Wednesday, March 31, 2010
Tuesday, March 30, 2010
I must have misheard the lady on the phone yesterday who called to give me the results of Iris' fecals. I thought she said "nine" stomach worms and 1 coccidia, which would be pretty darn clean results. Actually she said "79" stomach worms and 1 coccidia.
Monday, March 29, 2010
The vet wants to see Iris. Her fecals were actually pretty clean, so we don't know what's causing these symptoms. Now the question becomes - pay the exorbitant farm-visit rate, or put a goat with explosive diarrhea in my van?
Sunday, March 28, 2010
In order of immediacy, more or less:
Saturday, March 27, 2010
Out with the old: The pig is scheduled for slaughter on tuesday. We're going with Keizer meats again. We had actually decided to have our acquaintance Crecencio do it - he's the guy who butchered the goats last fall and he said he knows how to do pigs too - since we are kind of broke and Crecencio would work for meat. I also discovered a place that would cure the hams and bacon for me, so I was pretty happy about that. However, Crecencio isn't answering our phone calls.
Wednesday, March 24, 2010
Tuesday, March 23, 2010
Friday, March 19, 2010
Iris had her babies today. Triplets, the same as Django, two bucks and a doe. One of them is the most adorable goat ever to be born on planet Earth.
Wednesday, March 17, 2010
The other day, I made a poorly considered assertion in a comment on another blog ( Casaubon's Book): I said I produced about 50% of my family's food on this farm.
Triplets! Django really surprised us! I didn't think she was that big, nor that close to giving birth. It's notoriously hard to predict exactly when a goat will give birth (usually in the worst possible weather and when you have all kinds of stuff going on) but there are some clues and Django wasn't really exhibiting any of them.
Tuesday, March 16, 2010
(3 ACRE HOMESTEAD: AND THE WINNERS ARE-) A big thank you to Barbara at the 3 acre homestead (link above) for awarding me a best blog award. It's truly delightful to hear that somebody is enjoying my random ramblings.
In keeping with the spirit of the thing, I'd like to pay it forward to some of my favorite sites. If you are into it, feel free to copy and paste the the sticker onto your blog (and link back to me!!). The blogs are in alphabetical order, not order of preference. Every one of them is worth regular reading.
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Monday, March 15, 2010
Saturday, March 13, 2010
..... and still nursing every chance she gets. She looks so silly, she's twice the size of her mother. The farrier says I have to separate her, like, three months ago. He says it isn't good for her anymore.
Thursday, March 11, 2010
Giant hunks of broken concrete..... Many of them bigger than my feet, as you can see... but also some which are huge, massive, enormous.... I hit this one with the shovel and scraped the dirt off the top, as far as I could... then managed to slide the shovel blade under it and using it as a lever started to lift it out of the ground.
Wednesday, March 10, 2010
I'm not sure how well it shows in the photo, but Homero rototilled four long garden beds, separated by three grassy areas. The garden beds are connected by a perimeter, so in fact what we have is something like a large tilled square, interrupted by three intact oblongs to walk on. Each of the tilled beds is about thirty-five opr forty feet long and three or four feet wide. The connecting legs are about ten feet long and three or four feet wide. That makes - what - about 800 sqaure feet of garden space, a little short of what I estimated the other day.
This is the far south-east corner of the garden, about one twentieth of the total area. I spent a good hour today with a rake making three short rows, pulling roots, and planting Swiss Chard. Each of these rows is about five feet long, so I have fifteen row-feet of rainbow chard planted.
Sunday, March 7, 2010
In no particular order:
I had been thinking that if I stuck to the right crops (leafy greens, tomatoes, cukes, zukes, and chiles) I could get a good harvest from my modest container garden and count on the trade network to provide me with things like corn, potatoes, beets, winter squash, and carrots.
Friday, March 5, 2010
Thursday, March 4, 2010
Bush of unknown variety (something in the rhododendron family) in full, vibrant purple bloom. Note daffodils at bottom.
Wednesday, March 3, 2010
7:00 - Wake up. Get kids up. Make coffee. Make oatmeal. Pack lunches.