Thursday, 30 May 2013

Pretty Little Meat Birds


We picked up our meat birds yesterday.  We ordered 30....but they gave us 32.

They are beautiful little precious yellow chicks right now.

But they eat A LOT.

They drink A LOT.

They sleep A LOT.

And they poop A LOT.

They are already starting to get white tips on their wings.  They will soon be big fat white birds.

We will have them killed and we will stuff them and roast them.

And they will be, so delicious!  Is that gravy I smell?


Wednesday, 29 May 2013

The Garden

The vegetable gardens are being planted.  We still have a few seeds to get into the ground.....but we are doing GREAT.

Brussel Sprouts
Butternut Squash
Pepper Squash

Bring on the summer weather....I can hardly wait to take a bite!


Tuesday, 28 May 2013

The Bull Had an Itch

As I was leaving for my Farmers' Market meeting last evening, I noticed the bull was having a good scratch up against a fence post.  He was really rubbing it good...and I was a little concerned that he would take it out.  But I had to get going....and I wasn't going to mess with the bull.

Then when I was coming home from the meeting, it was just getting dark and I noticed the bull was giving his neck a really good scratch at a picket in the field.  And I thought....that guy's got a problem.  I was thinking that he was going to shove the picket right into his neck.  But I wasn't going to mess with the bull.  If he is itchy....he can scratch.

At 3 a.m. this morning, Sophie came into our room crying.  She was scared.  It was black dark in her room...the power was out.  I got up, took her back to bed and pulled up the blind to give her room some light from the moon.  She said that she was fine.

I headed back to bed...but I was thinking...WHY would the power be out?  I took a look out the windows and saw that the neighbours' yard light was on.  The little village of Douglas was all lit up.  Why did we have no power?

I went back to sleep.

Terry said that when he got up...I think it was shortly after 4:30 a.m.....he could see the hydro pole down in the field and the bull was resting beside it.  At first, he was afraid that maybe the bull had been hurt...but he was fine. 

This was the only remaining 'old pole' in our field.  The others had all been replaced at the time of the 1998 ice storm....because they had all fallen over.  But this old pole had survived...until the bull got a hold of it last night!

We had the new pole replaced by 8 a.m. this morning.  Then we waited for the hydro crew to arrive to get us back on line.  They came at 11 a.m.  We are back to normal now and the bull is relaxing in the field.  His itch seems to be gone.


Monday, 27 May 2013

Putting the Sheep to Pasture

We have been fencing and moving cattle.

Finally, it was time for the sheep.  We got a fence put up on the weekend and we were able to let them out on the pasture.

Sheep are sneaky and they will try to get out any little you need to have good fencing.

The lambs are getting so big!

Even if you do have a good fence.....and lots of grass for them to eat....they will still insist that the grass is better on the other side of the fence!


Thursday, 23 May 2013

The Neighbours House

Tomorrow is our 16th wedding anniversary.

We have been married 16 years.

For the last 16 years I have lived in the same house.

I like to go for a walk and when I do, I walk down our lane and past our neighbours house.

I have been watching this house for the last 16 years.

There have been some major changes with that house.

A couple of years ago the kids and I decided that we would go for a visit to the neighbours house.

No one was home.

I thought I had a messy house.  But my mess was nothing compared to this mess.  This was a serious mess.

A couple of weeks ago the neighbours decided to sell the house to some other neighbours.

So we got new neighbours.

And you know what the new neighbours thought about the mess?


Now I don't have to look at the house when I go for my walk.


Wednesday, 22 May 2013

Spring Blossoms

These grow along our road.  I don't know what they are but they sure have some pretty blossoms.  I don't remember them ever looking this good.

And then there is the apple tree with all it's lovely blossoms.  The scent of it all is just delicious.

We have trilliums in our bush....or to say it properly "growing on the forest floor".

The lilacs are one of my favourites.  I have a big bouquet on my kitchen table.  There were really no lilacs last year....I think it was a sign of the drought to come.  But this year the lilac bush is just loaded....I think it's a sign of a good summer ahead!

And then there are all these little 'dandy' yellow flowers.  I never really like them much until my mother-in-law came for a visit when we were first married....she was just thrilled to see all the dandelions.  I was confused and then she told me that dandelions don't grow where she's only 30 minutes away!  She said that it's a sign of wonderfully fertile ground when you see dandelions.  She lives in the sand.  So now I have a deeper appreciation for  the dandelions.  There is a bumper crop this year.....



Tuesday, 21 May 2013

One More Field

We had one more field to sew....or 'plant'.  It's actually a field that we rent from a neighbour.  It is full of hills and so some of it was still too wet to work.  But they were able to work at part of it on the weekend.

One of our neighbours has restored a couple of John Deere tractors and he said that they needed some 'exercise'.  He came out to give us a hand with his old tractors.  They might be old but they still work really well.