Milking

Milking is going well. Maisy’s colostrum cleared in a couple of days and now we have pure milk. And pure cream. In some ways it feels like there was never a break. 2 gallons in the morning and 2 in the evening. We’re rich! Phil is ok with sharing the bounty. But Maggie is having a …

Mother’s Day, part deux

Mother’s Day Two was chilly and overcast, just perfect weather for the few “things”  I needed to have accomplished in the garden before this next bout of rain started. Rachael and Luke were my “personal mother’s day slaves”. Daniel was at school and then had baseball practice. He will get to be my slave at …

Happy Mother’s Day :]

When the kids asked me what I wanted for Mother’s Day, I jumped at the chance to have a couple of jobs done in the garden. While I could take care of the chores myself, the work would go really fast if the kids help. So we raced home after church. But before we could change …

It’s been an amazing several days of highs in the 60’s and 70’s and lows in the 40’s! We have a few stubborn low spots that still have actively standing water (can water “actively stand”?)~ our driveway and the southwest pasture. But most of our standing water has evaporated.   The fields are greening up …

Today in two parts….

This morning started off chilly and overcast. So I planned an office day: filing, writing reports, filling out applications for farming grants. You know. Office stuff. And, if I got all that done, I was going to trip down the stairs (well, not really trip down the stairs. That’s just a figure of speech. Remember …

Return to business at last

And so we return from an unexpected internet interruption~ a 5 day interruption. But that’s what we love about living on the bald naked prairie, out in the middle of nowhere, out where the prairies meet the mountains, where the wind swept pastures blow sweetly~ spotty internet service. No matter. The only action we’ve had lately …

Garden update

No animal pictures today. Just food for the eyes and stomach or at least our future stomachs.  🙂 I moved all the tiny plants from the basement garden outside to the picnic table where they can absorb a bit of sunlight and soak in the rain showers we are expecting today.   Just a few …

Very windy today. I swear the whole of March is like a lamb and all of April roars like a lion. The weather models indicate that we are having 20 mph gusts but it feels harsher.  We need the wind. Our soil is still completely saturated with water. The only way we will rid ourselves …

We’ve been busy here on the farm. But I don’t have a lot to show for all our busyness. The teenage chickens are getting so big it’s hard to tell apart them from the mature hens. Little by little the weather is warming. We still have freezing temperatures at night. And the breeze has a …