The tom turkey began to strut his stuff for the ladiees. i tried to get a photo of him, but he was being shy and closed his tail when I took the camera out. Later, when he is strutting for real, he will strut around the farm and make a drumming sound by expanding the air in his chest quickly. The turkeys have a bunch of coarse feathers that stick straight out of their breasts, called the brush, which the Scots modeled the tassel after.
The ducks were mating today as well and the rooster was asserting his dominance over the other roosters. A few of the chickens need to be put down due to frozen feet. One poor hen has lost her entire foot at the knee joint and quite a few others have lost toes, including the young Muscovy duck. Once the Muscovies started to sleep in the chicken coop, which is insulated, they were faring much better.
The guests at the Inn left this morning after two weeks with me. I saw them every day for breakfast and again for most suppers. I am very tired today, not from doing the work, but from having to get up so early because I am not a morgning person. I tried to nap this afternoon, but Sofi was whining and would not shut up. I have no idea what she wanted or needed, but she would not be quiet. She is not in my good books.
I found a new used desk that I will pick up this evening to replace this old office desk. This desk is an oak model that had the typewriter bolted right in and for the night, the typewriter turned upside down leaving the desk clean. The trouble is with the apparatus to flip the board where the typewriter was, there is no leg room and only two small drawers. The new to me desk will have 5 drawers and lots of leg room. I should be able to put the printer on the desk as well and free the floor space in the living room. When I can wrangle some one to help me bring it into the house, I will get it unloaded from the truck.
After I return tonight, I will read a bit from my new herbalist books and study more aromatherapy, even possibly watch a movie. I have been looking at the classics and enjoying them.
And that was the beautiful day. The only drawback is that ice forms overnight making the whole yard a skating rink by morning…dangerous! But then the day comes and the sun comes and it warms and is glorious. Sunny Alberta!