98 posts categorized "The Farm"

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

Bunchofgrapes

Grapevines
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Grapes
Grapejuice
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.

Peaches

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Grapevines

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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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Tree down 2

Tree down 1

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.

 


waiting patiently

Corn casserole

Corn Casserole

1 can whole kernel corn, drained
1 can creamed corn
2 eggs beaten
1 stick butter, melted
4 heaping T. all purpose flour
1/4 C. diced green pepper or red pepper or both
1 C. whole milk
1/2 C. shredded cheddar cheese
1/4 tsp each salt and pepper

Combine all ingredients and pour into a greased casserole dish.

Bake at 350 degrees for 1 hr. 20 min.

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I thought I'd share this new to me recipe I found on Facebook, corn casserole.  I have never made corn casserole until now and I have to say it was pretty good.  Sugaring has been at a standstill with the warm temps, hopefully the temps will drop soon to reset the sap run.  So in the meantime Mr has been working in the barn making things in preparation for the chicks arrival.

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I know most people want the warmer temps and I will admit I've enjoyed the warmer temps we have been having, but we need the temps in the 20's at night and 40's in the day for the sap to really run.

Our barn

Our snow is almost gone now and you could say we are officially into mud season.  So, we are waiting patiently and hoping that we'll be boiling soon.