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Archive for August, 2009

Llama Speak

Posted by kari on August 27, 2009
Posted under horse, llama

sharinSomeone had asked me how to know what a llama or alpaca is thinking. Here’s a good example. This pictures is a llama, Lief, happily sharing his morning hay with Brody. They get along like that.

not sharingHere is a picture of what it looks like when the llama is done sharing. See his head? The neck is arched, ears back, lips in the air? The horse was soon covered with green, slimey spit. Of course Brody decided he didn’t need extra hay that much. It was a real surprise for the horse, since he’d very politely shared his own breakfast with Lief.

Chicken Harvest

Posted by kari on August 26, 2009
Posted under chicknes, food

chickenRay came home early today to round up the Cornish Crosses and the Australorp rooster for slaughter. He drove them down to another farm that has a plucker. We’ve decided plucking feathers by hand is for the birds. Minus driving and catching the rooster, the entire process was done in the time it would have taken us to pluck the feathers of one bird. To the right is a picture of some of the birds in the refrigerator. They will age in the fridge for a couple of days before moving into the freezer for use in the next year. You can really tell the difference between the rooster (middle) and the Cornish Crosses.

Berry Season

Posted by kari on August 24, 2009
Posted under food

berriesWe’ve been harvesting and hosting harvests for about a month now. The blackberries are spectacular this year. These are invasive Himalayan blackberries. The native species is a little sweeter, has a bit more seed in it and will be available all September. If we leave any for you!


Posted by kari on August 20, 2009
Posted under Uncategorized

PeachyYesterday was spent canning. There was lots of help and fun in the kitchen.


Posted by kari on August 10, 2009
Posted under food

Today we pulled  in some of the harvest. The corn wasn’t as abundant as we’d have liked, but in reality, we don’t eat much corn. There are three tomato varieties, onions and a few cloves of garlic ready for storage. The potatoes did awesome.

On a frightening note, Ray crawled under the truck for a little look around. He’d noticed the trailer hitch sagging, so it was worth a look. The hitch was almost off on one side! The remainder of the afternoon was spent sanding, figuring and finally, welding the hitch back on. Thank goodness for safety measures.

Warm for the Winter

Posted by kari on August 7, 2009
Posted under firewood

Ray’s been working for the good of the house this winter. You can’t see because there is a human-height pile of wood in front, but the wood shed is full of split wood already.

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