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Thursday, October 25, 2012

Fall Family Day

Its time for our annual Fall Family Day! This Saturday Oct. 27 from 10am-2pm. The free farm animal petting zoo is coming back, plus free face-painting, free food samples, and a free gourd for kids to decorate! Looks like a pattern developing. Yep, its basically a bunch of free stuff for our customers! Its our way of saying thanks for making 2012 our best yet, and to remind everyone about our unique gifts as we approach the holiday seasons. See you there!

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Very cool experiment

I was listening to a lecture from Wayne Deyer that was taped live and he had a member of the audience come up and hold out one hand, fist clenched, elbow straight.  He then pushed down on the hand with his finger to test strength.  Then he gave her an envelope to hold to her chest and tested the strength again and it was weaker.  Then he gave her another envolope to hold to her chest and tested the strength and it was strong again.  In the first envelop was equal, the second contained vit C.  I thought NO WAY.  He said another lecturer did this with 1000 audience members and 100% of the time this was the result.  So I tried it on John and got the same results over and over.  This morning I had him try my strength with jelly beans vs Vermont PB and even though I tried like heck to defy this, I could not hold my arm up with the jelly beans.

Please try this and tell me what happens!  I want to know if perhaps subconsciously I'm making it happen...I am a scientist at heart - my first degree was human biology - and I am floored by this.  It doesn't make logical sense to me!

Happy Wednesday!

Monday, October 15, 2012

Our 'day off'

Monday is our day off although its also chore time, catch up on laundry time, clean the pens time.... Here are a few pictures from taking our time enjoying our chores this morning!

Sunday, October 14, 2012

Hanging with the kids!

The turkeys have transitioned to the garden

Requirements for living in the garden are being too fat to fly and to big for a cat to go after. They all pass and are loving their freedom!

Friday, October 12, 2012

Two new eggs hatched today!

One will be tiger striped and the other is calico mix
Still in their eggs nice and cozy!

Shot out of the egg and then fell right to sleep again!

Morning chores....

Little Bear has gotten in the habit of checking for treats all the time!  John's doing....
Look at this beautiful new chick - bowtie silkie - our first colored one!
Little bear :)
Does this hay bag make me look fat?
me, me!  I need the next treat!
double trouble
nice hair!
nice hare!
yeah, I know I look good!
Wolfie is always by our side waiting for attention :)  He is the best!
Where is our breakfast?!
This is where the jack-o-lanterns will end up!
They just got the cage cleaned so they need to quick make a mess!
baby showgirls sleeping together in the heat
nice bald spot!
My nesting hens taking a break to snack
The turkeys are starting to gobble!
so tiny!
Ozzy watching over his hens
Buttercup is the head goat and she's looking good on the move!
YUM - breakfast!
Finally, my breakfast!

Monday, October 8, 2012

A life in a day on the farm

There is NO order to these photos as the document my day - although not nearly all of it!
We are raising 14 holiday turkeys in a turkey tractor made from an old broken cover-it and some fencing.  The turkeys eat regular blueseal feed and all the kitchen scraps I put together!
I made 2 apple pie stroodles for an impromtu party or friends/family/nieghbors (they are all 3)
SysNoodle trying to eat my ipod - she is bitecurious about EVERYTHING!
Wolfie waiting for me to walk them all into the field
My apple corer peeler is the BEST and only cost $20 at the hardware store - makes pies and drying fruit soooo easy!
John trying NOT to share his coffee!
We've  now hatched 10 baby chicks successfully!  3 have gone to other homes and 7 wait for adoption!
This is how I start my day, every day.  The animals know I will not discuss feeding or walking until I've drank my first cup!
My friend Kevin helped me trim all 28 goat hooves!  PHEW!
cuppy waiting to get milked!
frying up onions for tonights fun dinner with friends - beef stew with all the veggies in me and my sister's houses!
John checking the nest with the silkies running around looking for treats!
My English Angora need a harecut!
Pottery I made at the hebron fair is ready to be glazed!
Kids stopping by to be crazy and run around and make silly videos
when I asked Kevin for help I did not know he was afraid of goats! he is cured now!
Morning milking - sooooo cold now!
Stroodles ready for the oven!
The silkies have an outdoor pen, a sun room, and a nesting room
Eight loaves of bread waiting for the oven - yes, we ate them ALL!
We milked 2 times a day 12 horus apart
Doesn't she look like she's smiling?
I dried 1/2 gallon of apples - YUM!  my favorite winter treat!
I finished waxing the bottoms of the pottery for glazing!
Lamancha and the babies going back for some hay
Goat fear - cured!
John telling Cuppy that the coffee is NOT for her!
turkey treats after getting ready to make 2 pies and 1/2 gallon of apple leathers!
little chicks looking for homes!  $5 each!
There is nothing like homemade bread!
getting ready to clean apples
before the onions, there was the butter - YUM!
making dough
The goats are always curious!

Silky and Cochin Hut 2011

Guineas in their new flight cage!

Easy Bantam Nesting Boxes

Easy Homemade Bread!