Tuesday, July 16, 2019

The Month Of June

The month of June was busy too! The garden really started producing. We picked lots of green beans, cucumbers, blackberries, blueberries and squash. My daughter in law made homemade baby food to stash in the freezer for new granddaughter.
I canned green beans, pickles and vegetable soup. Blackberry jelly was made and blueberries frozen. Close to 50 jars of home canned goodies have been tucked in the pantry so far.
Our other Suffolk ewe lambed. This time with a ewe lamb. We now have a small breeding flock of meat sheep. Four sheep for the price of two! What a blessing.

Monday, July 15, 2019

The Month Of May

May started out at an even pace but quickly picked up speed! The strawberries started to ripen. It was a daily battle as to who would get them first- me or the squirrels! Sadly the squirrels won more times than I did.
On Mother's day this crazy looking lamb was born to one of the Suffolk ewes we picked up earlier this year. After much discussion we found out that the person I bought her from has some Cheviot weathers in the pasture with her ewes. Well, apparently they were not weathered correctly and managed to produce a few lambs! It is a little ram lamb and we call him Donkey cause we think he looks like one! We have decided to keep him and use him as a breeding ram.
The sheep got a much needed haircut.
I started harvesting and drying herbs from the garden.
May was a stormy month and in addition to daily chores we had  lot of cleanup that took up serveral weekends.

Wednesday, July 3, 2019

We're Still Here!

Life on the homestead has been extremely busy these days! New and unexpected lambs, the garden booming with produce and canning up a storm. Speaking of storms, we have had several nasty ones roll in and have spent lots of weekends cleaning up and cutting trees off fences. Lots of news to tell and I will be catching the blog up over the next few days.

Wednesday, May 8, 2019

I can't believe it's been close to a month since my last post! It has been a busy few weeks here on the homestead. We have had several nasty storms blow through with damaging winds and torrential rains. A lot of time has been spent cleaning up the mess they have left behind.
We had a window last week and were able to drop some hay and get it baled before rain came again.
On the critter front the babies are growing like weeds, Violet is still giving almost 2 gallons of milk a day and we had a duck start setting on her nest.
Sadly something got in the pen, destroyed her beautiful nest and ate the eggs. Hopefully she will try again!
We have also gotten a good bit of the gardens in. The beans and cucumbers are up and the plants have settled in nicely.
Strawberries are beginning to ripen. We are picking daily. Jam is definitely in the near future.
One rainy day I poured 11 blocks of soap.
Lastly we have been dealing with the loss of a dear friend. My husband's best friend since the third grade was tragically killed in an accident on Easter Sunday. A brother to him, like a brother to me and an uncle to my children. It has been a hard loss to handle.
Life goes on...on the homestead.

Friday, April 12, 2019

Yeah... No Mulch

Oh boy. The heavens opened up today. We got about 1 1/4 inches. The only ones that were happy about that were the ducks!
On the up side a friend came to visit and she helped me line all my soap molds. It is a time consuming job. If they are already lined, I can get a wild hair and make soap on a whim.
Another wet day on the homestead!

Wednesday, April 10, 2019

The Start Of Spring Clean-up

Our farm intern arrived this morning and we tag teamed the first of the flower beds that needed cleaning out. It took about 3 hours but the final result was beautiful. I have a load of mulch slated to be delivered Friday, weather permitting. Another rainy weekend is in the forecast. ;-(
Before:
After:

We also planted some more edible landscaping. Globe artichokes were put in pots and spaced throughout the flower beds. I am looking forward to see how this works.











Monday, April 8, 2019

I finally got all the soap sliced from last week. It turned out nicely. Even the grapefruit scented one is going to be ok. I wish the scent was a little stronger but you can definitely smell an essence of grapefruit.
I froze the homemade bacon Dad had cured for us. Some of it he had sliced so I froze it on wax paper and then dropped it in a freezer bag. The other piece was a big chunk. I will slice as needed or cut large pieces to cook with dried beans for seasoning.
This afternoon I was super happy with Miss Violet! Her milk production had dropped to a little less than a gallon but with the new Spring grass it has jumped back up to 1 3/4 gallons!