize if you’re anywhere near Vandalia on Fridays from 3-7. Fruit, veg, soaps, baked goods, coffee, honey, food trucks, artisans.