Thursday, August 13, 2009

The Red Hen Inn @ Swiftwater Farm

Well, it won't have any Red Carpet on the floor but it will be pretty good digs for some Red Hens and their man..... doesn't like much being ready for the Grand Opening! It still needs the rest of the 4 ft. dog wire around one side. He put the dog wire on the outside around the pen. The door is also made from dog fence wire and has a coon proof lock. The top is covered with chicken wire.

The nest boxes need straw put in them. One more rung needs to go on the ladder. We have bought the feed but still need to put in a feeder pan and water pan. The gravel needs spreading.

The inside chicken wire extends a foot inside on the ground and is tacked to the ground with welding rods. Hubby says NOTHING will dig under this! We'll see! We will be picking up the girls tomorrow night! I'll post on Saturday with pictures of the hotel and it's guests!!

Yesterday I found a strange site in the Elephant Ear tub! I did not know Elephant Ears bloom but I'm pretty sure this is a bloom !

I know it's hot but I love soup and got a hankering for a pot. I made the best pot of Vegetable/Beef soup I've ever made! This pot was full !

This is what was left after lunch and supper. I started with a pack of stew meat from the freezer.
Most of you know we raise our own organic beef. I had saved some beef broth from a roast I cooked in the crock pot so I added that.Fresh, new potatoes , green beans, corn, onions, okra and my home canned tomatoes were added. I added store bought carrots and celery. The secret I think made it so good, I added 2 cups of chopped up Banana pepper from the garden!Salt, fresh ground black pepper and 2 tablespoons of Tony Chachere's Cajun seasoning.

Eating among the gang is a family affair. TC loves the pups and doesn't mind sharing his dog food! He thinks he's a dog anyway!

When Hubby went to his weekly jaunt at the Stockyard a man was selling flower pots off his truck. My Hubby knows how I love pots so he bought me a few.

This one isn't too deep so I'll probably set something in it! I was thinking about your courtyard he said! Ahwwwwwwwwww! So sweet!

I'll be busy today getting house work and laundry done. We have decided we are going to start going to Yard Sales on Fridays!You should see all the yard treasures his cousin and wife have found!!
She got a metal arbor for a dollar at one! Have a great day! Come back Saturday for pics of the girls!Oh yes, the only thing that got caught in the live trap last night was TC the cat! He WAS NOT a happy camper at daylight! HA! I bet he doesn't make that mistake again!


Trixie said...

Honey, those are some more lucky chickens that end up in your coop. That soup in that pot just looks like something to behold. I'll have to get some of that Tony's seasoning. I'll put it on a list right now. Wish I could give you some stuff for your yard sale!

Betsy from Tennessee said...

Wow Carol..... Those chickens really are going to have a true Coop Motel. You and your sweetie did a GREAT job on that new home!!!!

Your veggie soup looks wonderful.. I can almost taste it!!!!!

Enjoy the yard sales... Better you than me.. I don't need anymore JUNK at my home. ha

Vicki Lane said...

Love the elephant ear bloom!

NCmountainwoman said...

If you have air conditioning, it's never too hot for homemade soup. Our soup night is Wednesday, winter and summer.

You might have caught a cat, but at least you know the trap works.

The Prodigal Tourist said...

Mummy-in-law makes chicken soup all year long, which always seemed odd to me but then, I drink hot tea even when temps reach 100, so who am I to say?
By the way, do you worry that your big cat (that's one handsome fellow!) will have a go at the chickens? Oscar would have been terrified, of course, but yours looks rather bolder.

Becca's Dirt said...

I know you are excited about getting the girls all set up in their new diggs. Looks like they have townhomes.
Your veggie soup sounds so good and makes me want to make a pot too.
How sweet of hubby to buy you some pots. It's nice to be thought of.

NitWit1 said...

Beautiful hen house; home the coons see the no admittance message.

Good luck on garage/yard/deck/whatever sales. I'm thinking of having one Labor Day Weekend. I hate havng one as bad as going to one.

I have an ardent lover of yard sale trekking, who called me unAmerican for not liking to "yard sale" shop.

With slurs flying in town halls these days, I hpme the Nazi slur is not next!

There are some really good bargains; antique dealers make a killing because they know what they are looking at.

I have some fetishes, one is I don't wear used clothes...just me, and I think a childhood thing as my parents exchanged clothes between family members for rapidly growing children, that were perfectly good. I know...I know...get over it. :~)

Reader Wil said...

What a lovely post! I feel at home in your house and garden! How wonderful to see your cat and the pups eating peacefully together.

Carol @ TheWritersPorch said...

Trix...I use that Tony's in everything! I'm a looking to buy not sale but maybe in the fall I will have a sale!

Betsy... I'm a firm believer that one's man's junk can be another's treasure! I treasure that 5 dollar stool I got!

Vicki...I'm still in awe!

Carolyn...that's what I told Hubby, crank down the AC and pretend it's January! YEP! It works, just ask TC!

willow said...

What a beautiful coop. It's giving me some serious chicken envy!!

Becca's Dirt said...

PS I've got you on the list for pecans. OK.

Carol @ TheWritersPorch said...

Denis...TC is a big handsome fellow who lives outside amongst 6 mallard ducks, a guinea, a white crane and a blue heron and pays them no mind. Hot tea or soup go good with AC!

Becca.. life is good!Can't wait to get the Pecans and meet you and DP!

Carol Ann...I used to love going to sales and quit going! It will be a great way to spend time with Hubby!I love a bargain, second hand or not!

Wil...he loves the Mom and Pop too! They all greet eachother every morning with a rub! HA!

Carol @ TheWritersPorch said... was chicken envy in the blog world that made me want some of my own! I can't wait! :)

Sandi McBride said...

I'm jealous! I have several tubs of elephant ears and not one lousy bloom!!! I didn't know they bloomed either! Love the pen can't wait to see the new tenants. Lovely kitty...mine think they're dogs, too...funny how that works, lol...and the dog thinks she is a cat...Lord help us all! Love the pots, your honey is a gem! I think I'd keep him...

Medora said...

That soup picture made me hungry - yum! I could almost smell it.

Brenda Kay Ledford said...

I love chickens. Sure wish I had a place to keep them, but my black lab would probably have them for his supper. That vegetable/beef soup looks really good. Hope your yard sale turns out great!

Pastor Sharon said...

Carol, I am excited to see the finished work of the Red Hen Inn! You guys really have it going on at your place.

Your husband is incredible!!!!

Oh. . . and that Elephant Ear plant, WOW! How beautiful.

jeannette stgermain said...

Your soup is looking good - at my new house it's 5-10 degrees lower (since it's closer to the ocean) - in the 70ties now, so maybe I can make your soup!
I can tell you will be enjoying every minute of the chickens and their new home!

Dirt Princess said...

You need to go leave a comment on Down On the Allotment for Bilbo! I want him to come to Swiftwater Farms!

Elizabeth Spann Craig said...

I am just overwhelmed at how productive you are! You cook, build things, grow organic, read, write....WOW!

Some days I feel I've accomplished something if I've kept my kids from playing out in the street, done a load of laundry, and written a page or so...

Mystery Writing is Murder

Carol @ TheWritersPorch said...

Sandi...hey girl! EE blooms! I was shocked! Too bad people are as loving as dogs and cats!! I intend to keep him for sure!

Medora.. I ate another bowl for lunch with fritos in it! YUM!

Brenda.. thank you for stopping by!

Sharon..hubby says; "grass don't grow under our feet, we keep it mowed" ! He is that and more!

Jeannette...I'm going to have to get over to your place and see how the move went!

DP... DONE! I wish he would come here and dress up the place! HA!
Have fun in NASHVILLE!! :)

Elizabeth..I raised three children myself! Keeping them out of the street and safe is a FULL time job!

Arkansas Patti said...

Now that is one grand coop. Does your hubby hire out? He did a great job and I am so pleased he made it "dig under" proof, something I forgot to do.
Looking forward to the home coming of the girls.

Morning's Minion said...

That soup sounds purely down-home good! I can almost taste it.

Renie Burghardt said...

Wow, Carol, the king and his harem will be happy in their new palace! Have you been thinking up names yet? I used to have a Rhodie that I called Henny Penny. Original, eh? Haha.

The elephant ear flower is gorgeous. What a lovely surprise.

Your soup has made me hungry for soup! Of course, I had hot and sour soup at the Chinese Buffet yesterday, but your soup sounds wonderful. Got to make some, soon.

I have 5 cats and 2 dogs, and they all get along beautifully. TC looks so cute there eating with the puppies.

I don't think you'll have to worry about him going after the chickens. Besides, your dear hubby has that so secure, that nothing can get in.

Can't wait to see the girls and their master in their new home. Have a great Friday.


Renie xox

the wild raspberry said...

i think everyone is ready for the fall and the comforts that they the food and lovely sweaters.
have a wonderful night~

Marguerite said...

Everything looks great over at the Red Hen Inn, Carol! Your soup sounds and looks delicious. Good idea to add the banana peppers! I had so many inquiries about Tony Chachere's seasoning, that I placed a link on my blog's sidebar, where people can order it, if they can't find it at their local Wal Mart. Happy hunting at the yard sales!

Jayme said...

Carol, the coop is really coming along nicely! They sure will be happy there! It's a Hen Hilton for sure. I actually bought a little cross stitched chicken wall hanging at a garage sale and hung it up in my chicken

I put up another little chicken story today. Hope you enjoy it.

Absolutely can't wait to meet your girls.

A Brit in Tennessee said...

That's a great looking chicken coop you have there Carol, hubby did a wonderful job !
Now if I only had a pot of your soup....which looks delicious by the way.
I don't "do" many yard sales these days, just worry too much where I'm going to put "more stuff", but the daughter seems to keep me well-stocked.
Let us know when your chickens start laying, and how they settle in to their new digs..."we'll leave the light on for you ".

crochet lady said...

Can't wait to see the house guests!

That bloom is fabulous, how exotic looking.

Soup is great anytime of the year. I have a hankering for some even though the weather is hot.

A Thousand Clapping Hands said...

Your soup sounds delicious. An entire pot of your homegrown bounty. I love chickens and can't wait to read the tales of their life on Swiftwater Farm. That husband of yours is the hardest working man in show business!
Enjoy flea - ing. (Another thing I love to do!)

Deb Shucka said...

Love the picture of your cat sharing with the pups. That elephant ear looks a lot like a skunk cabbage bloom. Cool!

Elizabeth Bradley said...

What a fine chicken coop! And it's lunch time and I sure do wish I had a bowl of that soup about now. My daughter-in-law is a yard sale junky. She gets almost brand new toys for the kids for next to nothing. Have fun!

Midlife Jobhunter said...

I can't wait to see the chicks!

Thistle Cove Farm said...

Like you, I love soup and yours looks delicious! Nice hubs to buy you a surprise gift.

JoyceAnn said...

Wow Carol ~ The Red Hen Inn looks great , those ladies are going to love it , can't wait to see them.

I've never seen an elephant ear bloom , didn't know they did. It's so tropical looking and very beautiful , so happy you shared a pic of it. I hope mine bloom one day , how long have you had yours?

Your soup makes me hungry , time to raid the fridge (LOL)!

~ Blooming Blessings ~

Mountain Woman said...

Fabulous chicken home. Best of all are the pots your husband found. I sure would love to have them.

Bernie said...

My mom used to raise Rhode Island Reds when we lived in the Uppeer Peninsula of Michigan. She would get the litte chicks and put them in the stairwell to the basement with a jar of warm water and a clock. The roosters were early fryers and the hens ended up in the chicken coop on the other side of the fence to some empty property. My mom would pick them up and hold them in her arms and pet them. Every morning she would go out and bring in three or four fresh eggs. Thank you for helping me remember.