Friday, August 17, 2007

A Boy and His Goat......

Meet Mike. For those of you who have not read this blog from its beginning, you may not know Mike. Mike is my brother-in-law, husband to Becky (the Vet)...my hubby's sister. Mike and Becky moved from Reno, Nevada a little over a year ago and bought 5 acres of Bee Haven Acres. They built a beautiful log home there and now Bee Haven Acres is a project that we all share. Mike is our resident Beekeeper and oversees the care of the critters on a daily basis. He wears many hats, but the most important is that of animal "Daddy". While the ducks were babies, they would follow him all over the farm. He is ex-Marine and ex-cop but as gentle as they come and just loves the critters to death.

I am sure you have already met O'Malley. O'Malley is our youngest female fainting goat. She was born on St. Patty's day, is the smallest and cutest of our fold. She is gentle, loving and completely trusting. She often follows Mike around the farm as he tends to daily chores. She has adopted him as her "Daddy". It is not unusual to see Mike jogging down through the field with O'Malley in tow, or to see Mike driving around in the Gator with O'Malley on his lap.

By the way, that is our 130 lb. Newfie, Maddie in the picture. She loves O'Malley, too.

Wednesday, August 8, 2007

Garden explosion!!

It seems like just yesterday, I was planting seeds in tiny pots in the greenhouse. Now, months later, cold weather is just a memory and the dog days of August are upon us, and those tiny seedlings are mature plants bursting with produce. Thirty tomato seedlings were transplanted into the garden late in May and we watched them struggle to get a foothold. Now, there are 30 strong plants loaded with big juicy fruit.

Our green beans have grown to the top of the garden fence, survived a Japanese beetle attack and have gone on to yield a few bushels of beans. Here is Becky standing next to the bean vines (Becky is almost 6 feet tall)....

Each day brings a harvest of tomatoes, peppers, corn, green beans, peas, zucchini, cucumbers, summer squash, broccoli, cauliflower and cabbage. Countless hours have been spent to preserve this bountiful harvest for use during the winter months. The real work remains....at the height of tomato harvest we will be cooking and canning for many hours.....salsa, sauce, stewed tomatoes.....and more.

Just for fun, Becky planted pumpkins. She hopes this pumpkin will reach prize-winning size......it is well on its way! Even if it does not win, we can put wheels on it and use it as Cinderella's coach!

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