Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Farm Catch Up

It has been a very busy week for us.  We have started cutting trees, splitting logs and stacking fire wood for this winter.  We bought this splitter from Tractor Supply and it will pay for itself this winter.  I have never had to split logs in my life.  This is a new experience for me.  We have put our chain saws to work cutting lengths of logs.  We have purchased chaps and hearing protection.  The splitter works like a champ.

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We were able to cut, split and stack about 1 3/4 cord of wood in 1 day.  Each time we load the wood stoves we will be thankful for this time we spent outdoors, enjoying the sunshine and working hard. We have two wood stoves that we use to heat our house.  One in the basement that will keep pipes from freezing and warms the floors and one in the kitchen that is cozy and makes the house feel like home. We plan on having about 6-7 cord of wood available.  Anyone want to come play with us?

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The weather has been very changeable this spring.  Today we had sunshine with a nice cool breeze, then pea sized hail, then sunshine. If you don’t like the weather, wait 10 minutes it will change.

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While we were outside the pups were out with us.  However, we gave Tom Tom the turkey a little free range time.  The girls had to go inside to protect him.  They are retrievers after all.  We took a quick look inside and this is what we saw.  Both Emma and Lucy had their blanket over their head playing.

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It is difficult to see, but Emma pulled her head out and started biting Lucy on the head.  They will be a year old in June but are still pups.

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Earlier this week Ted came home and told me about these huge tree stumps that were on the side of the road near us.  The city had cut these trees down and left the stumps there.  He thought the goats would love something to jump on.   Off he went in the John Deere and brought home “playground equipment”.

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A quick toss over the fence and……

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instant playground for goats.   He made two trips and they kids are happy.

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Back to work for three nights and then we begin putting subflooring in the kitchen, mud room and office.  After that the flooring goes in.  I can’t wait.  After three years with a mixture of cracked tile without grout, holes in the floor and old wood floors it will be a dream come true.   Just three years ago in July we had no kitchen and were washing dishes in the bathtub with water from the neighbors house.  Cooking on a two burner Coleman camp stove.  No cabinets. Food stored on plastic shelving.  Electric wires hanging from nails in the beams.  Wow, we really have a home.  I look back now and wonder what ever made us think we could make this farm not only livable, but the home that it has become. Amazing.  Much love and prayers from Mainely Ewes Farm.

Kelly

5 comments:

LindaSueBuhl said...

we have a big cedar stump out in our front pasture - a source of many games of king of the mountain for our goats. Your accomplishments in making the farm a home are admirable - I know how much work it is (we renovated a 115 year old inn) and the satisfaction really does outweight the exhaustion!

Sandra said...

Farm work is never done, eh? There's always something need our attention. The goats will love playing on the stumps; they are such clowns!

Peggy said...

You two are amazing! Just reading what all you accomplish gives me energy and hope to get things done. I am so hoping things work out here at Hidden Haven so I can get a couple of goats again. I am enjoying my splitter from Tractor Supply. Got it 2 years ago and its been awesome. Even made money with it last week splitting for someone else.

Joanna@BooneDocksWilcox said...

Oh the tree stumps will be jumped on and chewed on.

On your other post, I use babywipes in my milking routine too, also use 'em to clean eggs.

Fearless Nester said...

Just catching up on my reading and I marvel at how much you have accomplished at your place, turning it into a wonderful haven for not only yourselves, but all your sweet critters too. ~Lili