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tin roof ramblings

Kim of Red Dirt Farm and Studio

Few sounds evoke that old country farm-house nostalgia as hearing rain on an old tin roof.

Red Dirt Farm Ramblings.

It is raining today and is forecasted for the next few days.  We need the rain, and I need a break from watering all my container gardens.

 Last night marked the third night in a row I haven’t slept.  I think I have had maybe 6 hours of sleep total in the past three nights.  I’m exhausted and this weather would be perfect for staying in bed, listening to rain on our tin roof and drifting off to slumberland.

But that ain’t gonna happen.

The galvanized water troughs that I planted up a few weeks ago are coming along nicely.

Crying Wolf.

I spent most of my days last week fighting off a predator of some sort.  I’m not sure exactly what.  I’ve seen it, I just don’t know what it is.  My first thought was that it was a fox, but no that didn’t seem right, nor did I think it was a coyote.  The second time I saw it, it was standing on the top of the 5 foot wood fence out on the north 40.  I walked toward it yelling and waving my arms and clapping my hands. ( yeah I know, I’m really scary)  The chickens and the peacocks were all sounding the alarms quite the ruckus was being made, the creature didn’t seem fazed.  It finally jumped down off the fence and disappeared into the thick underbrush in the woods.  The next day the birds sounded the alarm again and I saw the back-end of it taking off from behind the coop going slowing through the woods.  It had a long dark tail – not a bushy fox tail.  I tried to describe it to Mr. Cottage and he suggested it might be a Coywolf.  What the heck is that?  So, I’ve done some reading.  Some articles say there is such a thing and other articles say no.  Who you gonna believe?  It is supposed to be a coyote and wolf mix.  A few pictures I saw looked like it in the face, but not the tail.  I dunno what the things is, I just know it was here again this morning stalking the chickens.  I’ve had enough of this now – go away whatever you are.

Bear Poop.

Yes, Miss Linda – the bear poop has germinated.  Seems so far I have lots of sunflowers coming up, but then upon closer inspection, there is something else…

Any day now, Doris Day.

Doris Day went broody and her eggs are due to hatch, well any day now.

Yep, that is Doris on the bottom, she went broody in the most favorite spot behind the door in the hen-house.  Needless to say, the girls stood on top of her and in line waiting to lay their eggs for several days.  Then she got too mean and they found another spot to lay, but not until she had gathered an assortment of eggs from various girls.

Neglected Bathtub.

I’ve let this garden area in front of my studio get kind of shabby and messy.

I have this wonderful old bathtub that I turned into a fountain that once looked lovely and added a nice splashing sound to the area.  The pump stopped working and the water had turned all kinds of yucky.

I scrubbed it out, although the stains are permanent for the most part.  I added fresh water, a new fountain pump and now it is back to splashing and making me happy.  There is still more work to do though.

I threaded the plastic tubing from the fountain pump, up through the base of an old hand pump and out the spout.  I need to do some adjusting and tweaking with the tubing.

I like the splashing and it attracts birds and other critters too.

If only I could get some sleep…

Thank you for being here today.

xo Kim


Red Dirt Farm

13 thoughts on “tin roof ramblings

  1. LaDy says:

    I think Mr. Cottage might be right with the Coy Wolf. We’ve spotted one over here as well. Not a dog, not a wolf, not a coyote. Have seen it on night trail cameras too and fast as the dickens! Whatever it is, keep your girls as safe as you can. I myself have been eliminating wood rats from my bird feeders today. That is all…..

    Have a great week and I hope you get some sleepy time soon!


    1. Well at least someone else has seen it (or them) too. I haven’t seen it move fast yet, which is the frustrating thing – it doesn’t seem to be afraid of me at all. It just moseys along, laughing at the lady with the broom… Good luck with those wood rats, ha ha ha. I had to take my feeders down, too many bears getting them right now. That’s all from me… xo kim


  2. says:

    So the bear poop has germinated and sunflowers, no less! Most thoughtful of bears. I bought one of those old hand water pumps and put it on a pole in my Fern Bed just for looks. It doesn’t really spout water. I wonder if vinegar or LimeAway would get those tub stains out? Tin Roof Ramblings would make a GREAT blog name! Sorry you haven’t been getting any shut eye. Stress? Something on your mind? Let’s cross our fingers for tonight.


    1. I should at least get some sunflower joy out of that darn bear since he took a 50 pound bag of seed – sheesh! I didn’t want to use any chemicals to scrub the tub – didn’t want to put them around where the girls could get at it so I’m just living with the stains. I’ve had the old pump for at least 15 years, planning to someday turn it into a water feature. Sometimes it takes me awhile to get around to my projects. xo kim


  3. I enjoy your blog. We share some ideas of beauty. I love all your uses of galvanized containers. I have a large one I use as a water feature with an old windmill pump made into a fountain. I hadn’t thought to use them as window boxes or nesting boxes, though. Duh! 🙂 I really enjoyed your colorful and interesting photos.


    1. Thank you for stopping by and leaving your lovely thoughts. I love my galvanized containers I have new and old and I use them all over the place for all kinds of things. The girls really do prefer my galvanized options to lay their eggs. The windmill pump idea is wonderful. Thank you for mentioning enjoying my photos, it is a hobby I love. xo kim

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  4. Lisa Meyer says:

    Kim, I love the fountain idea. I was just thinking that I needed a fountain this past weekend. Mr. Tabby was super excited for yet another project – after the last brilliant idea I had meant he had to unload four yards of granite ;).

    It is a good thing those girls have the broom lady to protect them!


    1. Hi Lisa – what a great understand Mr. Tabby you have – ha ha – his poor aching back! I so enjoy your photos of you wonderful place and studio – so inspirational to me. Broom lady signing off! xo kim


  5. DA Squires says:

    Wondering if some kind of scarecrow would help (with a motion sensor spotlight attached that makes loud scary noises : )… I know I would NOT be able to sleep just worrying about everyone!! Adore the photos of the girls and your handsome peacock…and the bathtub fountain…you are so creative, Kim!!
    Wishing you sweet dreams… if only we could reclaim the sleep of childhood. I think sleep is more elusive with age (why are there so many negatives on that side of the ledger?? Not fair. At all.


    1. Debbie – I think I am the scarecrow! Whatever the creature is – it doesn’t seem to be too afraid of much. It was back early in the morning lurking outside the chicken run, looking at the menu….
      I have sleep issues for years, this isn’t anything new but somehow I feel more tormented from lack of sleep than usual. Wonder why aging has to pull such cruel tricks on us? No, not fair. Thanks for stopping in. xo kim


  6. Debra says:

    I’ll pray for sweet sleep for you. Much love….


    1. Debra- I’ll take it and send it right back you – two-fold. xo kim


  7. I love the galvanized tubs under the windows! Nice change from a window planter.


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