Snow

This is one of the coldest winters and we had our first snowfall for 2018 yesterday. We got more than expected and didn’t have to go to work so I’m out and about photographing the snow.

The chicken and ducks are cold and they have to be well-fed to keep their bodies warm, they also fly back and forth to keep their bodies warm.

The snowfall overnight and made the net very heavy.

The ducks don’t mind staying outside in the cold, but I’m sure they can’t wait for Spring and warm weather to arrive.

The chickens stay inside the cope and only come out to eat.

I’m happy to see the snow but can’t wait to work in the garden again.

Max loves playing in the snow, and I enjoyed a day off from work. I went back to work today, the road was treacherous in the morning especially the secondary roads that were packed with ice. The drive home was not so bad, most roads were cleared.

10 Year Anniversary of Blogging at Nye Noona

This has been my virtual home for 10 years and I certainly enjoy blogging at Nye Noona. As long as I could remember, we never stayed at one place for more than 10 years. Since I was little we moved from place to place. We fled from a war-torn country Laos when I was little to Thailand, then we immigrated to American, Brooklyn New York. The church bus picked us up at the JFK Airport to take us to the new apartment passing through Flatbush Avenue late at night on December 10th. This was the first time I saw a strange culture where people decorated their houses with lighted trees, soon I learned that those were Christmas trees. We moved to Philadelphia during my sophomore year in High School and moved back to New York for College. After College, we moved to North Carolina and I have been here since. Since then, we have moved numerous times, obviously within the 10 years time frame except for the last house we lived there for 11 years. I certainly hope that it’s not going to be a trend for this virtual home, 10 years of blogging and I’m still happy here.

New Garden

This garden has been abandoned for at least 10 years, just standing here I could see that back then it was a simple country garden with rows of corn and vegetables. I like the idea of having a simple garden, when I came to see the house a year ago I never expected that the property has a small garden in the backyard.

The path was covered with leaves, and I feel so much better being able to see the path to the garden now.

So far I’ve planted two persimmon trees that I purchased from Wat Lao Buddhavong in Virginia last summer.

I’m seeing a few buds on the tree, and hopefully it’ll produce fruits this year.

It’s still cold at night in our area, I think this will be the last week of frost and I’ll be able to plant the vegetables this weekend.

I purchased the lemongrass stalks from the Asian market and soaking them in water to grow roots.

The backyard has been a dumping ground for the previous owners, and through the piles of left over building materials I found a pile of old reclaimed barn wood. I was surprised to see this, not sure what to do with it yet. Some people use this to build a kitchen island to create the rustic look, or old farm table. I do love rustic furniture, but by the look of this, it’s a bit too rustic for me.

I found a dozen sheets of left over metal roof, building posts, and treated wood that Bo can use to build his new duck barn. There’s still many more piles to go through but first I have to work in my garden.