99 posts categorized "The Farm"

never a dull moment

The sunset the other night was just awesome.  I looked up from checking on the pigs that we had moved that day to their new paddock area and this is what I saw.  It was really nice to see after having such a difficult time moving the pigs from their old paddock to their new one.  I've come to the conclusion that pigs are not up for change and that they are creatures of habit.  I should have video taped the whole process but I didn't.

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We also harvested our garlic and so far growing garlic has been going good (LOL).  It seems like it's been so long since we planted the garlic bulbs, in reality it's only been just over 8 months.  I would like to double our garlic harvest for next year.  Our onions are not quite yet ready to harvest, we planted them later than we usually do.

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Garlic harvest

Visiting with our Amish friends last week they gave me some eggplant.  I have never ever had eggplant before and thought I would try some when they offered it to me.  I have to say that I am not a fan of eggplant.  It could have been the way I cooked it, and I will say it won't be something I would be planting in the future, we both actually didn't care for it.

Eggplant

We have been dealing with hornets when we sit out on our back deck, to the point that I'm getting stung when I hang my clothes out on the line.  Well we found the source for all those hornets, I will tell you this was HUGE that we had to take it down for our safety.  Looking at it though it really is a beautiful piece of work done by the hornets.

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Well our little Noki is down to 8 lives now.  We are not sure how it happened but she somehow got hurt to the point that we thought she wasn't going to make it.  Noki had crawled up into our ATV and Jim's not sure what happened, his first thought was that he had run over her with the ATV but I don't think so, she hurt her right back leg and could hardly walk for a few days.  I think that she had gotten thrown off of the vehicle and somehow her leg got twisted and sprained.  Here she is a few days ago and today she is starting to jump and play with Smoky our other barn kitten.  Poor little Smoky couldn't figure out why her barn mate wasn't up for playing anymore, but she's back and I am glad.

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There is never a dull moment here on our homestead and I like it that way.


light dusting

Snowypumpkin

Well  we  got a light dusting of snow the other day and it looked so pretty coming down.  The ground didn't turn white like I had hoped but a few areas did.  Heading out to feed the chickens that morning I saw Jim's Farmall tractor sticking out from around the shed.  I've been meaning to take a photo of this tractor and thought today would be a good day to.  The whole morning just looked and felt like a winter day.

Farmall

Coming back in the house all I could think about was that pumpkin pie I had made.  It did taste good with a cup of coffee later.

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Tomorrow is supposed to be 50° and I really need to get my garlic in the ground, so that is probably what I am going to do, get it in the ground before our first frost hits.

I'm off to maybe have another slice of that delicious pumpkin pie.


grapes

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This is the first time our grapes produced so much fruit, our apple trees did as well.  Talking with an Amish family that we visit, they commented how their fruit trees also produced well this year.   I plan to make grape jelly later this winter with the juice.  We bought a Mehu-Liisa many years ago when we lived back in Illinois and only used it a few times, so it was a nice feeling to finally pull it out again.

Life is full of ups and downs but I feel so blessed despite all that has been going on the past few months, I will say this, our cup runneth over.


walking the land

It’s been warm here in Wisconsin but the evenings are a bit cooler, still warm but tolerable. Our potato patch is doing well and we’ve been keeping on top of the Colorado Potato Beetle that will infest our potato patch here.

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I do love walking our land checking everything out and seeing the beauty that surrounds us here. 


have a peach of a weekend

I thought I'd share just a bit of our small piece of land we live on, so I grabbed my camera and walked around the farm.  The peaches were taken a few weeks ago when they were ripe. The grapevines are starting to produce and the apple trees aren't doing as well as the peach and cherry trees did.  We'll have to definitely work on them more.

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I hope you all have a peach of a weekend.


some cell phone shots

Cut field

Cherries

The farm

Storm clouds

Chickens in crates

Xandoquilt

The hays been cut, the lawns been cut and the cherry trees are full of cherries.  There was a thunderstorm raging outside our log walls the other night and there is thunder in our hills right now.  It went from almost 90° yesterday to barely 60° this morning and I love it!  It seemed like spring came late this year and now it's here. The meat birds have been processed and are either frozen or canned, and that feels so good to have our pantry and freezer getting full.  I've been quilting a lot and this quilt went to a family member who is battling breast cancer, it's an X's and O's Quilt Block from Missouri Star Quilt Co.

Well that's it in a nutshell for what's happening around here.


taking down a tree

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Well you saw all the trees that had been broken after our ice storm.  With some of them they had to come down as they would cause problems later.  There was a tree out by the road on the corner of our property that really needed to be taken care of right away, on the off chance that it would come down in the road and possibly hit someone.  So Mr had me help him.  I drove the tractor (I just love driving it) to help pull the tree if it started falling the way he didn't want it to fall.  Luckily I didn't have to do anything other than put my phone down before he started to saw the tree.

We live up on a ridge and our road goes up and down, so he parked the Kubota at the top just in case someone came and didn't see us, but they would see the Kubota before they got to us and hopefully slow down.

The tree fell perfectly and so he commenced to cutting it up.  I took the small branches that were way too small for firewood and brought them to the burn pile.

We use a lot of wood during the year.  We heat our house with wood in the winter, use wood for the sauna and maple sugaring.  With our wood supply having been pretty depleted after this winter and sugaring.

This ice storm really wasn't so bad after all, it gave us a head start on making wood for the year.

I love living life in the country. 

 


after the storm

Walking our woods to see how much tree damage we had after the ice storm.

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The ground was covered with these ice chunks that came off the trees when it started melting.

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We continued to walk into the woods to see if we had anymore tree damage.

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Mr had already started to cut down trees to make fire wood.

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Along our walk we saw a tree that had fallen across the path.

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This tree we had taken down after the woodpeckers had pecked it pretty much clean.  You can see a tree still standing where the woodpeckers are making some big holes.

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More trees on our property where the tops have been taken off by the ice storm.

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And it's definitely mud season.

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Well it's never a dull moment here at the farm.

 


this and that

I've been wanting to redo my bathroom.  Other than the outside wall which are logs, this is the only place in the house that I can paint and give color to.  I have wanted to either get a new bathroom cabinet or paint it with Annie Sloan paint, so I decided to paint it.  I want to replace the counter top, but right now that will have to wait.

Bathroom cabinet redo

This morning as the sun was coming up it really shined beautifully on the side yard.

Side yard sun

I finally got some window clings that will hopefully help the birds from flying into the window.  I picked maple leafs to put on the window.  So far we haven't had any causalities only stunned birds that after some time eventually flew away, and I want to keep it that way.

Leaf

So I have a couple of questions for you all.

Did you wear green today?

and

Did you have corned beef and cabbage?

 


an evening walk

Farm at sunset

We took a walk before the sun went down and came home to a beautiful sunset.  I took this with my cell phone.  I could have cropped it but I wanted to show you how long of a driveway we have.  I just love our country driveway.