3/13/11

a weekend at the homestead

Mama and them were out at Dog Island this weekend, so I packed up my laundry and went out to keep an eye on the dogs and chickens and so on. There's never much to say about a quiet weekend, but I took some photos. So:

The bottle tree is blooming. Oh, and I just remembered that I left a green glass ginger ale bottle in the monkey grass that I intended to hang with the others. Sorry, mama! Didn't mean to leave trash in the yard.

Elvis and his ladies went over to visit the neighbor chickens. "Cluck, cluck, how's clucks?"

I just took this one because it seemed so cheesy country. Chickens and pickups!

Then I decided to make my wee nephew Owen a tent, because what kid doesn't love a place of their own? So I found an ax in dad's garage and set out into the bamboo forest to cut me some tent poles.

I dragged the poles up on the porch and lashed them together. I left one long for a flagpole. I'd bought a plain sheet at goodwill and cut it down for the cover.

And done! I fastened the cover with a dinosaur button, so Lily can leave the frame outside and just bring in the sheet when it's not in use. I left it blank so Owen can decorate it himself.

And here's Shane. He's really in tents.

Then some of my friends came over and we drank a lot of beer and had a good ol' time. And that was my weekend at the homestead. I love it.

10 comments:

Lois said...

You are a very cool uncle--love the tent!

downtown guy said...

Thanks! I don't know if I'm a cool uncle or if I just really like making little tents and leantos and shacks. Both?

Bethany said...

in tents, haha!
Love the tent, you're the best.
Can't wait to see Owen playing in it.
Thanks for the sweet pics.
Glad you had a fun, relaxing time.

downtown guy said...

I know it was a groaner, but I had to make that pun.

Ms. Moon said...

I love these pictures! And I love you. Thank-you so much for coming out and keeping things in order and having fun. You ARE a wonderful and very cool uncle!

downtown guy said...

Thanks for letting me. I always love my weekends at the house.

May said...

God, but isn't it just pretty out there? Even chickens and trucks are pretty. Shane looks like a giant in that tent.

downtown guy said...

Who's got two thumbs and likes tents? That guy right there.

screamish said...

ah ha! the famous bamboo...

the chickens and pickup truck photo is a nice one...

downtown guy said...

Thank you. Hard to take a bad photo on a day like that.