Tuesday, August 31, 2010
Here at the farm, dirt is in short supply. So the Crews Boys brought us some in their big and loud dump truck.
It's for the raised beds of bushes I'm going to install to pretty up the place for Thanksgiving. We gots fancy relatives comin'.
They spread the dirt all across the front bed too. I like that better than working hard by hand.
Here's another "goat in the grass" pic and also the whole family together.
The babies seem to be doing as well as babies twice their size. They're entering the cute phase where they jump and flip and make goat ownership seem like an excellent idea.
Thursday, August 26, 2010
Ginny's due date was yesterday, and Katie has been watching her like a hawk.
It's a good thing, too, since she hid in the woods and delivered these three little kids this afternoon.
Katie went on her routine Ginny search and heard what to me sounds like a squeaky gate. She saw two little babies with Ginny. About the third Katie said, "The runt was invisible. She was under a log."
Ginny has had her molasses water and her feed.
She seems as refreshed and energetic as if nothing out of the ordinary happened today.
The Crews Boys (who are actually not boys, but men) have arrived to supply all of our fencing needs.
This is the bull pen so far today. They took down the old fence, hydraulically put in the new posts, and are currently putting the old woven wire, plus a new roll, back up.
They'll add a hot wire across the top for extra security, and to keep a hungry horse from leaning her neck on the fence.
The men gave two of the girls nicknames today. They call Laura "Lemonhead" because she got lemon juice in her hair. And they call Becky "SpongeBob." I couldn't tell you why that name stuck.
Now Katie is hoping beyond hope to be nicknamed by the Crews Boys.
Monday, August 23, 2010
Sunday, August 22, 2010
Here is Sirius getting a surprise in his new box mansion.
Saturday, August 21, 2010
Thursday, August 19, 2010
I think one of the nicest things about pretending to be self-sufficient is the feeling of accomplishment at the end of the day.
Raising young ladies of virtue is certainly a noble calling, and each day is an important work. But it's hard to see what's been achieved until later. Sometimes years later.
Canning peaches, however, is a task that is instantly rewarding. (There were more jars, but I took some as gifts.)
I used Pomona's Pectin, a low sugar pectin that uses calcium to gel rather than sugar. I love the flavors of the fruit I'm canning this year because they're not overpowered by sweetness.
I think that my plum or peach preserves with just a touch of sweetness would go well in this recipe for an Italian Jam Tart:
Tuesday, August 17, 2010
Vidalia is getting trained up by Becky. She's working on a basic skill right now- being caught by humans.
If anyone's wondering whether Vidalia will be a good pony for riding this Thanksgiving, I think you'll find a well trained riding horse awaiting your arrival.
In an effort to keep up with the Fat Suburbanite Dads, we went on a road trip to a national park. Here are some of the exciting things we saw.
Actually, the picnic area we usually go to was closed due to a bear. That was kind of neat.
Here are today's projects (some of them, anyway.)
Katie had the idea to make a pop-up basket in the Nile for baby Moses. For those of you on facebook, this explains the status update where I talk about getting hot glue in my hair.
Becky made book ends with deer antlers. They lend a rustic feeling to the room.
Laura made picture frames which are very pretty, but I didn't think to photograph them. Maybe next time.
Saturday, August 7, 2010
Although she is a teenage girl, Becky is not my nemesis. This pool is.
I have been in it one time so far, for approximately 5 minutes on the day it was 114 degree heat index. It didn't feel very refreshing. It felt warm.
Mostly, I just spend lots of time and energy trying to perfectly balance the water.
Cub Creek with its snakes and other frightening beasties is looking better all the time.
If anyone wonders, this is a total of 3'6 deep and 16' across. It holds about 4,000 gallons, which we bought from WEL inc. in Concord.