"You cannot legislate the poor into freedom by legislating the wealthy out of freedom. What one person receives without working for, another person must work for without receiving. The government cannot give to anybody anything that the government does not first take from somebody else. When half of the people get the idea that they do not have to work because the other half is going to take care of them, and when the other half gets the idea that it does no good to work because somebody else is going to get what they work for, that my dear friend, is about the end of any nation.

You cannot multiply wealth by dividing it."
Dr. Adrian Rogers 1931-2005
Showing posts with label farm projects. Show all posts
Showing posts with label farm projects. Show all posts

Friday, October 31, 2008

Baa baa Black Sheep

Have you any wool? Of course! And look at what I found today in town at an antique store...to help us in the spring...sheep shears


Photo courtesy of ebay

I am very happy at our find, and look forward to our shearing season.

Sunday, September 28, 2008

Busy

Today we *butchered* some hens. We all had assigned tasks and we worked efficiently and well-respectfully. It was not what I expected...but my daughter and I- in the task of plucking feathers, and mine(of removing the inside gunkies...) did surprisingly well. So I think that in this first year of farming, we are no longer novices. We began this journey to be the most responsible with the finances we have been given, and we knew that our knowledge of farm life was based totally on books.

We have learned so much in just ten months!

When I say that we are busy, I mean that we are in the stages of prepping for next year, and the upcoming winter. The weather is colder at night and we are getting the wood cut and stacked for the woodstove.

We also are getting the greenhouse up again. We have worked out the bugs that we discovered that we had last year, and pray that we can predict through experience the problems and prevent them.

And remember the pumpkins that I shared that are growing in impossible places? We discovered another blessing!!! We have a zucchini plant growing too. Yes, a zucchini. I feed the scraps to the chicks, and I can only guess that the flooding in July and August, picked up the seed scraps and so we have one zucchini plant and many pumpkin plants! How about that!

oh and one bit of bad news- the digital camera we have has reached the end of its life. Photos will not be updated for a while... so you missed out on the freezer filling(I am pretty content not to share this anyhow. It took several mental months for me to get to this point...I wouldn't want to shock anyone:~)* I am not sure if the word for killing hens is butchering, I just realized that along with our learning curve we are acquiring an entirely new vernacular!


I close with this,

Praise God from whom all blessings flow,
Praise Him, all creatures here below.
Praise Him above, ye heavenly host.
Praise Father, Son, and Holy Ghost.
Amen

Monday, September 1, 2008

Location~ Location ~Location



That's the rage in real estate...location! The sheep of Double Nickel enjoy a view that provides lovely mountain views, incredible sunsets and sunrises, and breathtaking clouds! Notice the trough to the left of the photo...that is a bucket cut lengthwise and then attached to a 2x4 base...handcrafted by the Double Nickel team. In the back of Miss unnamed sheep...is another bucket cut in thirds, and the bottom is for grain. The top 2/3 is also used, but in the chicken coops as nests!


Location again...inside one of the many cactus on the farm...can you see? Well past the pokes, the stinging, and deep in the center???


In the middle of all this...

Three lovely blue eggs...they are the size of a quarter. How neat! And the nest is made of mesquite, cactus, and anything else to keep predators away. So location is key!!

Saturday, July 12, 2008

Farm Project(s)


{Carl Larson print}

This print is titled Potato Harvest. This represents things happening here. Not the actual harvest, but the gritty, dirty feeling one gets digging up the potatoes. Finally the rains have stopped! The mud is still here and there and all but one large puddle has dried up. I am trying to get all the shoes, boots and entrance ways clean of muddy footprints...oh it is even on the walls.

Outside the animals are all switched around...as the pen to the second youngest hens flooded and needs to dry out and the house completely aired out. The chicks(newest) have been moved to temporary quarters in Bill's workshop(translation-tool shed on hold), and the goose and one turkey sustained some minor injuries which have turned my daughter and I into emergency vets!

We have done a complete assessment to the reasoning of the flooding and the neighbors property that borders a culvert has not been cleaned out in a year or two. Our property flooded from his side in the rear. I am sure that the kids will be the culvert cleaning crew, as the price to not weed it will be costly for us. Fortunately this will be an easy fix, albeit hard work.

Oh and for all my friends that live in high humidity areas...oh I am so sorry for you. I am struggling daily as the humidity is high for us! According to accuview weather our humidity is at 44%!Ugh!


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I saw this on a few blogs and decided to go for it...I often think about my life and how I have become more frugal...so here it is

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As a 1930s wife, I am
Very Superior

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I guess that I am doing ok according to this simple quiz!

Saturday, June 28, 2008

Farm Projects Updated with Photos

Although I took a month off, to work on a few things, I am still progressing on the repair and renewal of our house. We have now been in the home six months and although I see vast differences, it will be a work in progress for years to come. Fortunately I am enjoying each step.

We are in the raining season here (translation: it is cloudy and overcast and over 100 F, yet the rain passes us). I do anticipate a few days of rain as we seem to have around 7 days each year that I recall rain.

I am getting ready to go and paint a bit, and then muck out the chicken pens, the duck pen, and goat pen. The kids help, but I have come to enjoy making sure that the animals have a weekly thorough cleaning of the little area that they live in! I am not sure why, as of course this entails scraping, shoving and raking up poo and the likes.

I will try and take some new pictures of some of our humble creatures to share the growth and changes, which we are enjoying.

Here is Fourth with our LaMancha goat Maizy.


Except for the brown hen, this is our Dominique flock, which we are raising to continue a historical breed.


This is our mixed flock. We call their pen the pig pen, because the people we bought them from had pigs...and it made it easy to name the pens different names!


These are the Wyandotte's and a turkey(named Christmas...Yummy). They are 3 weeks old and they are in the baby pen.(oh and one of the mixed flock snuck in when I opened the pen).


This flock is in the nursery. There are 11 birds in here, a mother hen named Ms. Scarlet(we love clue) a turkey(named Thanksgiving) and 7 mixed chicks and 2 turkens. This flock all is 9 weeks old.


This is Buffy the American Buff Goose. Only one hatched this year, so he gets to live awhile longer!


Here are 3 of the four Rouen ducks, I could not get the fourth to get in the photo!


Here are the turkens. We have a male and female and plan on raising these to sell, as they are scary~ cute;).

Soon we will have the sheep, as we completed most of the fencing today. Hope you enjoyed the photo tour!