Girl Who Fell To Earth

The Girl Who Fell To Earth

There once was a beautiful princess who fell from the sky. Her shadow hit the Earth but she missed.

Some say she was like Icharus but she had no wings, just a bird cage although not of King Minos. Besides, Icharus’s aim was better – he hit the Earth.

Other witnesses compared her to Thomas, an extra-Terrestrial who fell to earth seeking water and a home for his people (the books is much better than the movie). This analogy failed too since she had no space ship.

She certainly isn’t a Putto or a Cherub for some obvious reasons. She is not male, chubby or four faced. Sometimes she is a bit of an animal, perhaps a monkey or a ferret.

Hope in the Sky

Hope reveals her secret to staying up in the sky! So what is she on? It’s a bird cage – of sorts. It’s not really to keep the birds in but to keep the snow out.

Hope on High

The arch of cattle panel is so we can put up a translucent sheet of plastic in the winter. Will, Ben and I were putting the finishing touches on the new greenhouse for the chickens. This is so the hens will have a place in the sun when the weather turns cold. Behind the wire greenhouse is their hoop house all ready for winter. We’re a bit ahead on some of our winter projects – a good feeling.

Outdoors: 74°F/58°F 1″ Rain off and on
Tiny Cottage: 76°F/72°F

Daily Spark: Shrinks get a head.

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14 Responses to Girl Who Fell To Earth

  1. Beau says:

    What a cool picture… and neat approach to keeping the snow out. And ahead on your winter projects?! You amaze me :)

  2. Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds is rather dull compared to Hope. And must you brag about being ahead on winter projects ?!?! You overachievers you. We are still doing winter projects from 2002.

    • *grin* It ain’t always so! Some years we don’t get our winter projects started until winter snows have hit. Not good. It feels really good to be getting a head start on them. While we wait on various parts of our butcher shop project we push the projects that will get pushed out of the way when the butcher shop needs our attention. Besides, as the saying goes, idle hands do the Devil’s work. This all keeps us busy and off the streets!

  3. David Lloyd Sutton says:

    Walter, with all the work you have to do, I hesitate to add a possible addition, but . . . I was reviewing the cookbook, An Obsession with Ham (did A Love Affair With Bacon some months ago) and it occurred to me that you have a LOT of dipping and scraping to do if you want rinds on your bacon and hams. And I remembered I used to scale fish using a small nozzle and good water pressure. Saved a lot of work. How about a pressure washer with hot water to de-bristle pigs? Could be done hanging, if it worked. You might have to fab a specially shaped nozzle and play with pressure, temperature and angle/range. Just a thought.

    • There is actually a machine for scrapping pigs. It does the large amount of the hair removal, leaving only the hard to reach places for us to do by hand. It is very fast, like a chicken plucker. The machines only cost $25,000 to $45,000 each. :)

      The bad part, besides the price, is the commercual units use 3-phase power. I can convert our single phase power to three phase power at a slight penalty. To bring in three phase power would be an additional $50,000. Considering that our entire project is less than $150K I don’t think we’ll go that route – better to just build our own hydro-electric station for that kind of money.

      We may build our own scald and scraper or perhaps we’ll find a used one. In addition to the traditional designs I’ve seen for this we have several innovations we may do to make it smaller and quieter.

  4. David Lloyd Sutton says:

    Walter, not to waste your time, because you’ve obviously already thought a lot on this subject, but think steam generator followed by pressure washer, perhaps with a stand-off wand or cone to make keeping range-to-target-constant. I used to do my home raised hogs with a dip in a wood fire heated steel barrel via block and tackle and then employed scraper bell and knife, before re-hanging and gutting. And I’ve been to a Mexican pig slaughter where we used gunny sacks dipped in near-boiling water to cover hide zones and did all the scraping with cut off hoes and knives. (They also evert and clean the small intestines, braid them and roast them over an open fire as slaughter snacks.) Those methods are too much like honest work!
    I’m in no place to experiment now, this Davis condo I’m in hasn’t room for a parakeet, but the two machines I mention are usually gas powered and on the used market would cost less than a grand.

    • I’ve used the fabric with boiling water. Works great. We used towels rather than gunny sacks but the same idea. Get it hotter than the normal scald temperature though since some heat is lost in translation.

      The clincher is everything we do has to be USDA approved.

  5. This is a great idea for a chicken pen. I don’t have chickens anymore but I enjoyed them when I did. Thanks for visiting my blog and leaving a comment. I’m glad you like the waterfall photos.

  6. Bethany says:

    Great house! I bow to you, oh Lord of Pallets! This is a great solution for configuring a quick roof on top pallets.

  7. Hope is turning into a beautiful young lady. It is fun to watch her grow up here on your blog.

  8. mellifera says:

    If I may ask, where did you find the wire cattle panels and how much do they go for? Every time I google “cattle panels” it comes up with the big galvanized pipe-type panels, rather than sturdy wire mesh. Hard to price them that way. : (

    • See this page at Tractor Supply. Not sure if they are in your area. Almost all farm supply stores carry this sort of welded wire mesh. It is called cattle panel, hog panel, utility panel, etc. Prices vary from $25 to $50 per panel and are tightly correlated to how much metal is in the panel – e.g. how many wires, wire thickness and panel size. How good the galvanization is also affects the price and the longevity. Panels are generally 16′ long by 34″ to 60″ tall. They’re a little expensive but last really well.

  9. As always, amazing AMAZING photography Walter and a very clear telling of your relationship with your kiddos.

    I take it you are back-filling around the pallets? Will you be putting anything between the pallets and the soil or just creating a root-cellar style meeting? Love it.

    • Actually, that is our melding compost pile and the original reasoning behind using the pallets was that they made it so that compost pile would not fall over and collapse the chicken’s winter sunroom. I was a little short on space between the compost pile and the apple tree so I had cut into the compost pile creating a bit of a cliff. As the chickens turn the compost they knock down the pile a bit. That pile now has some dirt mixed in. Next year it will be made into new garden space. Last year’s compost pile is this year’s new garden. I make about one of these a year and either use the compost to make a garden or plant more apple trees.

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