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Tuesday, July 23, 2013
Frank had been going to farm auctions for the past few years looking for a smaller tractor for haying purposes. They are few and far between. So we bit the bullet. Frank and I decided to purchase a brand new tractor through our local John Deere dealer. We are not fans of monthly payments, but I guess sometimes it can't be helped.
Haying was going good.
But for the past week and a half we have had rain almost every day. Enough to put a halt to haying.
Madeline has now AI three of our Jerseys.
I am still milking Miss Dolly. Been making Farmhouse cheddar cheese, yogurt, butter, Formage Blanc (white cheese). Been looking for a used wine fridge, so far no luck. I would like to use it as a 'cheese cave'.
We had our six grand children here for a week.
We had a few hot dog and marshmallow roasts around our little 'campfire'.
And some really silly silliness!!!
They even put on a musical play for us.
We purchased a tote of whole oats from a local farmer, whom Frank had met at a local consignment auction and they got to talking. Don is a really nice older gentleman. If it ever stops raining, and the crops can grow, I plan on purchasing square straw bales from Don, for inside the henhouse, and in the barn.
Once Frank had the auger all set up with our roller mill, both boys made rolled oats for me to feed to Miss Dolly.
One rainy day, Frank hid out in the barn, and he built me a table and some benches to have by our fire pit. I still have to have sand and stain them.
On the 9th, Frank and our son-in-law took this fella to the butcher's. In the next couple of days, there will be steaks on the barbie!
As you know, I sold my flock of sheep back in June. All I have left is Lawerence.
I should find him a new home, or a wether for company. He hangs out in my 'Old MacDonald' paddock--with my Jerseys, and Maddie's two goats.
I don't want to take him to the auction mart-he'll just end up going to the slaughter house from there.
I had my last bloodletting on July 10th. The neighbours were over Friday afternoon, and Eric was sick. (Honestly I don't understand why people think they should go visiting when they are ill!) Monday afternoon I decided to put another super on my Leave Me Bee hive-I didn't bother to suit up. I got stung four times. Three of the stings weren't bad. Just the one in my left foot was terrible. Foot swelled. Couldn't walk on it. I know. IDIOT!!!. All my kids gave me a scolding! haha. By Tuesday morning I had managed to catch Eric's cold. Which I am still suffering from.
I suppose to go raking hay, but I think those dark gray clouds have a different idea!
Sunday, June 30, 2013
Sunday, June 23, 2013
Thursday, June 20, 2013
Who needs Insanity when you have a hand cranked cream separator!
Doc tells me that I need to lower my cholesterol and to loose fifty pounds (as if that is going to happen! more realistically thirty pounds!) I drink cream in my coffee-which is probably enough fat. So. I decided I will drink skim milk. I separate milk for me every other day.
At 6 am this morning, I started making strawberry-rhubarb jam. I managed to get nineteen pint jars made before I had to go milking at 9.
Frank is almost done his project. But for now it is on hold-he finally went back to work today.
Took a bit, but Frank managed to get Grandpa over to the grainery and blocked. He had to let the calcium out of the right rear tire, to get the tractor to sit more level. Eventually there will be a shed built up and around Grandpa.
We went to a farm auction last Saturday, and we purchased a transfer auger. It is way to heavy for Frank to maneuver-so there is no way I can man-handle it! So. Change of plans. It will be permanently installed.
Frank just needs to build a hopper around the end of the auger.
This evening Maddie and I were out visiting all of the critters.
Ike's wounds have healed nicely. He is still sporting a few stitches on his shoulder. But eventually they too should dissolve.
Madeline purchased a couple of fly masks for Ike and Brigan. Those tiny flies really chew up the horses. She just needs to purchase three more masks for the mares.
The garden is finally up-that also includes the weeds! Hoed three rows of potatoes today. I still have a variety of hot peppers to transplant in the garden.
The hedge row of common lilacs are blooming.
Brandy was enjoying the lovins I was giving her.
Wednesday I sold my flock of sheep. I just have my ram left to sell.