I'm a very keen gardener since I was a kid. My mom tought me a lot, but I still don't have her green thumb. She can literally shove a dry stick into the dirt and grow a tree from it Gardening season is at the edge of starting right now and yesterday I planted some pumpkin, different kinds of cabbage and nasturtium seeds and repotted all my indoor plants. This year, mom and I sensibly buy and plant bee food plants, of course
Then, I'm a rabbit breeder. My satin angora rabbits don't live in those nasty single hutches everyone knows, but in relatively large enclosures in groups. I'm waiting for the first litter of the year to arrive (Reminds me of checking on the mother-to-be!).
I'm a tinkerer too, although I'm not that well equipped with tools and knowledge. This year I built a watering system for the rabbits, so they would always have access to fresh water. They had bottles before and quite often these went dry while I was at work. Not healthy! I was closely monitored during construction
This is Tulipan farm's Lawrence Oliver, an hungarian buck with american and swiss parents ^^ He's the father of the awaited litter.
Water runs through simple garden hoses to the drinking troughs.
I built a "hay press" last year so I didn't have to mess with loose hay.
It's a lot of work to press the handmade hay into these bales, but then it's much easier to handle, to bring it up to the hayloft and take it out again in winter and carry it to the rabbits.
And someone who raises wool animals will certainly process the wool ^^ I'm a spinner (in German, this is a great joke, because "spinnen" also means "spinning wool" and "being crazy" ^^ So a "Spinner" in German is an oddball...)
I also refurbished my house. I bought it in 2014 and it was in a poor condition. My dad helped me to install new electric and water systems. Interior design was my job.
Here's the staircase to the upper floor, as an example... I still have to rework the stairs themselves, but that's not on top position of my to do list...
Bathroom. Still small (and a liiiiittle bit messy
), but I think it looks a bit different now... The window was installed by the roofers, who were up there insulating and covering the roof anyway. That was a bit too tough for me...
Next project are quail. I was planning on chickens, but building the chicken coop is a bigger deal than I thought and I need a helping hand, which is not in sight. So I go a size smaller I'm reusing rabbit cages I bought from another breeder last year, but never actually used for the intended purpose of keeping the young males separatley until they are "ripe" (you can't keep intact males together when they reach puberty, they'll fight to the blood). So I constructed this little enclosure for quail.
The little stall still lacks a roof. I need to make it hinged, so it mustn't be too heavy and it needs a skylight. Still a little thinking to be done, before the little birds can move in ^^