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Big Otis

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All the hens are crazy 'bout that big orange rooster. (Must be the eyebrows.....)

Saturdays are for.... Sewing

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Made a moose. With a scarf.  Which is perfect for a chilly, snowy (yes, snowy!) day like today! Happy weekend!

Morning Farm Foto- Working Girl

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Morning Farm Foto- You'll get splinters

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Edie's favorite thing- nibbling on fence posts. 

And.... October.

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*Tap tap tap* Hello? Anyone still out there?
Thanks to those of you who have sent emails checking up on me and making sure everything was okay. I never meant to be away so long....
So much has happened since my last post; along with the usual "busyness" of summer, my aunt and uncle were involved in a very serious car accident in July. They have both recovered for the most part, but since they are in their late 70's, it was a long road for them. Hubby and I tried to help them out as much as we could, so along with taking care of their place and my Dad's yard as well as our own, summer came and went before we knew it.

In August, we had to have Daisy put down. Those of you who've read my blog for a long time will remember her story~ she was our very first sheep; a bottle lamb. One day I found her limping very badly on her back leg, not able to put any weight on it it all. I wasn't sure if it was a hoof problem, so I checked it out but didn't find anything. …

Friday Farm Fotos: Spring chicks

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It's just part of having chickens. They get old. And stop laying.
And die.
Of course, around here they always die of natural causes....
Once a hen's laying days are over on the Fraker Farm, they get put "out to pasture" so to speak. In other words, I turn them out every morning and let them spend their days roaming and foraging to their hearts content, and I figure if they become a meal for a predator at least they died happy, since most chickens think it's heaven to get to free-range at all, let alone all day long.
I usually don't keep more than 4 or 5 laying hens at a time anymore simply because I stopped selling (and giving away) eggs and the feed is too expensive to justify keeping more hens than we need to in order to have enough eggs for two people.
I bought four Red Star chicks a few years ago, after having only Rhode Island Reds as my primary layers for many years. I fell in love with these calm, beautiful girls right away. Even as chicks they were s…

Friday Farm Fotos: Plow, Plant, and Pray

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Lily and Tiny share a moment at the fence.


I found a quote on the internet not too long ago in which the beautiful Audrey Hepburn once said,  "To plant a garden is to believe in tomorrow."  I love that.  I also know firsthand how frustrating it is to plant one day and then the weather make you lose all hope in your garden the very next day.  Ugh. Thanks a lot, Mother Nature.
(Sorry, I'm a child of the 70's. :)


Hubby plowed our little garden spot in early March.  Here he is at work with the sheep cheering him on in the barn behind him.  Gotta have teamwork to make a garden.


The ground was so beautiful and dark.... thanks to some heavy doses of manure.


Hopes were high for our little garden this year!  We planted onions, broccoli, and cabbage near the end of March.



Then it snowed.


Aaaand we had a frost. A hard one.
And our poor broccoli... eh, it didn't look so good.



The blossoms on my apple and pear trees didn't fare so well, either. No fruit from them this yea…

March, April.... May? Hey!

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*tap tap* Hello? Anyone still out there?

Yes, it is I.... slinking back into this blawg after neglecting it for, well... all of 2014 so far. *Sigh*
No excuses, really... just can't seem to cram enough into each day lately, let alone post updates on here.
But that is all about to change! (Really?) Yes.
I have a rather large and growing collection of pictures from the last three months I'm just about to bust to share. With anyone. Just not today. *Insert evil laugh* I'll be posting them on Friday Farm Fotos over the next few weeks, spreading them out so it will be more exciting that way. Kinda like a cliffhanger. Or not.
I'm also going to start something new around here; I started writing in my journal again back a few months ago, and I'm thinking of sharing some of my short stories from it with you. Sometimes I just write nonsense~ well make that most of the time~ but some of them are memories from my childhood and other musings that I want to put on here if for no…

January, February....

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Time has a way of getting by without realizing.....
I haven't written anything on here since the first of January, and now I'm wondering now where the last seven weeks have flown to. *Sigh*


Everyone around here is okay, including the critters; but the weather sure has been keeping us on our toes lately.  For instance, this was what it looked like here last Thursday~

And yesterday? It was 74 degrees and thunderstorms. 
Warm enough that even the bees came out of their winter slumber  and were venturing away from the hive, looking for water.




A few weeks ago everything was covered over with ice as the temperatures stayed in single digits and teens here for several days.... here I am trying to thaw the sheep's water out with a torch.


The sheep did not like my torch and ran out immediately.  (No doubt fearing I would blow up the barn...)


The chickens got to stay inside for a few nights in the Holiday Hen (laundry room)  when the temperatures were near zero. As you can see, Lily…

(Almost) Wordless Wednesday: Happy New Year!

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The grass feels newer on January 1st. :) Welcome, 2014!