Category Archive: farming

2017
08/18

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farming
food
Life
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Boredom?

Boredom?   Doesn’t happen here!

This knocked me off my chair late last night.   I really thought he would never find the right woman.   He’s nearly 40 now, so he’s met a few and no one appealed to him enough to make him pop the question.  Now he has done it!   And we are happy for them.   No date has been set yet.

I took Beau (dog) to the vet this morning to get the stitches out and he gets so excited with all the new smells, it is difficult to hang onto him.  We came home from that and Bill and I went to the grocery store.  I had a short list, but, even so, they didn’t have half the items on my list.

The UPS man dropped these 40# boxes off at the gate to the barn instead of at the front door.  When DH went to get them, one of the dogs slipped by and did a neighborhood walk about.   So I put the boxes in the back of the car and then went dog chasing.   And this is why I go to the gym 3 days a week.

I made stuffed Rigatoni for a company lunch tomorrow.  I simmered the tomatoes to half the amount and added vegetables to that.   The filling for these is a vegan ricotta/spinach filling.   Then I did get some basic house cleaning done and 5 pints of green beans canned.

When I went to feed the sheep, I found one with his head stuck in the fence and he didn’t want to pull back, so I called a neighbor to have him help me push the head back through.   How is it these sheep can twist their heads to get to grass on the other side of a fence, but can’t twist it to get back out?   Boredom on a farm?   It doesn’t happen.   Sometimes I wonder what I did for entertainment when we lived in the city, and then I remember.   We had little children and music lessons!

Every day this week, I had allocated the afternoon to sewing, but every time an afternoon came, there was something else more pressing.    I only have a week and a half of this month left and still have not completed any of my August sewing/quilting challenges, though some are started.   The knitting challenge is finished.   I just looked at next weeks and find that Monday, we go to the heart doctor and my helper that usually comes for 5 hours on Monday is taking the day off for eclipse reasons. Tuesday, the people are coming with the excavator to dig the hole to put a large water tank and a propane tank.   Lines will be dug to connect the water to the house as well.  Maybe Sunday, after I water the gardens, and Wednesday I can work on some of these projects.  I don’t do well missing sleep, so that is not an option.

Boredom?   I don’t even know what that is.

Right now, I’m ready for the Sabbath rest.   You are welcome to join us.

2017
08/17

Category:
farming
food
Garden
Knitting
Life

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Errands and food prep

Errands and food prep took my day.   As soon as my helpers got here this morning, I had them unload the 4’x6′ stall mats that I had purchased.  These are made from recycled tires and are they heavy!   Each weighs close to 100 pounds.  We put them down in the stalls which the former owner decided needed concrete.   It keeps the moisture and cold from coming up through the concrete.  That way our babies will stay a bit warmer when they are very young.

As soon as they were unloaded, I drove off to the feed store for a dozen bags of grain.   Home again and unloaded.  I took a brief half hour to make and serve lunch and went back to get the other stall mats.   That was a lot of driving around.

These little shell socks are finished.  I love them.   Plus this yarn is so good about being tossed in the washer and dryer.

I made a batch of tomato sauce (including processing) with the tomatoes and zucchini in the garden.  The string beans are cut and ready to cook.   There aren’t enough to run a canning batch, so I’ll just partially cook them and put them in the freezer.  There was a pound and a half of blueberries and another huge bowl of cucumbers wanting to turn into pickles, so tomorrow – maybe.   I have been sharing the zucchini and cucumbers as much as I can.  I really do love all the fresh food from the garden, but I think I just plant too many after a long winter.

The geese love their fresh drinking water.   Remember how small they were this spring.

2017
08/14

Category:
farming
food

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Little shell sock progress;

I am loving the way these “Little shell socks” have turned out.  They are ready to have the toes knit in and finished off.    They have been on the needles way too long.  My goal was to finish them this month and that should happen.

These sheep now have permanent residence here.   The hay wagon helped me get a bit closer to them.  There is a saying in sheep and some other livestock “stranger danger” and until they get used to me being the one bringing food, that’s how they will think.   They have luscious wool and about half are lambs.  Most of them are colored, which is also sought after.   So I am a happy shepherdess today.

When I was picking blueberries, I saw this beautiful dragonfly on one of the leaves.

2017
08/10

Category:
farming
food

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Too much excitement

Today has been filled with too much excitement.    I was blending some tomato sauce when the lid flew off.  (no photo)  The kitchen is a bit cleaner now.   Then went out to put something in the freezer and found this freezer –  which was over half full – has died.   A quick transfer of ingredients to other freezers in the house saved the ingredients.   Now all freezers are full and there will be more food coming in.

 

The good excitement is that the dozer is here taking out the huge blackberry patch, which is basically what looks like dead grass in this photo .    We had it all weed whacked down and then just decided to have it all taken out and pasture put in.  This is just a small part of all the blackberry and nettles that are on this property.   My guess is that when he is done, it will be about 4 acres worth.   It is too much work to whack it down every summer.   He has just started, so will keep you posted

2017
08/06

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farming
food
Garden
quilts

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Male Cardinal is paper pieced

Between picking blueberries and cucumbers, watering, working on the tomatoes,  etc., I finished this little fellow.  He will finish at 8″ square and will get a mate sometime in the next week.  I do enjoy getting a chance to work on projects, but often during the summer, they have to take a back seat.

There is another double batch of cucumber relish now in the refrigerator.   In the morning, I will rinse it, put the rest of the ingredients in and can it.

Beau, the dog in the foreground spent some time at the vet’s on Friday.   He had to have stitches in two places and they updated his shots, which were way out of date.   In two weeks we go back to have the stitches out.   The window that he went through to cut himself now has fencing over it.   He didn’t go through glass, it was a cutout, but had a nail where screening had previously been.  However, we don’t enjoy spending money at the vet’s, so have that covered.

I also went to the grocery store that day and had a physical.   When chores were done, I just lay down for a bit and went to sleep and that is why no blog post.

2017
08/03

Category:
Bees
farming
Life
quilts

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More animal adventures

 

Animal adventures are getting a bit too time consuming around here.   The dogs managed to get out to the road and visit with a couple neighbors this morning.   Beau got out of one pasture into another 4 times before we figured out how he was doing it.   He also got a cut, so he gets to go to the vet for 3-4 stitches.   Tomorrow, the electricity will be moved lower on the gate.   Then we’ll let him test it again.

It was hot for here today.   At 95 degrees, even the bees came out to get cooled off.  See the mass of black on the gray box.   That is just a mass of bees.  I’ll check their box again tomorrow.   Maybe they need another box for ventilation.   See the fellow in the background?   If they see me, their is one thing on their mind:   FOOD.  Yes, I am the food dispenser.

After all that fun and running around this morning, I was able to spend a bit of time in the studio (where it is also cooler) this afternoon.   I think I will get this fellow finished on Sunday.

Tomorrow, there is gym, then picking blueberries, watering and another doctor appointment.

2017
08/01

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farming

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Fiber adventures

It was time for “Fiber adventures” with these 4 boys as it is time to leave their mothers.  They are getting old enough to be potent and dumb enough to catch any female in their area including their mother and sisters.

So I recruited a friend and her two helpers.   The lambs and mothers had the run of the property in the early spring, so these lambs knew their way around.   They knew there were two ways around the garage, two ways around the house and they knew the complete circle around the hoop house.   So they gave us all a good adventure.  These dogs were hot and tired.   Moving 4 boys 400 feet away from their mother so there was a complete pasture between them was a lot of work.   Here the dogs are getting to cool off after all that running.

These 4 beautiful boys are now in their new pasture where they will stay until sold.   They are beautiful with nice fine fleece.  However, many of the rams do not get to play the breeding game.   They are kept for their nice fleeces or become BBQ.

Every once in awhile, we get excitement around here and this was one of those days.   Another of those days, is when we have to change the coats on our ewes.  This day is overdue.   It is just too hot this week.  However, we did get to the feed store to get more grain.   Unfortunately, others shepherds had the same idea and we will go back sooner than if we had been able to get a full load.

2017
07/09

Category:
farming
Life

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Farming can be interesting

Farming can be interesting.   Last night Lacey dug out of the pasture she was in with sheep { but if needed she could have gone back in through the same hole}.   I forgot to put the chain across the gate where Beau was supposed to be attending sheep, so he was not in that pasture (though again, the door was open so he could get in if needed.  5 of the sheep went through a door to get the grain put out for them, but somehow, one of them backed into the door and closed it so the other sheep couldn’t get in and they couldn’t get out.   Did I say “Farming can be interesting”?  And just look at these predicted temperatures.

Guess where we’ve been again.   DH is spending the night there for observation.   He had some chest pressure and better safe than sorry.  He will undoubtedly come home in the morning.

2017
07/07

Category:
Bees
farming
Life

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Bee watering and moving sheep

The boxes on the left are the best thing I’ve seen yet for the bee watering.   They are coated so that they hold liquid, yet they have the slatted boards inside so the bees can land and not drown.   They are meant to be able to feed the bees sugar water in times of drought, but since bees need water all summer, I think I can just put water in them and the bees can easily find it.  The screens are for on top.  One can just pour the liquid through them and not have to open the bee box and get the bees upset.  So these came home with me.

The spent most of my day with a friend going through the wool that I have here.   She showed me how to clean the finest wool and we looked at the sheep which her husband brought to me.   It appears he didn’t find the list she left him and brought some of the correct sheep and some will be replaced.   After she left, I moved the Cormo sheep to the big pasture behind the house, which has been empty for 4 months and left the Shetlands where they were.   There are plenty of blackberries for them there.   The Shetland rams are moved up to a hot wire enclosed acre.   We also decided which ones should be sold.   It was a very productive day, but I’m ready for the Sabbath.

I pray that each of you will have a restful Sabbath and happy weekend.

 

2017
07/06

Category:
farming
Life

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Another day in the sun

We were delighted with another day in the sun through children’s eyes.  They found a beautiful garter snake down by the pond, which after showing us, they took back to be with his family.

 

 

 

 

 

 

More learning to drive.   They brought a cousin with whom to enjoy the day and to teach the new skills they had learned.    So there were two 13 year olds and a 12 year old.   What sheer joy they have!

And after all the hard work of driving the mower tractor, they need a refreshing dip, which the neighbor willingly shared.

  Yes, other things were started, but other than a lot of weed whacking and watering, nothing else was finished.