It has been raining all day and bringing down a lot of leaves with it. We have a lot of yard and Jeff has been riding the lawn tractor around picking up leaves this week and it does not look as though he has touched them. I watched it rain all day at work and finally after being home for a couple of hours I was able to take Bug out for a walk. Jeff had told me that the little tree outside the back door had lost enough leaves to give us a glimpse of a hidden wasp nest. It is huge and must have been there all summer without us knowing it. I took the camera out with me to take some pictures but the sun was starting to set so they did not all turn out real clear. You might get a better view if you click on the pictures.
I am putting this close up in just so you get an idea how large it is, not because it is a great picture. I think I will have to try and get a shot in during the day but it is suppose to rain for the next few days and brave hubby is hoping to find out if he can take the nest down or not because it is right outside our door.
We have just finished priming the hen house that the best partner in the world has finished building. He will be putting in the nesting boxes and perches next spring. He is also waiting to cut the doors for the chickens to move in and out through in the spring so we don't get any unwanted critters moving in this winter. Here are pictures of the finished building before the grey primer. The paint is going to have to wait until spring. There is a lot of rain predicted over the next few days and then I am sure it will be too cold to paint outside. I do have a pretty red paint I bought from Lowe's called Cooper Molera Fandango Red. I'm sure you can tell it's not your normal barn red.
This is the front, there will be a little door to the left of the people door. Jeff is over to the side getting the primer ready for us to start priming.
The window side of the building. After a lot of studying, Jeff decided to only put windows on the south side for warmth. The door under the smaller window is where the nesting boxes will be so we can gather the eggs without going in.
Here is the back and side view. Another chicken entrance will go on the back with a fenced enclosure. I am hoping to free range but we do have fox and really large hawks so we will see. I am thinking about a shelf on the long side to put pots of flowers on. What do you think? I am not a winter person and here I sit in Michigan dreaming of what I am going to plant next year. Well I have months to dream and I will post the finished pictures next spring for all to see.