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Still Working

26 Jul

I haven’t taken a lot of pictures of the animals lately because I’ve just been busy working.  Scooping the buildings is still a priority.  I’m currently working on the buck pen.

I had to quit because Xerxes was in a panic over me being in there while he wanted to nap.  I didn’t complain because I’m old and can’t do the all day scooping like I used to.

Fionn and Xerxes

I was going to finish it today, but we had a rain overnight.  The rain is good.  We were horribly dry again, and this will also help the compost pile settle (picture before the rain).

We’ll see when it gets done now.  At least we still have cool weather in the forecast.  For the record, that really thick part is from the llamas’ poop pile.  I dearly wish they would make those piles outside.

The other thing I had to do this summer was empty the bulk bin.

For some reason, the corn seemed a little lower quality than I like to feed to the goats.  I’m not feeding corn this summer while they are fat from pasture, so I wanted to empty it, hose it down and let it air out.  I emptied it into buckets and took to my nephew for his cows.  Yes, I can get fifteen cat litter buckets in the Ranger.

The cows looked like they would prefer I just gave it directly to them.

When I got it emptied, I reached in, and it was gross.  This is what is plastered to the sides for quite a ways up.

And it really smells bad too.  And it draws flies like crazy.  Yuck.

I’m trying to figure out how to clean it (I’m thinking power washer), and then I have to figure out how the moisture got in it in the first place.  I can’t fill it just to let the corn rot again.

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Checking the Hay Field

8 Jul

With all the rain, it’s been difficult for farming.  My corn is not happy.  That yellow means decreasing yields.  It needs time to dry out.

It also means we’ve been waiting to make hay for several weeks now.  I took a couple walks out in pasture to see if it was dry enough to make hay.

Of course, it was also a good excuse to go out and take pictures. Since the goats haven’t been back there, I haven’t been either.

dragonfly (I have no idea what kind)

monarch

queen anne’s lace

coreopsis

black eyed susan

Eastern kingbird

lamb’s ear (it never gets to bloom when goats are around)

thistle blossom (the goats usually take care of these too)

sunshine through willow bokeh

red headed woodpecker

swallowtale

The good news is that I think we can actually mow now!

Friday’s Hunt v2.27

30 Dec

Welcome back to Friday’s Hunt.  I want to thank everyone who joined in last week.  I had a lot of fun visiting everyone who linked up.  It’s very simple.  Anyone can participate.  The link opens at 7pm Central time and will close Sunday at 7pm, so you have plenty of time to enter. Because of the holidays, I’ll extend the deadline for joining this week to Monday at 7pm.  Hopefully, you’ll be inspired to visit some of the other entries.

If you didn’t participate this week but would like to next week, we’ll be starting our third round!  The topics will be:  Starts with A, Week’s Favorite, and beginning.   I will always keep a list of the items for the coming week in my sidebar at the top.  I am crazy busy with teaching and working on the farm right now, but I will make sure to visit all participants.  Without further ado, here’s my interpretations for the week.

Starts with any letter:  Well, this is really difficult when the letter isn’t assigned.  So many possibilities!  OK!  Starts with B:  A bird bath in the hay leaves him looking beautiful!

goose-collage

Week’s Favorite:  My mom has been cleaning and clearing things out of her house.  She found an old barn picture board frame that my dad made and gave to me.  I decided to have this picture of my corn printed on metal and put in it.  I really like the way it turned out.

picture-frame_8769ews

Celebrate:  I am trying to do more relaxing things this coming year, and one way I’m doing that is to take an on-line art journaling class.  The first task was creating the journal we will be using.  Here’s mine.  Just creating the journal has felt like a celebration!

smashbook-collage

Now it’s your turn!