I know, I know it has been some time since I wrote about the Indianapolis F&P Show but I wanted to show you what I purchased while there. I bought two Purple Martin Houses. I have always wanted one of these so I took this opportunity to get a couple.
They came as a kit, all predrilled with screws provided. I thought they went together easily. The difficult part came when I had to paint them. Not that the painting was difficult, cleaning up my mess was the difficult part.
It was too cool to paint outside so I set up on the diningroom table to paint. I put cardboard on the table to protect it and went to painting. The bad part was that I didn't tape the cardboard to the table so when I scooted the Martin House to paint a different side the cardboard went over the edge and yes, you guessed, the paint can went to the floor. UGH... Luckily I was using white Latex paint. I dashed to get the dust pan. I scooped up all the paint I could and put it back into the can. Then I yelled for my Dearly Beloved to HELP. He got the carpet shampooer that we have and went over and over the area. With his diligence he got the paint out of the carpet. Thank you DB.
With that drama over I present to you our Purple Martin Colony. Ready and waiting for occupation. My DB had no hope for anything but House Sparrows to occupy these lovely little homes until we were sitting in the back yard yesterday when we saw 8 Purple Martins swooping above our garden. It was so exciting just seeing them in the area. I hope some of them take up residence here.
We had a 5.2 earthquake in our area this morning and the PM Houses are still standing so I guess they are anchored in the ground well.
Below shows the set-up that the people selling the houses displayed. I used this set up but with only two of the houses. The center post on our set up is going to have a weather vane that I have to place on it. I got the wrong fitting to screw it onto the post. Being the impatient person that I am I wanted the houses up before I went back to get the correct fitting. Besides I was a little leary of the weathervane being there. I am not sure if the PM's would find it acceptable in their space. We are anxiously awaiting new neighbors.