Saturday, May 14, 2011

workin' like dogs

Had another busy day again today. Really I don't understand where the time goes. We have winter, and shitty weather for almost nine months of the year, and than we try squeeze all the work we possibly can into three months. We work like dogs for those three months. We try do all the building projects, yard work, gardening, haying, seeding, harvesting, calving/lambing,  etc into basically three months, just to hibernate and get fat for the other nine months. This really bites!!

Well with that all said, we did have another busy day. The tomatoe  patch is already for planting. I may have to roller till again in a few weeks. No worries. Got the rest of my front perennial bed finished weeding and the edge cut. Next time we go to town, I will get another two rolls of that lawn edging to put in. Frank hauled me a couple of bucket loads of manure from in front of the east cowshed and added it to the tomatoe patch. Frank Jr roller tilled it in for me. 

Frank got the roller tiller on the tractor, and gave the garden a once over. Tomorrow, the moon will be in the right phase for planting peas in the morning only. 

Frank also piled hay/manure in the east paddock, and did some harrowing in there. Soon he will do the harrowing in the south paddock in front of the waterer. 

Young Frank has an older Ford pick-up truck that he wanted to bomb around in th fields with. The other day, on the half moon piece he had stopped by the beaver pond, and the ole truck wouldn't start again for him. There it sits. Today, he decided that he would walk out there and see if he could get it started. The half moon piece, looks like half a moon from the aerial photo, it is a little over a 3/4 mile from the home quarter. That is also the area that Frank had seen that big ole papa bear. About 1.30 ish today, Frank was getting worried about the boy. (Young Frank left about 11.30 am.) So, he and I hopped on to the quad to go look for Frank Jr. Well we found him and three of the Pomeranians, walking back from the half moon piece. We own almost 900 acres of land. Only approximately 320 acres is open. The rest is trees. Bears and wolves love our property. We back on to miles of crown land. We are fairly isolated. Which we all love. Sometimes I could go deeper into the bush, away from humanity. One can dream.

The three of us, and all four Pomeranians decided we would go check out the creek and the beaver pond. The creek and beaver pond is located on our south-west quarter.  The bush in the distance, is still our land. Frank has investigated it, but I haven't. This area of our land is so quiet, and so serene. I think it has to be one of my favourite spots on this place. Our deed says that the Queen, at any time, at her leisure, may come visit her creek. The creek  is to the west (right) of this photo. Frank and I always joke that we should send her invite to come check her creek out. But there wouldn't be any red carpet.

We had alot of neighbours stop in today, too. Which is different. I love the series, the Waltons. One particular episode, Olivia (the mother) is telling Erin (the daughter) that by having everyday the same, makes the day more special when something that happens out of the ordinary all that more special. To me that was today. Yes, we worked like dogs, but having those breaks when the neighbours were stopping in to borrow Vitamins off of you, or purchasing eggs, or asking if you had extra time, do mine helping me to build a deck or barn, all that more special and appreciative. It just breaks the routine up a bit. I enjoyed the mini breaks with the neighbours. 

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Friday, May 13, 2011

just like sand through and hour glass, so are the days of my life...

I can't believe how fast the weeks fly by. I am starting to believe that the older I get, the faster time is speeding up.

The past two weeks have been kind of busy. I did a dry cure on some of my pork belly-you know that part that is suppose to be bacon. It tastes good. I am going to try and smoke my next batch using the bar-b-que.

I have also started a batch of potatoe wine. I have never made potatoe wine. It smells good, so far. Last fall I had made apple wine, and it turned out great. The apple wine is a dry white wine, and the alcohol content is about 10%. We racked the potatoe wine tonight. In a few weeks I will put it into mason jars, and wait six months before we can sample it. I also want to make dandelion wine, and rhubarb wine this summer. 

Frank Jr and I went to Fairview on Wednesday and purchased grass seed off of a farmer out that way. Fairview is about one and half hours drive from the farm. It makes for along day. Especially when you head into Peace River the same day! We left about 10.30 and we never got home until after 6 pm. I was nackard.

We have been buying grass seed off of Jerry now for about four years. We are trying to establish some pastures were Frank has cleared land, or has plowed old areas. But if it doesn't rain, it is like throwing away your money and there goes another year wasted.

Tuesday, when Frank was seeding oats he saw  a big ole papa bear. Frank Jr, was picking rocks yesterday and he saw the tracks of a bear. I haven't seen a bear yet.

Last week Frank had enough of Lamb hanging around the house. And he took action. He strung up a electric wire below the bottom plank, same thing he did on the plank fence around the yard. I think it only took the once for Lamb to learn, that he could no longer go under the fence to escape. I felt bad for him. 

I am concerned however, about the sheep being in the south paddock. Monday, and Wednesday morning, there was a coyote in the paddock, making his way westward. All the critters didn't like him being there. Frank said if the coyote came around again, he would fire off a few shots over his head. We won't kill the coyotes or the wolves unless we absolutely have to. So far, in the five years of being here, we haven't had to take that action.

The kittens that were born up in the loft of the tractor house have been moved into the barn. There mamas moved them Wednesday. I have a lady that might be interested in a couple of them. I guess she has a mouse problem in her holiday trailer.

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perennial bed

I know, I am suppose to be "resting" my left hand, to give it a chance to heal, which I haven't been doing. I have been cleaning up my front flowerbed. I, no sooner had it all nice and neat, the chickens came along and messed up my new edge, and unearth the new shrubs I had planted. I had gone in the house for about ten minutes, and those buzzards came along and ruined my work. I hate doing the same job twice! I was somewhat pissed off.

So, as you can see the soil is all over the grass, and my edge looks awful. The chickens have since been sentence to solitary confinement to their chicken coop yard. 

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don't fence me in

Today, the two Franks added a electric wire to the bottom of our plank fence. The fence is to the west, and to the south of the house. Frank decided he was going to turn loose the sheep and Misty into the south paddock. But to keep the lambs and especially Lamb in, there had to be a wire added just below the bottom plank. While these two were hard at work.....

....these three,  were chill- laxin' on the quad.
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Sunday, May 8, 2011

Happy Mother's Day!!!

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