Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Screen doors!

It's been a beautiful few days here in Maine! We had about 4 quarts of strawberries from the plants we planted last year, and the raspberries and blueberries are just starting to come in. The rhubarb has taken off again, so we're still storing in the freezer, and suddenly the tomatoes and peas are starting to bloom. We've also had several salads so far from our patio lettuce. 

And with 4th of July, came 4th of July sales, so we branched out and bought two new screen doors! This is so exciting, because neither of our current screen doors closed properly - one of them the handle rotated 360 degrees! So it's something we've wanted to replace from day 1. With the new screens it's already super nice to have them open and get some breeze in, and this winter they should be SO much better insulators for the main doors. 

Barkley lends her help to Brandon unpacking the new screen door fro the kitchen. 

It look a bit more prep work than realized to get the doors up......originally we'd thought it'd just be some paint and attach the door.....

But most of the boards were rotten, so we ended up replacing pretty much the whole frame on both doors. 

The before! 

The after! It'll look SO much better once we actually power wash the outside of the's been green since we've bought it.....:)

The before for the front door - all glass (with gold accents!) and a handle that turns all the way around....

To a all glass, with a top portion that turns to screen in the summer. So much fresher and cleaner! 
The chickens are doing well! Brandon finished off the roof on their "safe area" using some leftover plastic panels and wood some friends had (so it's green.....but since it's behind the shed, you can't really see it!).  
He also ran a 6ft fence into the woods for them to have a larger area to roam in the day. 

The easter eggers and barred rocks enjoying the new run. Within an hour they managed to get out under the fence....all 7 of them. So we dug in the bottom and added some hardware cloth pins...

The bantams enjoying the run too. And a very hot Brandon. It's been in the 80's here with 90% humidity....blech! 

Someone else loves the new screen doors! Now she can just glare at us rather than have to paw at the door...:)