Showing posts from December, 2010

Final Farm Fotos of 2010: Wintry Morn'

Things aren't always as they seem in pictures...   For example, take this peaceful wintry morning scene.

What you didn't see happening in the foreground-  Two spoiled, hungry sheep making a desperate attempt to get at the feed bucket I was holding.
*Sigh*... so much for the peaceful wintry morning scene.

Want to see more of this beautiful December morning? Here is the view from inside the sheep barn.

Meanwhile, inside the house, Sleeping Beauty (Lily) has decided that Hubby's chair, which is conveniently located next to the warm wood stove, is the place she needs to be.
All the time.

Every year has it's highs and lows, and 2010 was certainly no different here on the farm... the new year last January came in with a big surprise from Lucy, who gave us twin lambs on mine and hubby's wedding anniversary... but sadly, we lost sweet Lucy in July. We also said goodbye to my beautiful Belle on Thanksgiving Day, something I just couldn't bring myself to post about at the time…

Merry Christmas to All!

Christmas is just two days away and I'm scurrying around trying to get last minute preparations finished up... I don't think of myself as a procrastinator, I just seem to be behind all the time. *wink*

The weather has turned colder here again and snow is in the forecast for Christmas Day. The wind is howling outside- my chimes have been singing loudly all morning. It has been several years since we got any snow on Christmas.... and I think we only had less than an inch at that. I remember my Mother telling me about the White Christmas of 1969, the year I was born; 7 inches fell on Christmas Eve and no one could get out the next morning. *Sigh* In some ways I wouldn't mind if that happened again this year....

I have to admit, there is one tradition the child in me enjoys this time of year- our church gives out "treat bags" for all those in attendance the Sunday before Christmas. This year we had a wonderful assortment: apples, oranges, bananas, tangerines, a coupl…

Bay-bee, its' cold outside.

Well, Edie doesn't seem to think it's very cold.... thanks to her thick wool sweater, she's convinced it's a warm sunny day in the Tropics.

Winter has officially arrived, bringing some veeery cold temperatures to our little corner of the world. With lows in the single digits and highs no where near above freezing, the only thing I accomplished this week was breaking the ice out of all the waterers every hour so the critters have something to drink. A nearly impossible task, seeing as how I wouldn't even finish making the rounds before they were frozen again... *sigh*

I'm so thankful for our little wood stove and some good dry firewood- we haven't needed the electric heat pump at all this week. It is really a blessing not only for saving on our electric bill and keeping the whole house nice and toasty, but also because it warms the hardwood floor around it.
(Ahhh... VERY nice...)

The cold temperatures have been hard on the chickens too... egg production has slo…

Rerun: Christmas time's a comin'

Just a little "rerun" from a year ago today.... my camera's compact flash card bit the dust and I haven't had the chance to get a new one, so I thought I would re-post some pictures from Christmas 2009.

We had quite a bit of snow when I took these pictures, and although it has been snowing here on and off for the past three days, we haven't had enough to measure. (Yet...)

Just seeing these again helped me get into the Christmas Spirit a little more - hope you enjoy them the second time around too!

Drying out

Smokey yawns after waking from a little nap in the sunshine.

After an unbelievable amount of rain over the past couple of days, I awoke this morning to light snow falling. This was the precipitation total from 5:00 p.m. Monday until today:
 In case you can't read our little rain gauge, it's sitting on 4 inches. (Yes, FOUR.) The chicken coops are a muddy mess and at one point there was a small river running along side the sheep lot. The barn also flooded, but thankfully the hay is still dry- Hubby stacked it all up on wood pallets just in case... *Whew* so glad he did. The sun is out at the moment; hopefully it will dry things up a little even though it's colder than gee-whiz now.

Even Edie, whose wool has gotten so thick she normally shuns the warmth of the sun, has been outside almost all day soaking up the blue skies.

Even with the rain yesterday it was still a productive day... two more batches of deer jerky are finished and I'm drying apples today. I also worked on the …