Tuesday, September 30, 2008
Climb the stairs in the main room, and tucked under the roof of the A-frame is a sleeping loft that has a queen size and a twin bed and a chest of drawers.
I am excited for our log home to be built, but in the mean time, this little A-frame will serve us well.
Thursday, September 25, 2008
Sunday, September 21, 2008
Saturday morning started with the usual chores....and nothing out of the ordinary happened, for once. However, by the time the sun started to warm things up (around 9 AM) we had our M*A*S*H type hospital OR suite set up in the goat pasture. By the time 10:30 rolled around we had anesthetized and castrated 4 young bucks. Becky (Jack's sister and resident farm Vet did the surgery with Jack and Mike and I assisting. Each surgical procedure was done without any incidents. I thought I would spare you any graphic pictures.....I must say, though, the surgeries were impressive. My job was to scrub and shave each of them for their surgery...needless to say, this was done after they were asleep. Can you imagine chasing a goat around trying to shave between it's hind legs? I don't think any of them would have stood still for that nonsense! Here is Becky giving them sedation....off to sleep little goaties! While the goats were still "under" it was my job to trim their hooves as well as to do some of the instrument clean-up. At one point, Becky made the comment that she didn't want to see any of them end up with nail polish on their hooves ( I guess I was taking a bit too long to trim their hooves). (I was only trying to make them "perfect"...overkill I guess for farm animals!)
Here is Forrest starting to wake up after his surgery. It was amazing, but shortly thereafter they were all back to their usual Goatie business. All's well that ends well!
Friday, September 19, 2008
Also....tomorrow is the big day for Forrest and Spider and his brother. They have all matured and become full bucks, so it is time for neutering. Here is Spider in all his male glory...see how he has matured!!
Oh, and PS: That new troup of guineas that I accidentally freed 2 weeks ago...has gone AWOL. And so Murphy's Law continues. Last we heard they were about a mile down the road at a neighboring farm. (We've ordered more...to be delivered next week).
Thursday, September 18, 2008
Monday, September 15, 2008
Thursday, September 11, 2008
If you live close to us, we can sell you honey by the bottle...just let us know.
This honey is raw and is straight from our hives. It is filtered twice during the extraction process, but is full of great nutrients. You may notice that the color is a bit darker that what you find in the store. Our bees are very busy pollinating our apple orchard, blueberry and strawberry and vegetable gardens as well as acres of wildflowers and cultivated gardens. We use no pesticides or chemicals on our farm, so our bees are very healthy and happy!
Unfortunately, because of this year's weather conditions, we only have a small amount for sale at this time. We hope to be able to harvest once more before cold weather.
Friday, September 5, 2008
I picked enough to have a small serving with our breakfast tomorrow. I fear that will be the last of the fresh berries for the remainder of the year, though. At least we have frozen berries to get us through the winter.