Sunday, July 4, 2010

news from the farm . . .

Today started with work on a sign for a friend. A morning spent designing and painting. After milking, I added the farm name and logo-of-sorts to the top of this sign. It's a two-sided "A" frame chalkboard farmer's market sign that I am bartering for my cow to be bred. Out here folks work for each other with the skills they have. I need a bull, and he needs a sign. Even trade. The area shown here is my new work area in the garage. It's where all my ETSY magic happens now. For those of you who do not have a work area in your garage, you can covet mine. It is a GREAT area to work in. When I am finished, I'll post some pictures of the wood work shop, the ground floor and upstairs of the garage.

This afternoon Macy and I started building her chicken house that she needs for her 3 birds. She used an old "roof-like" structure and decided that she wanted her chicken house to have it as it's roof. Working out the dimensions and building it together is important for her to learn how to build things herself. She now has a greater appreciation for using tools, like drills, now that I made HER do most the work. Using a drill for screwing, while holding wood straight, is not an easy task for a thirteen year old girl.

Grandma came over today and prepared us a Fourth of July dinner. Fried chicken (just butchered last weekend) onion fried potatoes, bacon-baked beans, vinegary onions/tomatoes/cucumbers, chips, and cut-up caramel apples for first dessert. Later on we are having apple pie for second dessert!

This summer the older two, Nolan and Amory, have both started apprenticeship programs with local farmers/stockbreeders. Nolan started working two days a week at a farm where he is learning cheese-making. He has been at it now for several weeks. And just last week, he and Amory started horse training where they are working for knowledge, meanwhile getting to ride and train horses. Valuable work and information at such a young age. I have them apprenticing there because we are just now having our horse, Lady, bred. Come to find out, she has an excellent Quarter Horse bloodline that includes some Sires and Dames that are reputable in the Quarter Horse circle. The children decided that we would get her bred to a gray stallion so we would have a gray (gray is the dominant gene) foal. This new foal will be Nolan's to train and keep, then each year or two, we can have her served again to get each child a horse of their own. Who knows, maybe our farm will eventually become a horse training camp during the summer . . . (that's the entrepreneurial business mind in me thinking)

Today marks 6 months (and two days) since we moved here to our farm. We are so thankful to God for giving us such a great place to raise children and animals together.

1 comment:

19lt70 said...

I am always in awe of how amazing the opportunities you and your family have. Sounds like your life is rich in activities and learning and wholesome pleasures. You really inspire me!