If You Build It, They Will Come – Part VI

Spring was in full swing on the farm.  It was May 2015 and the perfect time for baby animals.  It was an easy decision… we would expand our duck flock!   I so enjoy ducks and their eggs are completely divine! These cute little fuzzy friends are Indian Runner ducks.  Once fully grown, they appear more like a wine bottle with legs!


Pure joy!


The ducklings grew and changed quickly! Within 6 weeks, the they were starting to show their true colors.  By June, it was warm enough outside that we were able to move the ducks to their permanent run.

Look at the cuteness! (I am referring to the duck!)

Construction of the garden cottage was coming along nicely.  Were were excited to soon have storage a bit closer! Hauling tools back and forth, from the house or barn, was becoming a bit daunting.


We decided a little deck would be a handy addition to the garden cottage.  Two of our sons built this small deck, on a Saturday afternoon!
All that was left to do was apply a coat of tinted water seal.  It was the perfect job for another one of the teenagers!

She was finished!  Now we could fill her up with tools, a potting bench and solar lights!  We added a little nook behind the cottage, for it was one of the only shady areas in the potager.  We finished the cottage area by adding a stone path and many cottage garden perennials.  Now, we had to just relax and watch them grow!

We had one more building project for Spring of 2015…the Hay Barn!  We needed approximately 450 bales of hay to feed the goats and horses, for a year.  The hay would be delivered in July, so we knew we had another construction project that needed to start, ASAP.  As much as we would have had fun building the structure, we knew time was not on our side.  Once again, we handed the project over to a crew of professionals!

The Hay Barn did not need to be fancy.  It just needed to store hay and keep it dry!
Making progress…
Another project was complete.  And, with one day to spare!  The hay arrived the next day, after the final touches were complete! 

I have a love/hate relationship with the hay wagon!  I am thankful when it arrives, for I am able to provide the critters with high quality feed.  Stacking hay is also a great workout! But, why does it always have to arrive on the hottest, 90 degree day of the season!!??

Diny and Oatmeal no longer looked like babies!  In just a few short weeks, these two trouble makers would meet two new friends, Pippin and Sam. 
Ophe was growing and growing and growing!  Unfortunately, we came to the realization that she was not the sharpest tool in the shed.  This made training extremely time-consuming and difficult.  To this day, we remind ourselves that she might not be very bright, but she sure is one happy and loving dog!

Spring had come and gone. It was time for planting the potager! Our first harvest would be right around the corner!  What an exciting time it was…

Do What You Love…Love What You Do…

Love Yourself…Embrace Yourself…Just Be You…



Note:  If You have missed part of the “If You Build It They Will Come” series, you can link to them below!

20 thoughts on “If You Build It, They Will Come – Part VI

  1. I really enjoy hearing about all the growth and forward-motion on the farm. Seeing the transition from a blank space into a new building, or the photos of baby ducks and then when they are old, such wonderful imagery. Thank you for sharing.

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