Happy New Year Everyone!
I am a couple of days late but like most everything these days, it got here before I was ready. I hope everyone had a great Christmas and enjoyed celebrating the New Year. Our oldest son and his family spent some time with us on Christmas Day. It is so much fun to have the grandchildren around on Christmas. Let’s face it, Christmas is really for the kids. Tyler was thrilled with his new books (he LOVES to read) and was especially happy with his new book on how to tie different knots. He spent quite a bit of time with his Dad and Papa learning how to tie all kinds of fancy knots. Emery loves her new babies and stuff animals. We spend lots of time kissing the babies and sitting them in the chairs. All around, it was a fun day.
I’ve finally gotten brave enough to allow my few laying hens to roam around the farm. As you probably remember last spring I had a group of stray dogs kill the majority of my hens. I only have 8 left and they’ve been limited to a small fenced in yard by their coop. I really prefer them running around the farm and since I was outside working, I decided to let them stretch their legs. Little Red hen LOVES to wonder. She’s a pretty little lady and quite
I decided to add a few additions to the farm in December. Ginger, Cinnamon, and Louie, my hair sheep. They were purchased at Windy Acres Farm in Orlinda and will hopefully be supplying us with a some nice lambs in the late Spring/early Summer. I’ll be honest, I’m not a huge fan of sheep. Nothing really wrong with them but they are not friendly, stare at me funny, and are rather boring. BUT, I do love lamb chops! Since we enjoy producing the majority of our own meat, I figured I might as well do the lambs as well. I mean, have you priced lamb in the grocery store? Very expensive! Cooper, my collie, loves the sheep…they run when he chases them! Bad dog!
I’ve put all of the goats back in the pasture together and the bucks back in their pasture. All of the girls should be bred and lots of babies arriving in the Spring. I spent New Year’s Day trimming hooves. Made it through half of the girls and will finish up with the rest on Saturday. Some of them don’t mind me trimming and the others fight like wild cats. But they will all get on the stand if I give them a cookie. The quickest way to a goat’s heart is with a cookie. (Animal cookies! They love them!) Here’s Baby Girl. She is one of the bottle babies I raised almost 2 years ago. She is such a sweetie. She loves to be loved on. And what a cutie!
I’m still working on my 2015 Class/Workshop Schedule and should have that posted shortly. And, I am still considering whether or not I will be doing the Poultry CSA this year. I appreciate all of you that purchase chicken and turkey from me and I am considering my options. I’ll be honest, I hate raising the birds but we love to have them on the dinner table. I just have to decide if I want to go through the yucky parts to get to the good fried chicken dinners.
And, it is already count-down time for the Farmer’s Market! In just a few months we’ll be opening! My garlic is looking very good this year! Can’t wait!
Have a great January! Stay warm and be safe!