Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Garden is in!

We spent the day Saturday getting our garden in. We didn't clean up the garden like we should have last fall, so that took some extra time this year. Thankfully Hubby borrowed the neighbor's plow attachment for our quad and he was able to play plow it up quickly. Our garden is bigger this year so we got a lot in. Not as much as I would have liked though. Of course each year another row of yard is magically plowed to add some more space. I ran the roto-tiller along the "edges" while hubby was playing plowing and got my extra row! I tried something new for us which is companion gardening and I also did less really long rows and more groupings of plants. So we really switched things up. Now if we can just get the weather to cooperate it will all work out. Here in Michigan that is always a test. We could have 90's and humid one day and 50's the next. Last year we were under water until June and then we never got out of the low 70's for temperatures most of the summer. I have big canning plans this year and hope to double what we did last year. I am reading up on different ideas and hope to implement them. Did you know you can make spaghetti or pizza sauce in a big crock pot and let it cook down for a day or so until thick and then can? I had never thought of this. We are spoiled with all our kitchen gadgets we can use to make canning and cooking so much easier than any other time!

Friday, May 25, 2012

Friday on the Farm

Our English angora rabbit Kiree was due to have babies today.  I went out last night to check on her before I went to bed.  I really thought that she was way too small to have any babies, maybe there would be just a couple in this batch.

To my surprise we found 8 in the cage this morning!  See the grey one to the right with the stripe?  He looks just like the dad "Racer" (racing stripe) but reversed colors.  See the stripe on its nose?

 The twins hiding from the quad when we cleaned out the barn.
 The pool went up this week.  Of course the kids are in it as it is being filled.  That water had to be about 50 degrees, but they didn't care one bit!
 Baby kittens are doing well and getting bigger!
 The 49 Freedom Rangers are doing amazing and getting ready to be moved into the other area we have for them.
 Princess Fiona giving me the eye, wondering what I am doing this morning.
 Lazy goats, notice all the barn chickens hanging out with them, and in the hay feeder.
 Alex having a nap this morning, it looks uncomfortable to me!
 Robin and Tiger and mama chicken....
 Tripp standing on Tiberius's head.
 This morning on my walk I found a big snapping turtle and underneath it was this hole.  I am not sure if she was laying eggs or what.  A couple hours later the two youngest and I headed down the road to take pictures and we found the hole...empty.  No turtle to be found.
 Using our great powers of observation and investigation we found "tracks" in the dirt of a tail dragging across the road.

We slowly walked through the grass in that direction and sure enough there she was! 

 She is giving us the eye!  We kept our distance, but did have fun tracking her!  Thanks for visiting today!

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Goat Alarm

Tripp and Tiberius and Momma
Most farmers have roosters that let them know it is time to get up.  Not us, we picked goats.  That silly face staring at you is Robin.  She is one of the six goats that live here at Tail Spin Farm.  She is my alarm clock these days.  If I am not out to feed them before 5:45 a.m. she lets me know it is time at 5:46.  She has also taught the "new guys on the block", Tripp and Tiberius how things work so they have now joined her in her early morning tirade of goat song.

I wouldn't mind it so much, except for the neighbors who live pretty close to us (we do all our "farming" on an acre!).  I would hate for there to be an issue in regards to this.  So I continue my early morning trip out to the barn hoping to beat her up.  I am just waiting for the hot days of summer and knowing that both neighbors have central air and their windows will be shut tight and I won't have to worry so much about waking someone early in the morning with the horrible songs Robin sings.

They also have been quite spoiled by someone in the family who shall go nameless...Hubby..who gives them willow branches from our two beautiful willow trees.  If they want more what do they do?  You guessed it, holler until someone gets them some.  I am finding out they are smarter than what people say.  A couple of nights last week we let them out to roam while we were having a campfire.  It was about the same time every night.  On the fourth night, about that time, ALL of the goats started "screaming"  I threw on my boots to run out to see what had happened.  Everything and goat was fine, but they were just yelling as loud as they could.  It finally dawned on me that they expected to be let out just like the last couple of nights.  Smart goats.

Thursday, May 10, 2012

Photos on the Farm

Angora yarn ready to be put in a skein

Pallet gate youngest and I created

Landscaping done finally!

More landscaping

49 Freedom rangers

Baby kittens

Raspberry bushes


Getting ready for our rabbit colony (more on that later!)




Princess Fiona and boys

Tiger and Robin

Baby English Anoras

Kittens, kittens everywhere!

Friday, May 4, 2012

Missing in Action

I don't know where the time goes some days!  We are in the midst of a lot going on right now and I just haven't taken any time to blog about any of it!  My days have been filled with creating, cleaning, organizing and teaching.  We are starting to wind down school, everyone just has "pieces and parts" left.  I am thankful for that, as we have a crazy spring to get through in the next month.

College pick day for the Eldest has past.  I truly thought He would be moving to Pennsylvania, at the last minute his first choice college stepped up and offered him a full ride scholarship (this was his fifth full ride offer!)  I was one happy mamma.  So he will only be 20 minutes away and not 13 hours.  I am so thankful, gas money to PBU was looking pretty expensive right now.

We have baby bunnies, baby chickens, and baby kittens all over the farm with 50 Freedom Ranger chickens due in the mail today.  (just got the call they are in at the post office!)  So the farm is blooming in more ways than one.

We finally finished landscaping our entryway area after living in this house for 11 years.  It is amazing what work a graduation open house will cause you to decide you have to get done.  Eldest has his senior piano recital in two weeks and then the open house two weeks later.  If I am still talking in coherent sentences by then it will be a miracle.

We have our big Michigan homeschool conference next weekend with friends coming from out of state to work that with us.  Hubby will be teaching a "Mad Scientist" class for the kids and the ministry he works for will be teaching writing and radio classes.  So it is sure to be a full weekend, but a good one.

I taught a drop spindle class at Maple Valley Farms yesterday and had a blast.  I had 4 students who were all quick learners and were spinning by the time we left yesterday.  It was really a wonderful time and Homemaker Ang does a wonderful job putting these classes together.

I am off to the post office to pick up the chickens.  I will post pictures later.