When we were in Tofino, a couple of our neighbours did a fantastic job of caring for our chickens. One of them happens to have chicken-in-danger radar. I thought it was just for her chickens – she would wake up in the night, knowing that there was a raccoon nearby ready to attack. Ends up her radar transfers to our chickens as well. 3 days in a row we had a hawk in our chicken yard, trying to pick off the birds. Somehow, all of our chickens were well and accounted for upon our return. We didn’t see the hawk. We still haven’t seen the hawk. Jeremy saw a hawk today, but it wasn’t attacking anything. We have, however, lost (as in they’ve disappeared, without a trace, and without losing very many feathers) 3 chickens. Both of the Boots fellas… Boots, and Boots V 2.0. Also one of our black laying hens. And Jer’s favourite bird was attacked. It’s living in a box in our house right now. It smells like sick chicken and I don’t like it. We don’t know if a hawk attacked the bird, or our dog (she’s done it before, but only once), or a raccoon, or something else… I’m pretty convinced that it’s a hawk right now. Anyways, the rest of the birds are on pretty significant lock-down unless someone’s outside with them.
My grandfather refurnished a family wardrobe for us last year, and it was supposed to live in our bedroom, but no matter how hard we tried it wouldn’t go up the stairs. So I filled it with yarn, and it hung out in our kitchen for a while, but the plan was to move it into our spare bedroom and get rid of the ugly particle board wardrobe that was in there. But in order to get the ugly one out we had to take it apart. So we did. It’s in pieces outside. I didn’t even think about whether the wardrobe would get around the corner. It did, but barely. I didn’t think about whether it would make it through the door. It didn’t. Not even after we took off the door and the doorframe and put a couple of holes in the walls. So now the wardrobe, still looking like a yarn store and pretty as can be, is back in the kitchen, and the spare bedroom seems a lot bigger without an ugly, yet somewhat useful, wardrobe.