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Archive for September, 2009

One Hard Weekend

Posted by kari on September 27, 2009
Posted under barn, fence, field

WorkThis was one hard weekend. Ray took every gate off their posts and re-did their fittings to keep the horse from pulling the gates off their hinges. He also had to fix three stall door closures because the horse had been having a good time pulling on them to get at grain.

That and a few minor barn changes got us a far way to ready for winter. It looks like all that’s left is stall bedding material purchases and we’ll be ready for the snow.

In addition to all this work, Ray worked on the horses hooves and pulled out the chainsaw to take care of branches that were overhanging driveways and fences.  There was a fence post shorting out the electric fence, allowing the llama and one of the cows to repeatedly escape that needed fixed as well. The entire outer perimeter was walked just to check for shorts as well.

Comparison

Posted by kari on September 22, 2009
Posted under barn

somuchhayBehold the cleaned up hay area. There are bins below with feed, hay above and filling the farthest stall. We thank Kieth and Juliet very much for manning the hay elevator for us. It was kind of them in the extreme.

Everyone was womred, since we had frost a few day s last week. Today was over 100, though. What’s up with that?

Whole Lot of Cleaning Going On

Posted by admin on September 7, 2009
Posted under barn, food

upstairsWith the start of our annual winter fear fest, we started pulling down the last of the hay from on top of the barn. It was there that we discovered what a fine and glossy-coated herd of mice we’ve raised. These were the fattest and healthiest mice you can imagine. In fact, they were living happily in our hay and eating our hormone-free, antibiotic-free feed. They opened several bags that we’d hoped would keep the cows over the winter, and a few bags of llama and general live stock feed. There was one bag that was eaten down to 1/2 of it’s original 50 pounds. Obviously we’d become lax since we’ve never had a mouse infestation of this size before. The answer is larger feed bins and barn cats, I’m afraid. The llama will stomp mice if he can see them, but he can’t reach the rafters.

Back in the kitchen we did a pre-winter cleaning and made gallons and gallons of no-fry re-fried beans. That’ll keep us from getting too lazy and eating in town. Also, there were 7 jars of dill pickles (we always give so many away) and some really great pure made.

Roast Chicken

Posted by kari on September 1, 2009
Posted under chicknes, firewood

chicken Our second chicken.

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