Friday, November 27, 2009

New Neighbors


So, I went outside yesterday to do some cleaning up in the yard and decided it was time to take the rotting, trashy butterfly homes off of the well cover and throw them away. The butterflies moved out long ago...or never moved in. But when I picked up the first one, I realized that squatters had moved in. So, I carefully put the house back and picked up the second one to throw away...and more squatters.

So, I left the homes for the squatters. You can see the tail of one of the salamanders peeking out the bottom of one of the houses...

Thursday, November 26, 2009

Happy Thanksgiving Everyone!



Including to the turkeys still running around in the woods...and thanks to the turkeys on the tables.

Wishing everyone many blessings to give thanks for!

Peace and Love!

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Evolution of Punkins--

The buddhist concept of impermanence holds true with pumpkins.



Farmin'

We've been told that the blog site is getting boring these days...so we're updating with pictures and what little new is going on.

We had a visitor come to look at Ajax and we had a really nice talk about farming, goats, and bees. She isn't thinking about breeding immediately, but we will keep in touch and she may use us (well, Ajax) next fall. In the meantime, she is another farmer looking into bees for the spring and possibly trying to go organic. Backyard Beekeepers Unite!!!

We are making a batch of Apple and Cranberry wine! Yum...with our own cider. Our own apples...and well, some cranberries we didn't grow. But yum yum. It smells good already, though the yeast is very excited and it keeps popping the cotton ball out of the top of the air lock! Whoo-hoo, excited wine!!!






Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Kids...lots and lots of...

an older picture...just after mozart and puccini were born...

that's little lilly saying hello in the front--

Sunday, November 15, 2009

Kids for Sale

I'm becoming a new user to CraigsList. I just posted kids for sale and am going to hang the Kids for Sale sign at the end of the driveway. The kids don't sell themselves in our yard...of course, they're so cute, I'm not sure I want to sell them, but reality has set in and it's time. So, they're up and officially for sale...yikes.

It's hard, you become so very attached. Maybe Pat (of Hames and Axel farm) is right...get rid of them as soon as they're old enough--before you become to attached to their individual personalities.

We're pricing Willa a little below what she's worth, just because of that foot injury. It's fine and it won't affect her ability to breed, and kid, and milk--I just worry that as she ages, she might have issues with it. And I want to be fair and honest in my sales and make her worth the bargain...she'll give off great kids, but she may need extra love and support when she's a old lady.

And so, Mary is for sale too...and she's become such a love. She has a sweet temper. If we were smart, we'd get rid of our psycho Lilly who's crazy and feisty and nutty and keep Mary...but we're not smart...we think with our hearts. And Paul would KILL me!!! She's his BABY.

And then Ted. And I think Puccini is for sale...or Mozart...they're both such loves....I dunno...it's tough.

So, well see if we get any bites....

Monday, November 9, 2009

Zen Farmin'

The dog chased a chicken and pulled out her feathers while I was trying to milk Ginger. By the time we settled the dog and chicken the goat was done...not being milked. So:

Milk for the night: Nuthing
Eggs for the day: Two
Angry Humans: One
Hungry Goats: Two

But the bees behaved themselves today...

Ahhhhh, the joy of farming...


Sunday, November 8, 2009

NaNoWriMo


End of Week One!

Go Kyle!!!! Made it to his goal!!!!

We are still trying to get Brenda back into the swing after her horrific loss of close to 10,000 words.

Tamara is writing hers with pen and paper...I didn't think they made pen and paper anymore.

Mark is shocking us all...doing great for someone who can barely read! Hee hee.

Kelsea's excerpt is wicked awesome...and I am waiting to read more!

Happy Writing All !!!!!

Little Tartlings


Tart came up to visit this morning and it looks like both parties were ready...so, WindyFields Farm should have little Tartling in the beginning of April. Hopefully, Ajax will give them at least twins this time...and GIRLS!!!

Whoo hoo.

(We tried for the least pervy of the photos....)

Friday, November 6, 2009

counters

These are the new counters....

Tartling...

Tart, Samson, Ajax...

Thursday, November 5, 2009

Tart-ling

Ajax has his little girlfriend with him right now. Tart from WindyFields Farm is here at the farm with her new boyfriends...yes, I said boyfriends Ajax and our wethered Samson. She's been hard at work protecting them from the big, mean dog...she lunges at Troy through the fence and I think he's still trying to decide if she's a plaything or a threat. And she is such a little goat that it makes it even more amusing to watch...

And I am just glad Troy finally decided she wasn't a threat in time for bed last night, or no one in the neighborhood was going to get any sleep.

But all are settling down. And if she would just be receptive when Ajax is not busy eating or looking for more food...maybe we'd get some little Tartlings going.

So, we shall see....

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

NaNoWriMo


Sorry, this is not Farm related, but this is the updated chart for NaNoWriMo for the current challengers.

I think if you click on it to enlarge, you should be able to read the names and the numbers and letters.

If it works, I will keep it posted up here every few days or so, so everyone can see their triumphs...and see what the chart actually looks like...so they know what I am talking about.

Now that that's done, it's time to do barn chores and head off to work's Annual Meeting. Whoopie, maybe I can sneak in some writing on the laptop during the speeches...Hmmmm....

Sunday, November 1, 2009

Halloweenie Cider




There's nothing better than a cider pressing party on Halloween. And the rain held off...well, enough, so that we could get a bonfire going and roast dogs and marshymallows.

Everyone brought apples and got to work immediately on the cider making! It was like a busy, buzzy, bustle of activity in the kitchen as some washed apples, some cut them and tossed them into the grinder while Kyle cranked away, crushing, crushing, crushing. And then, we PRESSED out the most awesome cider ever! And then other little busy bees got to work bottling the cider into canning jars. We got ten quarts out of that little thing...and it worked great! The teamwork was incredible...we were done in no time and tasting...between glasses of wine and beer, of course.

I just hope those who aren't drinking right away remember to crack the lids on the jars before they hide them in the back of their fridges.

(Now, we just need to have a Counter Ripping Off Party...hmmm, I wonder if it's too late to get that one going before Wednesday?)

So, it was great. Thank you everyone who came to help. It was wicked fun. Best Halloween activity ever...I just hope everyone remembered to take a jar of cider with them...

Happy Halloween...