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A Productive Break

28 Nov

I spent some time working over my Thanksgiving break from the off-farm job. Bright and early on Wednesday morning, I took Bob and Rocky to the vet for their annual shots.

Bob and Rocky

I managed to get most of my winterizing done in the barnyard.

I switched to the big tub and put the heater in it.


Of course, everyone is upset because there’s a change.  They are not fans of change.  But it got down to 14°F the night after I got it all done.  I had no time to spare.

Maybeline looking annoyed

I also moved the “shade” tarp, so it is a wind break.

Cutie checking it out.

I finally got all the tomato cages pulled out of the garden.

I didn’t get it mowed off, but it will provide shelter for some wild critters.  The milkweed will also spread its seeds.

I also had a dumpster delivered.  I need that.  Hopefully, I can get a lot of my barnyard (and upstairs and basement) cleaned up.

It’s scary how a farm (and person) accumulates so much junk. I blame the goats breaking stuff.

Getting Ready to Face Winter

25 Nov

I can’t put it off any longer.  I have to get the barnyard ready for winter.  After Thanksgiving record high temperatures, we’re going steadily down now.  I got a good start on things today.  I started with the buck pen.

Marley Osboer

For some reason, they knocked a board off the wall and my tarp was coming unfastened.  It wasn’t going to even slow down the howling winds in January.

All better!  Okay, it’s better than it was.  Someday, I’m just going to have to replace the garage and this lean-to.

Where was Stormy to distract Marley when I needed her?

Marley and Stormy

With that done, I moved to “The Love Shack” where Fionn is living.

Fionn and Helen

I think he’s enjoying not having to eat and sleep with one I open to make sure his daddy, Marley, isn’t going to butt him.  I can actually take a picture of Fionn without the fence in front of him.


It’s a little non-traditional, but hopefully it will keep the wind out.

I also had to check and make sure the cattle tank was ready to have the heater turned on.  That required me to clean all the “organic matter” from the side and removing the panel at the bottom.  I still need to drain it and scrub the goose sludge out, but I hate that job.

Muffin and Jelly

The goat would really appreciate me cleaning out their lovely blue cattle tank.  While I was crouched down, I had expert help.  Cinnamon had her face in mine.  She was standing right in front of me so I couldn’t see.  She was also pulling my hair!

Cinnamon Blackboer

She’s such a helpful girl!  She is adorable, but not very photogenic.  That’s because she’s usually helping me.  I also had to walk out to pasture and retrieve this blue feed tub that the wind had blown out there.

Coral Blackboer

Unlike Cinnamon, Coral is cute and photogenic!

Isn’t it nice to see siblings getting along so well?

Clover and Coral

Tomorrow, I’ll keep working on getting things ready for the winter.  It will be fun since we’re going to have wind advisories with temperatures dropping most of the day.

Linking to Farm Photo Friday.

Linking to the Shades of Autumn for the finale.

I miss my camera (big sigh), but I got an e-mail that it made it to Texas and is being treating with loving care.  Okay, they said they are working on it.  Hopefully the cleaning will be done and it will be home by this time next week.

Winter Ready?

30 Nov

I spent a lot of time this past weekend out in the barnyard while it was warm.  I started with the easy task.

This door has had the tarp drawn up for the last two years, so I just had to refasten it.  It looks funny, but it really helps to stop the wind.

I gave the goats another whole section of the barn since I moved the cows to the shed on the north edge of the property.  Here is how it looked facing the north.

Not very homey.  The whole hill drains through the barn making it a muddy mess last summer, and now it’s dried rough and cracked.  The sliding door is not very tight, and the ox seems to have made a window so he can check out the goings on north of the barn (he doesn’t like not seeing).  I tried to fix some of those things.

I started by putting a tarp across the door.  I removed the panel and then used it to help hold the bottom of the tarp down.

Then I used some tin on the outside to close MJ’s window.

Finally, feeding some older hay to the girls put a nice layer on the ground.  It will keep getting deeper and even out as they spend more time in there and keep eating in there.

Muffin and her girls and Flower and Bud demonstrate how large the area is and how goats like to spread their hay around.  Honestly, when I’ve tried putting down fresh straw for bedding, they just eat it.  Now I let them do the work of bedding.

To the south was another gaping hole.  It’s kind of a pretty view, though.

This door is only partially on the track, so I had to lift it to close it.  Also, there was a huge gap at the bottom because of the angle of the ground.

If I had a good ladder (or someone to guard me from goats trying to help), I’d put a tarp across the top to make the opening even smaller.  It doesn’t look too bad from the inside, but Minnie was checking out the outside.

Yep.  It’s pretty hobbled together: a metal post, plywood, tin, a board, and a wooden post.  It might not look the best, but it really will help cut down on the wind.  Just a little more window work, and it will be completely ready!