During week two of duck life Blake and Cassie decided to take the ducks on a picnic in our garden! They loved it and got to swim around the big baby pool! They are getting so big so quick and they are an absolute clumsy joy to be around. They are currently three weeks and a day old and are still nestled in their brooder. They should be able to go outside to their duckhouse in a week or so, and hopefully the weather will be a little warmer by then and they will have more feathers too. Right now we can see feathers starting to poke through; mostly on their butts. We have been going to the food co-op and the natural food store for organic scraps. Its AWESOME! There are so many delicious food scraps and believe me, these little guys eat a TON! We have found they cucumbers and strawberries are their favorites. They also love to forage through their hay, so we try and hide bits of strawberries in their bedding. It's like they're found gold when they find those strawberry bits. More to come soon!
Also, we have two new roomates entering the household very soon. Jenn, who is a reiki master, herbalist, and shaman is still in the process of moving in. I can't wait for her to actually be around often. She is so great and I have a million things to learn from her! I hope that we can make tinctures together with the herbs we are able to grow in our garden. We just decided on a roomate the other night who is moving in June 1st. He will be replacing Megan because she got a SWEET job in Tahoe. We will miss her a lot, but wish her lots of luck and unending joy in her next adventure. Our new June mate is a rock climber named Chris and he loooooves to garden as well. So all is looking up here in the Gely house.
RUB A DUB DUB DUCKS IN THE TUB! We plopped our duckies right in the tub and chopped up some carrot tops for them to fish out of the water. They absolutely love fishing. They are getting so big, very quickly. Lavender is TALL and seems like the protector of the duck troop! Noodle is the best swimmer! And we are thinking that little Francesca will become the best layer. Each of them seem to have something special going on. We wanted them to be able to swim around in a bigger space because they are getting way too big for the little bucket we have been using. Also, we are using their future LARGE baby pool for the brooder. One or two more weeks and they can be moved outside to their duckshed home and then they can swim in the baby pool! woohoo! no more smelly ducks inside.
While Following Megan and Andrew on their raw cleansing diet, they made a delicious acorn squash bake.... I had to snap a photo cause it looked soooo good. They cut the squash in half, removed the seeds in the center, poured some water in the middle and placed veggies inside, then simply popped it in the oven... so easy.
Also, Kat made us some kahlua brownies. I was skeptical at first because I'm not consuming alcohol for a month or two, but they ended up being pretty dang fantastic!
Today was their first venture into the wild (aka the side of our home). We also threw them in the garden where we watched them gobble up some spiders and rolly pollies (they start small and hopefully they will soon be able to eat some of the snails that are eating our garden). Luce Luce is being a very good kitty... she hangs around the ducks and baths in the sun. Blackie, on the other hand, is going to be some trouble. He watches them so intensely, licks his lips, and tries to creep up on them... We paid close attention to the little ones and after a while and a few taps on Balckie's butt, Blackie started chilling in the shade and minding his own business. We also let them swim around for a few minutes in a little plastic easter basket my mom sent me in the mail. So as not to waterlog them we took them out quickly, but they thoroughly enjoyed their first minutes of water action. Noodle even went completely under! So all is well so far with the duckies. Exciting! They are growing so fast; very noticeable differences such as weight... francesca got chubbier, and their legs look stronger (they aren't tripping over their HUGE feet as much).
We all hopped in the car after we got the call: our duckies are ready!!! Woooo!!! Now they are safe at home and we absolutely cannot stop smiling. They are the cutest things on the planet. After clumsy attempts to walk, climb into our shirts, jump, and drink and eat.... I think im in love with the duckies. adooooorable... We named our little flat footed sisters Lavender (also know as Treva Lav), Francesca, and Noodle. I will be providing a daily/ weekly update these first few months. Hooray for our blue runner ducks!
Myself, Andrew and 30 of his friends made it out to the Black Rock Desert for the annual Burning Feng. We hit three passes during a blizzard and for a while thought we were going to get stuck in some seedy hotel in Alturas but we finally made it out to Trego at 130 am. It was wicked cold and windy and I ended up stuck in the car for a day with a fever and chills. The next day I recovered and we headed up to Disaster Peak, a 1400 foot ascent from the desert. We came down and burnt the best Fengus yet. Epicness ensued. It was a long trek but a wonderful one :)