Friday, August 5, 2011

lending a hand

Bonnie, my neighbour -well, not a close neighbour. Bonnie and Aaron live nine miles away. She me called yesterday. I don't know if any you have heard about the explosion at a senior home in the early hours of this past Tuesday in Edmonton? Turns out, that Bonnie's eighty-three old mother lived in that particular home. She was rescued from the building and taken to the hospital. 

Bonnie did some juggling at work to make sure her shifts were covered and made plans to head to Edmonton today. Reason I am mentioning this is because, Aaron is busy in the field trying to get his hay put up in between all the rain. Bonnie during the day, has been bottle feeding four baby lambs. Aaron takes care of the early morning and late evening feeds. Bonnie asked if I could help out once again. (They took off for two days earlier in July, and I kept an eye on their place and did up all the chores). No worries. I should mention that Bonnie is about sixty-one and Aaron is seventy-two.

There is four bottle baby lambs. Two blacks and the two whites.

I don't have to feed this little guy this time around. Aaron feeds him twice a day. Once in the mornin, and than again in the evenin.

I like this ole' handsome fella! 

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Thursday, August 4, 2011

that's final!!

I decided it was time to wean the lambs from their mamas. But I have a set of twins that have other ideas.

Remember Tess and Claire? Well, these two ewe lambs kept on escaping back to their ma. Wild just like their mother!  So I decided forget it Andy!  All three will be shipped to the auction in a couple of weeks time! 

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In the twenty years that I have lived on the farm with my husband, this is the first year that he has allowed me to cut the hay! Which I thoroughly enjoyed!! Usually I get delegated to raking or hauling the hay off of the fields.

Our haying equipment had given itself up and went to equipment heaven. Which left us in a very bad spot. Haying season had already started. The farm auctions, for the most part, were over. Frank was back to work. So he decided we shall go the cheap route and purchase a sickle mower. The salesman was surprised that I wanted to order one. His exact words were 'They still make those?' I was a butt of a few of the mechanics and the sale guy's jokes. That is fine. I can give as good as I get.

We have about a 100 acres to put up. It will take a bit longer. But hey, past farmers did it! Now, if it would only stop raining long enough for us to get the hay put up!!

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Monday, August 1, 2011

putting up mushrooms

As promised,  I am going to show you what I did with all those Bolete mushrooms that I picked last week.

Clean. Blanch the mushrooms in small batches in:
2 cups vinegar
2 oz water
2 tsp salt

Blanch no more than three minutes per batch.

Drain on paper towels, and set aside to dry for at least eight hours.

Pack into sterilized jars, add 1/2 tsp peppercorns. If you are keeping these longer than six months, fill with safflower oil. If you plan on using these up prior to that, use extra light olive oil.

Another option is:

Chunk and fry until all the water has 'cooked' off the mushrooms. Once the water is all gone, I add a bit of veggie oil and salt and pepper. I finish frying them. Cool. Put the mushrooms into freezer containers. Label. Use up within six months. 

I also found some meadow mushrooms growing in the yard.

I sliced and dehydrated them. These dried mushrooms taste good in soups.
I will let you all know, how they taste this winter, and the ways that I use them. 

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