Pearl and Henrietta are worn out from last night's long neighborhood association meeting and have announced to me that they are taking some time off until they recover their wits. Given the size of a chicken's brain, one might think this wouldn't take long, but P&H operate on their own schedule...
In other news:
Yesterday I planted a pumpkin vine in the front garden. I built a little mound out of a 2/3 mix of compost and dirt (it was not good enough to be called soil), and snugged it up against a post and bordered it with three boulders to make it appear a little more natural than...well, a pile of dirt sitting in the middle of nowhere:
Then I planted the vine and mulched it well with shredded leaves. The idea is to train the vine along and over the split rail fence. This area gets sun in the morning and late afternoon, and is pretty dry shade, so I'm hoping to avoid powdery mildew. We'll just have to see.
Then in the autumn, when the pumpkins are ripe, I'll have a block party and everyone in the neighborhood who wants one can pick a pumpkin for his/her front porch. If you squinch your mental eyes, I think you can see what it is going to look like (if all goes well):