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Fall is upon us

Well fall is here on the homestead. I can tell that’s the case because as I sit here sipping my coffee, looking out the window I see a sea of leaves that need to be picked up.

We had over an inch of rain yesterday though, so yard work will have to wait a day or two as it is a mud pit out there in spots.

Noodles is at least looking like a homestead pooch at times.

My in-laws’ dog, Emma, came to stay for the weekend and Noodles loved it.

That was the one moment they stopped rough housing just long enough to get a photo together. All the others look like this.

Well I guess I should go cut some more fire wood. I see the lows will be in the 20s coming up. Have a great day world.

D.

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Waiting on Flo

Good morning world. Just sitting here on Friday morning, sipping coffee, and waiting for hurricane Florence to bring the rain and wind. My storm prep is as done as it can be. My generator got a new fuel filter and although it is many years old, is running like butter. The chain saw has fresh gas and most importantly starts readily. A rear gutter downspout on the House has been….well let’s just call it fixed (sometimes you just have to make it work whatever it is).

Since I last wrote I finished the back stoop rebuild.

Before

And after

I also took Noodles to work with me last Saturday and found he has grown quite a bit. Here he is a several weeks ago.

And now last Saturday.

I hate to break it to him, but I think he may not fit the next time he comes to work.

I went grocery shopping for everyone before the storm arrives.

I leave you today with a photo I took this morning of our bitter melon vine which in this hot, humid weather looks great.

Stay safe to all of you in the path of Flo.

D.

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Let spring begin

Well spring is here and it came in with another round of snow.

Thankfully it was beautiful to look at and gone within a day. Hopefully we can start to get night temperatures above forty so we can leave the seedlings out in each night instead of taking them in and out each day.

Yesterday my morning routine was disrupted by a great surprise, Caro, finally gave birth. I opened the door to the goat house and it almost seemed peculiar to see a baby goat laying next to her. My brain took a few seconds to actually comprehend what I was seeing. But there it was. She had done it all on her own. So meet Lulu.

She looks just like here momma don’t you think?

Well off to the yarden to gsd. Have a good one world.

D.

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Get Sh%t done ….. in a little while.

Another blog from my morning view of the world. The chickens and goats are all feed, watered, and ready for the day. Breakfast, spiced ground beef topped by the always present egg, eaten and cleaned up. Now sitting with a cup of coffee waiting for my piece of the world to get a little brighter and warmer.

Yesterday day was new turkey day. Well actually second new turkey day. A couple weeks ago we inherited a female turkey from a neighbor.

She seemed little lonely, so yesterday we drove about an hour up the road and got her a friend.

It’s amazing how big he can make himself look when he wants to.

On today’s agenda is more garden work. The structures we have two hardy kiwis growing on have started to fall apart, so I’m going to use some of the timber I took out of Sherlock’s area to redo a climbing trellis. Then I need to redo the bean teepee. We had tried to have the beans climb garden string in past years with only marginal success. I’m going to put it wood supports with wire mesh between and see if we can’t get a better crop.

Well the sun is now brightened the yard, so I will leave you with a picture of Sidda enjoying yesterday’s sun with her babies.

D.

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Merry Christmas Everybody

Well Christmas morning has arrived, which for those of us in retail seems like a long time coming. We will shortly make the trek into town to spend Christmas morning with my wife’s family as we do every year. My dad and one of my brothers also live in the area but we have always had flexible celebration time with them. This year we got together Christmas Eve Eve. P made an amazing cake for dessert.

One of our neighbors brought a present for the goats, their first round bale of hay. It’s has been a big hit.

I’m off work for the next week, so it will be back to work on Mr boy goats new shelter.

I’m trying to save as much money as possible and reuse more wood from the deck my father-in-law took down a few months ago.

Well time to go celebrate. Merry Christmas everybody.

D.

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Christmas is up

Last night we filled the cabin with holiday spirit.

We bought a new artificial tree this year that is much closer to a real tree. It has very random and open limbs that we love.

Thaddeus the penguin has come down from his bedroom to join the party. He is ALWAYS ready to party.

We added several new ornaments from last year. Here are a few of the new ones I could find at the moment.

Another new addition is this surprised santa that I’ve been told resembles me.

Oh well, onward towards Christmas.

D.

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A lucky man

There is no doubt I have one of the best wife’s in the world. I have no idea how I got so lucky.  She works hard on the property, works at the pharmacy, runs with the rescue squad and still finds time to be an awesome cook. I appreciate every meal she lovingly prepares, and over the years there have been some really great ones. 


This last one was just the other day and was her first attempt at rabbit, as she is thinking of us raising meat rabbits next year.  Needless to say it was a winner, and rabbits will be in our future. 

Thanks beautiful.

D.

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I’m back

It’s been a while but I am back.  My pharmacy partner was out on maternity leave and I got out of sync, but I am back and ready to take on the fall and winter seasons.

We have been working hard cleaning out the garden beds. River the cat had been faithfully keeping an eye out for attacks.

It’s the time of year to get some baby goats baking, so we bought a new boyfriend.


His name is Sherlock and he is a miniature Nubian.  Even though our girls are full size he has gotten the job done.  At least we hope so.  We’ll find out in five months.

I’ll keep the post short for today as we are headed into Charlottesville to hit the farmers market. Have a great day world. 


D.