Some Pretty Chickens and Finding a Use for Eggs

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Meet Edna K, a Silver Laced Wyandotte, and Fozzy, a Buff Orpington Frizzle. As our chicks age we are figuring out who is a cockerel and who is a pullet, and will sadly be rehoming the cockerels to prevent the crowing from our coop disrupting the neighbours. We are looking for no kill homes for Bubble and Butters, and have welcomed in these two beauties to take their places. Isn’t Edna stunning?? Fozzy is molting right now so her feathers are a bit patchy, but we have met her before and she is a beautiful bird also. These two are already laying, which brings our total to 3 laying hens*; Britney has been laying steadily since we brought her home, and – drumroll please – Squeak laid her first egg yesterday!

*Edna, Fozzy and Britney are all around or over 1 year making them “hens” but Squeak is only about 6 months so is still considered a “pullet” (I’m learning about chicken things!)

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New Bedroom Paint

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Soooooo it took a while but here are the pics of the new bedroom paint! I have to admit I was totally inspired by Maura’s bedroom makeover on her Projectory blog. I fell in love with the idea of a dark bedroom, an especially exciting idea because the rest of the house is so light. We went with Plankton, though when we applied the first coat it looked so light that we thought the paint was a mistint. We went back to the hardware store and it was mixed correctly, but we had another shot of black added to it anyways to make it darker. Then it needed like 4 coats to get really dark. Phew!

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Book Review: Hermione Granger Saves the World

hermionegrangerRead for: A surprise gift from J, who knows me so well!

Rating: 4.5/5

AJ*GSKE$&KJDNS!! A book about Hermoine and feminism!! My brain nearly exploded when J surprised me with a copy of this book. It’s a collection of essays written about the Harry Potter franchise naming Hermoine as the true heroine and presenting many arguments for Hermione being a solid feminist icon. From the first moment that Ron, Harry and Hermione became true friends (when she took the fall for the destruction caused by their fight with the troll in the bathroom in Philosopher’s Stone) to her perseverance and skill in finding the horcruxes, Hermione proved herself again and again to be the most competent and capable of the three. Basically without Hermione, Ron and Harry would have been smushed by the devil’s snare in PS and the series wouldn’t have existed haha. I LOVED this collection, and that they reflected on both the Hermione of the books and the Hermione of the movies; the two portrayals of Hermione are in fact slightly different, the movies having to be simplified which meant the exclusion of several important Hermione moments including her discovery of Rita Skeeter’s unregistered anamagous abilities and her crusade for the equal treatment of house elves. The “book Hermione” is only described physically once as having “lots of bushy brown hair” and “rather large front teeth”, and it is argued in several essays that Emma Watson was “too pretty” to play Hermione. I call BS on that, because Emma was hired when she was like 7! How did they know she would turn out to be so stunning? I also feel that just because the book version described her has having frizzy hair and large teeth doesn’t automatically mean she wasn’t attractive. All kids look funny. Seriously. They are under-developed and goofy looking. There was no hinting in the book that she wasn’t developing into an attractive woman as she matured. ALSO IT DOESN’T MATTER WHAT HERMIONE LOOKS LIKE. <—- Can’t emphasize that enough, really. The Harry Potter series is about so much more than what people look like, it is about how people can do anything they put their minds to, they can grow and change into the people they want to be, they can stand up against everyone who doubts them and accomplish all their dreams. Hermione is portrayed in both the books and the movies as an intelligent, studious, caring, motivated and well-rounded character, and is most certainly a fantastic feminist icon. READ THIS BOOK PLEASE.

Chicken Coop Progress

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The coop almost has a roof! Once we have enclosed the top, finished the front door and installed a lockable cover on the chicken entrance, we will be good to go. As of now we are herding the chickens down from the old coop and into the run every morning and escorting them back up the hill when it’s bedtime. Rounding up 9 feisty chickens every morning is getting real old real fast, though. Some more pics after the jump!

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