These are the boots that have hung on our gate since we settled on the name Mucky Boots Farm for this place.
They aren't even farmer's boots - they're sailor's boots - but they're what we had at the time. They were bright yellow and welcoming, and looked great with the fake daisies we filled them with.
Now, after more than a year of all kinds of weather they are faded to a sickly yellow-beige, they're cracking, and every time it rains the weight of the water filling up the boots rips them a little more from the cord we hung them from.
Time for a farm-gate-boot makeover.
To that end, I have been looking for some boots with attitude at discount and thrift stores, and haven't found anything with enough personality. After all, the boots on the gate are the first thing visitors see and the easiest way for them to identify our property, so Plain Jane green or black rubber boots won't quite do.
Then, probably in response to the recent bad weather, a local store got in a new order of rubber boots, so we went to check them out. And there I was with Kim, who was buying serious waterproofed, insulated, rugged-soled chicken-mucking rubber boots, and what was I buying?
Welcome to Mucky Boots Farm!