So I have been away for months, two shy of a year actually. Wow. I have loved blogging, story telling for years now, it is hard to believe that nearly a year has passed since I have sat down to post.
Just like your days, weeks, months have been full of change so have ours. I did finish the beautiful pink/black/white quilt in time, the kids (goats) have either been butchered or off to a new home, Rudy, our sire has been sold and the turkeys and chickens... are taking over and out of control. Oh, and we have another dog!
I have been super busy lately crafting, gardening and taking care of animals!
This past week I have been giving my hand at sketching on old book pages to make banners for our mantel, and for the barn. Here is what I came up with..
The one in the barn is very similar too this one. I have been having fun saving this discarded book for something useful and fun! I am not the original author of such cute crafting, I search Pinterest for inspiration and I am usually not disappointed.
I am looking forward to getting back in the swing of blogging!
Monday, January 28
You may remember me telling you before, this year I have a number of young people in my life who are graduating and a quilt is in order for many of them. I have started one. Sigh. I was on a roll and moving right along there for a while, but sort of hit a brick wall. All of my blocks for this one quilt are pieced together but not yet sewn together so I can start on the outer borders. Soon! I wanted to share with you the amazing things you can do with this one block. The pattern is called True Blue and it can be found here at The Fat Quarter Shop
This is in the individual block...
This is in the individual block...
Saturday, January 19
Our precious Bodie continues to show what a great dam she is to her sweet kids. Early each morning when I am finished milking Bodie, those kids act famished and run as fast as they can to the stanchion to get to their breakfast.
Last week I started our milking routine and feel pretty settled in at this point. I have to admit, that getting up at 6am on a weekend, is putting a cramp in my style. But I also cannot lie, I am totally loving this blessed life that I am living out! To date, I am only milking her once a day, as they kids will continue to nurse her during the day up until 7pm each night. We have gotten about 15 lbs of milk since we began on the 7th of January, that equates out to about 4 gallons of delicious milk!
Friday, January 18
Last year we started our rafter of turkeys with Spanish Blacks, Eastern Wild and Narragansett turkeys. We were hoping to have at least one tom and one hen of each breed, however we are short just one of the breeds being perfectly matched. So the Narragansett hens will live alongside the Spanish Blacks. Up until now the turkeys, all 8 of them (our breeding stock) have been living amongst our 40 chickens. Over all this has not been a problem, but we want to keep the turkeys lines pure, so as Spanish Black toms are fertilizing Spanish Black hens, etc. So this week Eric and Henry made a covering on the right side of the barn for one of the turkey breeds to have shelter from rain and wind.
All finished, a bit of rearranging and voila!
Narry, has a twin sister (just another of her breed) named Carry, and they seem pretty content.
The two Spanish Black toms showing their stuff before the transition of the move from one part of the barn yard to the other. I am sure the chickens will be happier to have their WHOLE barnyard to themselves.
Thursday, January 17
blue greenish black feathers.
Our flock is doing well, we currently have about 40 hens and will likely have to do some culling later this year because some of our girls are going on their third year. We just want to make sure we keep a flock that is productive which will continue to be a benefit to our farm. Since the days are still short, our egg count is not at its max. Daily we are bringing in about 20 eggs from the coop, which is good, but 35 would be better! Patience! As the days start to lengthen, we will have that increase I am looking for. Last year we used a timer on the lights above the coop in order to artificially stimulate the endocrine system to produce more eggs, but this year we have decided to let the hens take that natural rest that their bodies need in order to produce the rest of they laying season. It only makes sense since we are trying to do all other things in their natural habitat.. why wouldn't we do the same with the chickens. Live and learn...
Wednesday, January 16
Rudy is the sire of our herd, and he is what made it all possible, and he is quite tired of all the oohs and awes of the babies as well as the special treatment that Bodie is getting. Bodie gets treats every morning at milking time, thing such as raw sliced potatoes, apple peels, broccoli, etc. The kids of course just get all the attention without even trying! So, it is his turn to shine...
Nice "goatee" you got growing there Rudy.
He is really handsome. He is starting to show more and more aggression which is a bit disappointing, but that comes with the territory.
I am gonna fly away....
Just kidding, goats can't fly!