Things have been moving forward on the Duck Cabin. In spite of some rainy days Mr. Comfortable has been able to get a lot done. I feel terrible about not being able to help but most of the things he’s been doing are things I can’t do anyway. The important thing is that he’s still moving forward on the Duck Cabin so Freckles and Penguin can move in soon!
The picture above is actually Humewood Castle in County Wicklow, Ireland but it’s close to what I picture when I think of the Duck Cabin.
We’ve been moving forward on the duck cabin and on the play area.
Mr. C took time out from working on the cabin to install the pool. I have to admit some of the work he’s doing is because I’m a worrier. I thought the ducks wouldn’t be able to get into the pool if it were just sitting on the ground. I wanted him to build a little ramp so they could reach the top edge.
But Mr. C is nothing if not considerate. He didn’t want me to be concerned. So he dug out the ground and got rid of a huge grape-vine that was in the way. He made the ducks an in-ground pool! I’m putting off mentioning that I’m worried they won’t be able to get out and how they need a ramp built for inside the pool.
The grape-vine that ran right beneath the spot for the pool is now gone and the pool is in!
Moving forward on the Duck Cabin requires more skills than I have!
Once the pool was in the ground Mr. C moved on to building the frames for the roof and doors. I hadn’t realized the roof even needed a frame. This is why I’m not in charge of construction. It’s also important, apparently, to have the frames for the doors level on both the top and the sides.
The day after he worked on the framing was rainy in the morning but Mr. C still managed to get the front door framed in and the door hung. I thought that would be all he could get done but he finished the back door, too!
Mr. C installed door jambs to keep the door from easily being pushed in by any larger predators.
The front door has been hung. View of front door from inside. The back door is also up!
Another shot of the back door. The doors fit perfectly and nothing can get in!
I feel good about moving forward on the duck cabin knowing Freckles & Penguin will be safe.
I mentioned I’m a worrier, right? We have a lot of predators here. I once had a raccoon get into my barn and it slaughtered 28 chickens. It was a scene of pure carnage. Raccoons will often kill and tear apart prey even if they can’t eat them all. The memory of those poor chickens has stayed with me. So I wanted to be sure that no raccoon could figure out how to open the doors and get at Freckles and Penguin.
Every suggestion that Mr. Comfortable made I shot down. I guess I think we have the Dr. Evil of raccoons here. Logically I knew that it would be relatively easy to foil the raccoons’ attempts to open the door but I couldn’t help thinking that I was putting those poor ducks outside only to be a buffet.
Mr. Comfortable, instead of hitting me over the head with something heavy and being done with it did something wonderful. He came home with two locks that even a human would have trouble opening. They have keys! They have keys I can keep in the house where no raccoon can find them! I’ll probably lock the keys to the Duck Cabin in the safe. You never know how clever your raccoons are until you get complacent.
Check out that lock! There’s another on the back door. Nothing is getting to Freckles and Penguin!
Mr. Comfortable informs me that it’s time to start the walls! We really are moving forward on the duck cabin!
Dolly from Kool Kosher Kitchen and Margaret from Soul Food 101 have stated it’s a Duck Castle not a cabin. I’m thinking of making a sign with a good Irish name and a stately history to hang on this amazing structure! I think the ducks would like that.