Monday, April 24, 2017

Gratitude Monday -Great Gray Day Edition

We went out west Saturday to collect wild horse manure for the garden.
It was cold, gray, and overcast. While that's not the best day to go toward the mountains--it was hazy and they were all hiding--it was a good owl day.

We were treated to the sight of a Great Gray Owl on the way. He, or she, was beautiful and made up for the great gray day.

Thank you, owl.


Anonymous said...

What a beauty!

solarity said...

That owl was certainly worth the trip.

Collecting manure in the wild! How do you do that? With baskets or buckets? How much? How far away? (A whole post, please.)

Mary Anne in Kentucky

Leah J. Utas said...

Aye, Kimberley.

Mary Anne, I don't know about a whole post, but for now: there are wild horses roaming in the general Nordegg area ( 50 -ish miles west on Hwy 11 from RMH) and they leave their droppings in the ditch, on the highway, wherever.
One good stallion pile can fill a 40 gallon garbage pail.
Mike used a shovel, filled the five gallon buckets and then dumped them into the garbage pails in the back of his pickup truck. Once they were filled he filled the five gallon pails. It took less than two hours and I doubt we even travelled a mile.

solarity said...

Not too time consuming then. I do all right with composted leaves and food garbage, but a little manure would be nice. Of course, I have plenty of wood-ash.

Mary Anne in Kentucky

Leah J. Utas said...

Sorry, I mistyped above. They are 20 gallon garbage pails.

No, it hardly takes long at all and on good days on gets to see the mountains.

messymimi said...

It's sounds like the next best thing to keeping a horse of your own for the purpose. Getting to see mountains, or such a beautiful owl, would make the day even better.

Leah J. Utas said...

Aye, and it did, Messymimi.

Tabor said...

Collecting wild manure? We get ours from a horse rescue farm nearby. You are so lucky to have seen that owl. They are everywhere here, but hard to see as they rarely come out in the daytime.