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Wrapping Up the Week

4 Oct

I just have a few pictures for you.  It’s been a long week with parent-teacher conferences, rainy weather, and everything on the farm, while I’m still nursing the toe injury.  I’m hoping to give up the special shoe this weekend.

Astra

Sky

harvest spider

Betty

Mama Phoenix

Sunset over the barnyard

I hope you have a good weekend!

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This and That Around the Farm

30 Aug

Things are busy as usual.  In the soap room, I’m making feta and Mozzarella.

I looked like a heart when I cut it. I couldn’t resist having fun.

The feta is something that I have to do on weekends because it’s not hard, but it does take all day to get a batch done.

I’m still getting a few strawberries.

strawberry blossoms

Yes, I’m still feeding them to Mama Phoenix.

I’m trying to figure out what I’m going to do with her once the weather turns cold.  There’s no way I can leave her out in the barn, but I’m not sure how I can bring her in the house (cats and dog).

The silly free-range chicken is still doing whatever she wants.  I’m fine with it as long as she stays away from the dog and goes back so I can shut her in to stay safe at night.

right side hen, free-range hen

I still have a counter full of tomatoes ripening.

I’m keep working on canning them.

roasted tomato sauce

Sometimes, I feel really guilty because I don’t spend enough time tending to my yard, but sometimes I see that I have a flower going to bloom that is really just a weed.  I’m going to call it a flower though and enjoy the benefits of neglecting the yard.

Snickers is hanging in there. I’m cooking him an egg twice a day.  He enjoys lounging on the deck in the evening.

Snickers

Fionn is still in the Love Shack.  I think he’s feeling better because he’s back to his old hobby of trying to beat the walls down.  Seriously?

Fionn–by the way, the sway back is also a sign of the copper deficiency.

Sky misses me with the school year starting. He lays by the gate and gives me those sad puppy dog eyes every time I have to go out to the barnyard.

Sky

I’m looking forward to a three day weekend to try and get caught up a little bit.

Mama and the Strawberries

14 Aug

The strawberry plants I got this summer are doing well in their pots.  They are making runners, which I’m trying to get started in little pots.

When they are well rooted, I want to separate them from the parent plants and put them in this tower.

By next spring they should be well established and ready to make strawberries.

In the meantime, there’s just a few strawberries on the plants this summer.

Most of them have been fed to Mama Phoenix.

Mama Phoenix

She likes them.

You’ll notice, I’m also letting her out in the barnyard when everyone is out in pasture.  That way she has a bit more room and opportunity to act like a chicken.

She seems to enjoy it.