Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Dinnertime

Dinner in the goat yard always brings with it a flurry of activity.


The goats run around as if they haven't had a meal in weeks.


Ole Roy and all his hens as well as our two turkey boys, Tom and Chuck,
  appear as soon as the goat feed bin is opened.


I think they are hoping to get some Ritz crackers.
Yes, chickens and turkeys love Ritz as well as the goats!


Here is little "Dot".  She is the last of this Spring's kids...
and she is staying on the farm.


As you can see, she is quite friendly and enjoys being hand fed her dinner...


then up on the lap she climbs for a little cuddle.


Mealtime was interrupted as Sissy hollered at Sam and Oakley,
telling them to stop fighting and behave themselves.


She has no tolerance for any commotion in the barnyard.



After the critters had their dinner,
it was time to think about our own dinner.
These days dinner is harvested about an hour before dinnertime...
with fresh veggies plentiful right now.


We have a freezer full of local beef, local pork, and local chicken.
To that I add fresh fruits and veggies from the garden.
Right now we have chard, kale, broccoli, cauliflower, green beans, sugar peas,
asparagus, and cucumbers to choose from...


as well as homegrown strawberries and blueberries.

Plentiful rain mixed with bright sunny days has made the garden grow at an amazing rate.
The squash box is overflowing.


The tomatoes grow about 3-4 inches almost daily.
I've had to keep on top of tying their branches to the stakes on a daily basis.


And the corn is getting noticeably taller each day.
I am afraid I made a mistake in planting our corn this year...
planting the popcorn right next to it.
Supposedly, the corn will cross pollinate causing our popcorn to be less "poppable"!

Ahhhh..... the learning curve of gardening.....
Someday I hope to be on the upper end of the learning curve!


Before ending, I wanted to share a couple more pictures from this past weekend.
Sammy, our adventurous farm dog...
checking out the view from the hay bales...

and catching a ride back home from the barn with me...


Sammy is our adventurous one...always ready for the next fun thing!


11 comments:

Karen Bates said...

Every thing is doing so well!All your kids look so good...and healthy! That garden looks fabulous! Love seeing the antics of your sweet dogs!

Anonymous said...

Little Dot is gorgeous. And I love the way Sissy keeps everyone in line! Everything on your farm is looking beautiful.
Kathy from Tasmania

Dawn Dutton said...

Thanks for making me smile this am. Your pics are adorable!
Have a super fantastic day.

RiverBend Farm said...

Beverly, I thoroughly enjoyed this post! I love Dot and your entire menagerie. Your place is so manicured and green!

Junebug said...

Fun on the farm as usual! Look at your garden gerow. Mine is slow to start but i still have hope! Hugs!1

jean@pilgrimscottage said...

Love your farm. Dot is such a sweet looking goat. What a pretty face she has. Love it when the gardens do well and people can eat lots of good food from them. Glad yours are doing so well.

Maura @ Lilac Lane Cottage said...

Good Morning Bev! Love the pics of the critters eating...your little goat is sure cute...she has beautiful markings. The garden is looking wonderful...look how healthy everything is looking! Last year our tomato plants looked wonderful...they were HUGE but hardly a tomato on them. This year is the opposite thank goodness...lots of tomatoes on the plants and some are HUGE. I had a tomato sandwich for breakfast..oh yum. Love the pick of Sam sitting on your quad...he's such a cute dog. I hope you have a wonderful day.
Maura :)

missy max said...

Always something to learn out in that "field"..I'm sure that you know way more than you did 5 years ago..You're like a sponge and not at that age where you forget everything..Yet!! Food is a remarkable incentive..

Diane Cayton-Hakey said...

Love that adventurous Sammy... He obviously like the high ground atop that bale. :-))

Angelsdoor * Penny said...

Oh Bev,
I cannot tell you how much I enjoy your posts! Sammy is such a great companion and I love the photo of the goat up on your lap!
Thanks so much for sharing
Penny

Jeri Landers said...

Great photos Bev, every one! I am just in love with those turkeys, the color is divine. I am going to be on the lookout for a pair>

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