Sunday, February 28, 2010

What country folk do for fun

Last weekend was perfect, 60s and sunny (don't be too jealous, it got cold again). So, we spend most of the weekend outside. We went to the Botanical Gardens, watched our alma mater lose a softball game, and hung out with the animals a lot. We also finally tried out Logan's Christmas present.

It worked way better than we thought it would! And it was LOUD. We had a great time shooting potatoes into the neighbor's pasture. Don't worry, no potatoes were harmed in the making of this video, at least no good potatoes. We got them out of the dumpster we share with our neighbor.

Monday, February 22, 2010

A blast from the past

Our sweet boy when he was little.

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Scenes from a farm in the snow

A guinea on the roof of the house. Trying to escape the snow? No one knows what goes through the mind of a guinea.

Just beautiful!

The coop with the freshly painted red door while it was snowing.

While it was snowing.
Sheep in the snow are pretty.

I'm going to get sentimental for a bit. We've been here over a year and I still can't believe this is my home and my land. There are times I resent having to go out in the cold and rain and wind to take care of the animals. But deep inside I am in awe of this place. It is truly the most amazing place to me. The beauty of the land takes my breath away almost daily. I am at peace here.

Sunday, February 14, 2010

Goats go sledding

In most of the country, the first robin means spring is just around the corner. In Georgia, the first robin seems to mean that snow is imminent. Last year I saw the first robin and it snowed 5 inches that day! This year I saw the first robin and we got 4 inches the next day.

Anyway, this is the first year we had goats when it snowed. They took a real interest in sledding.

What is this thing? It looks fun.

We should give it a try.
Can I take a turn Logan?

Whee! This is great.

More snow pictures in the days to come. The farm is beautiful in the snow.

Friday, February 12, 2010

Help has arrived!

A couple of days ago I was whining on Facebook about how no one helps me around here and I'm tired of doing everything myself.

When I was doing my morning chores today, I realized I have lots of help and just haven't appreciated it.

For example, yesterday I painted the door to the chicken coop. The goats were more than happy to lend a hand. They have the red noses to prove it! Orion even climbed the ladder so I didn't have to.

Today Sweat Pea helped me clean the stall. She was by my side the whole time, even as I went back and forth between the stall and the poopy hay pile. That is until I hit her with the rake. I'm sorry Sweat Pea, it was an accident!

And the chickens, can't forget the chickens. They help with the previously mentioned poopy hay pile. They help take the high compact pile and spread it out so it is about an inch thick over a wide area.

I realized today that many people would be thankful to have the help I have. I promise to appreciate my helpers more.

Now, I just need to figure out how to get the guineas to do the dishes.

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Cute calf

Our neighbor had this cutey born recently. She was only a day or 2 old in these pictures.

I love having cows as neighbors.

Monday, February 8, 2010

Aerogarden week 4

This is a week late, but what this looked like after 4 weeks. We've started harvesting and have had salad 3 times now.

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

The great chicken swap

If you read Sandy's blog, you know she recently got a bunch of chickens, about half of which were Americanas. We've been wanting more Americanas and had 2 silver laced wyandottes we wanted to sell (they are bullies). So, Sandy came up with the idea for the great chicken swap. She got our 2 wyandottes and we got 3 Americanas. This was a good trade because our wyandottes are less than a year old and laying everyday and the 3 Americanas are of unknown age and unknown laying potential.

Here is one of the girls we got rid of.

One of our new girls, Lily

This is Crocus

This is Snowdrop. Logan has been wanting an all white Americana for awhile. He's excited about Snowdrop.

I think one of our new girls laid today.