Archive | November, 2013

Thanksgiving Pumpkin

30 Nov

Most people grow pumpkins and then enjoy carving jack-o-lanterns or making delicious pies.  Around here, we do things a little differently.  We grate our pumpkin and add water, sugar, and yeast (and a couple other things).

making pumpkin wine

We started some pumpkin wine.  If we chose our pumpkins well, we’ll call it Madelyn’s Delight.

pumpkin wine

It will clear perfectly white and be a good dry table wine.

mum in wine glass

mum in wine glass

All those insides can’t go to waste.

pumpkin insides

I took them to the birds.

chickens eating pumpkin

There might have been some left-over celery too.

duck eating celery

peacock eating celery

I also had some pumpkins that we didn’t need to use, so I decided to treat the goats.  I started with showing it to little Moose.



He didn’t get it, but when the big goats started checking it out, he finally got interested.

Maisie, Moose, Bud & Harley

Maisie, Moose, Bud & Harley

How many goats can eat from one pumpkin?

Minnie, Bud, and Harley

Minnie, Bud, and Harley

It looks like I needed to harvest some more.

Sharing with Weekly Top Shot, SOOC Sunday, Bird d’Pot, and Camera Critters.

Fixing Fionn’s Summer Fun

29 Nov

We’re still pretty cold here, but I don’t think it’s going to get any warmer.  I’ve got to get ready for winter for the goats.

doe goat


Since it wasn’t too bad today, and my nephew Chris is home for Thanksgiving, we decided to work on fixing Fionn’s summer fun.

buck's shelter

See, he’s a lot like his grandpa Goliath.  He likes to beat on walls and bust them out.

lean-to shelter

I had already put a piece of plywood over part of it last year, but that wasn’t a solid enough fix.

Boer cross buck


Boer cross buck

“What? A guy needs a hobby.”

My dad and nephew and I worked hard today, and we got plywood put up to at least block the wind out.  Hopefully, it’s a much better job than I did last time.

lean-to buck shelter

Hopefully, the way we did it, Fionn won’t just bust them out again.

Boer buck

Boeris after checking out the new walls

I’m sure they’ll appreciate actually having walls when the winter weather truly arrives.

bucks in pasture

Sharing with Friday’s Fences and Skywatch Friday.

Happy Thanksgiving

28 Nov

I hope everyone is having a wonderful day, whether you’re celebrating Thanksgiving today or not.

Happy Thanksgiving

By the way, this is another full manual photo.  I keep practicing!