Sunday, November 11, 2012

Hellos and Goodbyes

We knew when we built the pond, we would see an increase in wildlife.  One morning recently, we saw 3 deer.  The following morning, I saw a red fox run across the dam.  My Mom tells me she's heard we've got more than the usual number of fox in the area this year.  I hope that doesn't bode poorly for the chickens.  We've already had one loss this week.  Our beautiful rooster, Hawk, stuck his head in the wire which surrounds our rose garden, and in the struggle to get free, killed himself.  The guys were talking in front of the shop, and noticed some odd movement.  By the time they walked the few yards from the shop to the rose garden, he had broken his neck.  He and I didn't always have the easiest of relationships.  I had to carry a squirt bottle filled with water to ward off his attacks, but for the past month or so, he'd been on his best behavior, and I had stopped carrying it.  It sounds awfully quiet around here without his crowing.

Next weekend is the annual Celebration of Seagrove Potters.  I won't be in the show, as it's strictly for potters, but for the next 6 out of 7 days, I'll be involved behind the scenes, at either the Celebration or filling in at one of the area shops to free up some of the potters.  I feel privileged to live among so many fine and talented folks. I'll leave you with these amazing sculptures to enjoy-


cookingwithgas said...

it is busy and then it will be over.
I could use a break.

Jennifer said...

We had two deer bound across the back lot into the woods last week, I looked out the window just in time. I actually love foxes, unfortunately most of the time they are on the side of the road when I see them. I wish people would slow down.

Sorry about your rooster. I was trying to imagine you with your spray bottle and made me chuckle.

Laurie said...

Foxes are beautiful creatures, Jennifer. I've seen a few up close here, though unfortunately they've usually been after my chickens at the time. Hopefully, the pond will allow us to see them otherwise.