Welcome back to Patina Farm!
We are still pretty dusty around here, but the gardens are moving along.
I thought you might enjoy seeing how the chicken coop is progressing...
My ladies are happy to be dust free today... The Hanley Gold gravel now covers the floor of the coop. I've dusted the gravel with food grade diotomaceous earth. D.E. helps to keep the gravel and chicken droppings dry and pest free.
We installed a ceiling fan (from Lamps Plus) to keep the gals cool on those hot Ojai days. Hens take "dust baths", so I will be filling the galvanized tub with dust and D.E. Using the D.E. on their bodies keeps the mites at bay.
You can also see the grape vines in this image. As they grow, they will provide treats as well as shade for the hens.
My hens love to keep busy. They enjoy digging in the dirt in the pots, hopping in and out of the coop (from My Pet Chicken), and jumping up on the various wood stools. I also give them corn, lettuce as well as their chicken feed to nibble on during the day.
The potting area is on the other side of the coop. There are two large storage closets on either side of the sink to keep the chicken supplies safe from predators.
I hope you enjoyed the tour of our coop! As always, please feel free to ask questions in the comment section of this post.
Hello! Well, we have officially moved into Patina Farm! It's still a dust factory outside, but the rose garden is coming along...
Inside, I've unpacked most of the boxes. Because this is our own house, we can take our time to decorate over the next year or so. As I try to explain to my clients, if you want your house to look collected over time, it needs to be...collected over time!
Here are a few vignettes so far...
Steve and I use the breakfast area every morning.
The mantel is the perfect place to store all of my breadboards. A pair of our Kate chairs work perfectly with the oval table I purchased from my friend, Sara Wardrip, at C'est la Vie Antiques.
A small French Pine chair sits next to the door to my storage closet in the Mud Room.
This morning, I shared this image of my Master Bedroom mantel on Instagram.
The entire family is so excited to be a part of the Ojai community now. We took advantage of the Ojai Farmers' Market this morning. I purchased a small bouquet of lavender and some delicious goat cheese!
We will be continuing the gardens this week, and I am also starting to focus on furnishing the bedrooms that just have mattresses at the moment.
I hope you have a lovely week!