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Catching Up

8 Jun

Just a few random things that have been going on around here.  I am not really going to have a crop of cherries this year.

one of the handful of cherries on the tree

I think the day the orioles were all over my tree, they were feasting on what was to become my cherries.  I’m okay with that though. We’ve had a really cool, late spring, and I’m sure they were grateful for the food.

oriole stealing twine for the nest

I came home from work one day last week and was greeted by Rocky with a snake.  I really need to up my game in doing repairs/remodeling around the house.

Rocky–look at those eyes!

I took the snake from the cat and returned it to the great outdoors.

I do believe that is a look of gratitude.  At least, I’m going to pretend it is.

I’m still waiting on a manure spreader.  It is the busy time of year for my nephew, but I’m getting impatient.  I have so much to get done before we go on our road trip.  In the meantime, I’m working on clearing the area where the magnolia tree used to be.

bleeding hearts

I’m trying to figure out how to clear it and leave the few flowers that haven’t been destroyed by dogs, goats, and neglect.

a lily getting ready to bloom

I have things coming up in the garden.

potato from one that was left over from last year’s crop

While I was working in the garden, I finally lit the fire–you know the giant one from cleaning up after the derecho.

It still needs to be pushed back up into a pile after the hay gets made.  Then I’ll add more brush from my place and light it again.

Then my hope is that it can go back into pasture/hay field.

Things to Do

21 Jun

I long ago figured out I’ll never be caught up on the farm, but I do keep trying to make improvements and at least move in the right direction.  There are several things on my need-to-do list for this summer (preferably this week).  I already had the weed patch where the magnolia tree used to be on my list.

There’s actually a lily blooming in that mess of weeds

Since we had rain (a glorious rain) on Sunday, there’s still more yard work.

Honestly, I’m still trying to clean up from the derecho also. I could stand there and just watch my yard turn back to green from the brown it had been.  And I finally got me a push mower, so I can try to mow under the plum tree and lilac bushes and closer to the fences.

Of course, I’m still checking my pregnant goats.

Sidney

Sidney and Moira are both due this week.

Moira

I also still need to clean the bedding out of my garage.  I’m embarrassed to admit it’s still there, but it’s been a hectic spring.  I know. They all are, so that’s no excuse.

Anyhow, I’m milking Astra, and she is giving me enough that I have to do something with it, but not enough that I want to jump into cheese making mode yet.

Astra

That means I’ve been freezing it in cubes.

I don’t have a lot of soap left, and it’s been ages since I  made any.  Between the farmer’s market shutting down and the pandemic shutting everything else down, I put that on the back burning.  Now that I have milk, it’s time to make soap.  Hopefully, people will buy it.

One of the first things on my to-do list is making something with the cherries from my tree. The tree might be finally recovering from too many years of yard goats.  I’m thinking jam.

One thing I’d like to have on my list is fixing my chicken and peacock pen.  The top on half of it is ripped up and still has a huge limb from the derecho hanging through it.

I’m sure Mr. Peacock and the hens would like to have this space back.  And my free-range hen would probably like to get back over there so she can sneak out and free-range again.

I just don’t even know how to go about fixing it.

Summer Showers

26 Jun

We’ve had quite a few rainy days lately.  It does make it hard to get lots of outside work done.  Luckily, my mom and I spent quite a bit of time yesterday weeding the garden because it finally dried out enough from the last rounds of rain.

I was hoping we would be on the miss side of the hit-and-miss rain overnight.  That way I could cultivate today.

But now it’s way too muddy to get in the garden, and we have more rain chances for this evening.

At least the rain is making everything grow well.

I don’t really mind the break from outside work.  It gives me a chance to slow down and just enjoy things.

grape vine growing by my house–I have plans for this vine

lily

raspberries are turning

grape leaf

yucca

morning glory

I think I’m getting too old for a lot of the hard work on the farm.  The goats are not fans of rain and mud either.  Purl seemed a bit surprised by the mud when she came out of the barn.

Hilda with Stitch and Purl checking out the puddles and mud in the barnyard

Don’t worry.  Her mom took her back in and found a nice safe place for both Stitch and Purl to sleep where nobody was going to accidentally step on them.

Purl and Stitch tucked behind a gate to sleep.

Some goats were lounging on the picnic table to stay dry.

Astra (front) and Joy

Penelope

Others were just napping and lounging in the buildings.