FARM

Hello & Update Around the Farm!

Hi all!!!

It has been a long busy summer!  What a crazy one, too. Our hay field dried up…………..no hay…………fortunatelyrain came in August. Not alot but enough to get the field growing. The dry summer kept me busy moving the sheep and goats around, from pasture to pasture. I was glad that the pasture grass kept growing but I would not let the sheep graze it tooo low. We sawed out lumber, with our portable mill, during the every spare minute we had. We ended up sawing out nearly 8,000 board feet of lumber. The fairs started, in August. Our luck or quality of sheep proved to be great! We took many Grand Champion and Reserve Champion ram and ewe and all of the fairs. Our older ram(boy sheep) took Grand Champion Any Other Breeds Wool at larger fair. We also “almost” received Champion Over All Breeds Pair of Ewe(girl sheep) Lambs Bred and Owned at our county fair. Yea, that does not sound like we won but in a way we did. Our breed of sheep are not very common. They are not “the meat breed” type sooooooo judges tend not to consider them…………when it comes to champion over all breeds competitions. So, to even be in the top two……….we feel blessed.

After the fairs, we spent the next month getting the farm ready for winter. Dennis had surgery on Sept. 25th to fuse three dics, in his neck. All the farm and house work was now on my shoulders. I also tended to his needs. Before Hurricane Sandy hit, we spent many hours prepping. Our sheep & goats were still out to pasture soooo we had to get them secured, inside. After the hurricane, I put the sheep back out to pasture. Before this last bout of weather, the NorEaster, the sheep came home and I took down all the portable fencing…………..so it would not get ruined. I did not get to spend much time on the computer as Tim’s girlfriend left for college, out of state, and he is on it all evening talking to her. That will change!

Here are some of my scrappy projects:

“2012 Wins” is about this year’s show winnings. Besides the many Champions and Reserves, we also brought home three Shepherd’s Awards!

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Paper: cardstock, Reminisce Making the Grade & Making Memories.

Metal tabs, brads, ditressing markers, tulle, metal buckle, yellow ribbon, black gel pen, purple & white twine, rosettes, sticker and letters by Recollections.

“Aroha” means love down in New Zealand. It is a dear friend’s One Little Word for the year. I chose to title this LO because it shows the love I have for my boys and the love they have for being outdoors and the woodsman sports. Daniel wants to follow in Tim’s footsteps!!!

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Paper:cardstock, Authentique – Carefree collection, orange dot scraps.

Black lace, black gel pen, wool(from our sheep) grey felt, platinum Liquid Pearls, burlap, lighter to burn the edges, handstitching with Tim Holtz frayed burlpap marker, flourish sizzix die, letters by Recollections and Colorbox.

When prompted to use a camera on a LO, I came up with “Explore”. This camera is actually a paper version of mine.

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Paper: Creative Memories, cardstock.

Letters by K&Company, butterflies by K&Company, felt flowers by Creatology, black gel pen, black ditto stamp, doillies, silver pearl Liquid Pearls, ink – black soot and antique linen and handmade stick pins.

I want to thank you for taking the time to visit our site and hope you come back soon!

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Spring has Sprung at our Farm!

Here we are the beginning of April and signs of spring are everywhere! The sugaring season is over and we did ok…….. made 7 gallons of maple syrup from 44 taps. The weather went crazy! We had a wek of 60 to 80 degree temps. Toooooo hot to fast. The weather has now moderated and returned to normal for end of March /first of April. Last week, we received our first batch of chicks. Boy, are they cute!

We have started to have “our” babies……………lambs! The first ones were born March 29th. Our very first……………twin girls(ewe lambs)! Daniel named them: Blackberry (BB) and Twix.

Yesterday, wee had our second set of babies. They were named: Pumpkin and Slpat…………..a girl and a boy! In this photo they are only three hours old.

We are not done lambing and the goats are due to kid the end of this month………Stay tuned for more news from the farm!

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News from the Farm

We have been busy the last couple of weeks. We have cut and split two cord of firewood. We use this wood to heat our home and hot water.

One Feb. 12th, we started “our” maple sugaring season, about two weeks early. It was a cold day(20 degrees) but the weather was being forecasted to be perfect for sugaring.  A “perfect” day is when the night temperatures are in the 20’s and day temperatures  reach  the upper 30’s………….lower 40’s with no northeast wind. We “set” 44 taps. Our taps are metal tubes that are inserted into the tree. There is a small hole, in the tap, that the sap comes out of and a hook to hang a bucket on. We drill a 11/32″ hole, two inches deep into the tree. Taps are usually “set” on the side of the tree that contains the most branches.  We then  insert the taps into the holes, gently, with a hammer. We are very careful not to split the bark……………..which would create a leak. The size of the tree determines how many buckets can be set. A 12″ tree can only support one tap. Larger trees can accomodate more taps. Bucket are then “set” and lids are slid on top………………the lids help keep out  weather and debris. Sap is collected every day and stored in a large plastic container.  When we have enough sap, we boil it down to get the end result………..maple syrup.

Thnak you for stopping by…………..check back tomarrow to see how we make the maple syrup.

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