Monday, September 23, 2013
We've had torrential rains over the last week or so - which means large puddles & new challenges.
We installed a 'sun porch' with 'wind & rain shield' on their deck... Yes, the ducks now have a covered deck...
This is actually a good thing - we somehow forgot that in positioning their house to face south (lots of year-round sun) that the entrance will get blasted with the winter storms & rain will be blown inside the house. We are hoping that the wind & rain shield will help reduce this. We can remove the plywood come spring time...
The excessive rains have also meant that the ducks now have some new puddles, pools & ponds. The water gets 'stanky' pretty quick, but it also drains within a few days.
I would like to dig this pool out a bit more (next spring?) so they actually have some proper room to dive & swim - something they adore to do given enough space.
I like that it provides some shade at this time of year. Amazingly enough - September sunshine can get pretty hot & it is rather humid out there after all the rain.
Today, after spending hours down in their pond, they decided to take their mid-afternoon nap close by the house in a tiny sliver of shade by the deck. I think they missed having me out in the yard, but I was busy in the house making pesto - I'm sure they could hear the blender going!
It's good to have them running around the yard - I've never noticed how many small slugs there are out there til I started really looking for things to give them!