Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Pasture Afternoon

Our horses, finally, in our fenced in pasture enjoying the fresh grass. Our two year old horses will soon be under the saddle this summer. They still have a lot of growing to do. Bean the gelding is pony sized while his sister is taller than her dam.

Thursday, February 23, 2012

Great Day

We had a bit of spring today with the warm breezes and temperatures here in the Ozarks. Great for drying the laundry outside and brewing sun tea. A wonderful day to be outside soaking up the sun.

Driving Rocks

Here is our friend leveling our driveway after welding a homemade harrow out of a discarded footstool, harrow and a very large rock. He was able to drag it behind his ATV to level both our driveways. And he had fun doing it too. It is a blast dragging rock over rocks. We are very pleased with the results.

Gel Color

We had to go into the big town of Springfield to get some clothes shopping done after almost 3 years of not doing so. While at the the mall my husband talked me into getting my nails done. He picked the color after the manicure was done. And boy did I need it. My hands were hard and snagging after years of farm work. Digging, planting and grooming took the toll on my hands. But after the manicure, I was happy with the results. I got the new gel polish and it was worth it. It last for 2 weeks and dries very fast. I am very punishing to my nails and this gel polish takes the damage very well, much longer than regular polish. I think the gel polish is the way to go for me. And my chickens like the color, too.

Monday, February 20, 2012

Feed Sack Quilts

I was invited to a friends house for lunch last week. She was kind enough to share her families handmade quilts. Some unfinished tops and quilt blocks all waiting for her to finish or pass on to the next generation of quilters. I can see the care given to these quilted pieces of art. It was nice to see the variety of feed sacks and shirting used in each piece.

Saturday, February 18, 2012

Dirt Work

Our neighbor came over with his digger to dig out a line for our electric fence. It would have taken us a week to dig this by hand. While he worked on the hole my husband kept the pup from getting into trouble.

Puppy Afternoon

Today, while our neighbor was digging holes for us; I babysat his border collie pup. Actually, I just got in the way of my shepherd and her play with the pup. They chased, dodged and ran all over our farm. And after a few hours of play, my shepherd is sleeping hard. I am sure the puppy is too. It's good to be a farm dog.

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

On the Wet Farm

Braving the cold morning thunderstorms I got our poultry out of the coop and fed. The snow melted away under the raindrops to reveal the worms under the ice and mud. Our ducks prefer the big pond for frogs and fish for breakfast.
Before the rain I was able to put the clover seed out after the snow fell. And now the rain and the horse hooves have planted them in the pasture mud. I am hoping the clover gets roots set before the chickens find them.

Lark Rise to Candleford

I found this BBC show after another blogger talked about the actors riding sidesaddle. And after watching the first season, I am hooked. I love all the characters and the stories each one has. The characters live off beautiful land in a more genteel time. My husband calls it watching "my stories". I am looking forward to reading the books written by Flora Thompson in the 1940's on my Kindle. If you like realistic antique country life this is the show to watch and enjoy.

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

What is it?

A friend of mine found this 7 inch item with a 3.5 inch wide split end (the pen is 5 inches) on the banks of the Mississippi river near a ferry landing in La Crosse, Wisconsin. He thought it was a clam or oyster device, but it is too dull and heavy for that. It is forged steel with no markings. It is clearly handmade, flat shaft and square stock hook loop on one end. I thought it might be a hoof pick. Anyone have some ideas?

Monday, February 13, 2012

Snowy Monday

Woke up to flurries followed by ice then fat flakes slapping the windows.
We have over 4 inches on the steps on our deck.
And the wild birds are eating all the homemade coconut suit cakes. I found out Lou Ann coconut oil is not the healthy choice as the coconut is heated. So it is now bird feed. I have very happy birds and chickens.
And as I went to hike up to our mail box a red fox walked right in front of me and Osa. Chase ensued and the fox backtracked and escaped as foxes do. I could see his tracks clearly in the snow and read the whole chase. The fox was after a rabbit and did not see us as he was following bunny scent.
Just nice to have winter show up and stay a while.

Friday, February 10, 2012

Snowy Friday

We got snow this morning in the Ozarks. Though it warmed up enough for fog and some melting, I got photos of the first snowfall for February. Osa ran about in her dog coat looking for frozen moles and mice to snack on. By noon most of the snow had melted away leaving mud all around the farm.

Winter Gardening

Yesterday before the snowfall, I weeded the beds and put down goat manure. The collard greens are thriving in the cold weather. They make tasty green smoothies all winter long. And our rabbits enjoy snacking on them in the outdoor run (aka: our garden). Poppy comes along to inspect the garden with me even in the snow.

Ghost Traps

Not ghost traps but actually these are our blueberry bird netting covered in ice and snow. Just thought they looked spooky in the early morning before the snow melted away.

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Poultry Pics

Here are Whitey and the guineas giving me a look as I feed the flock. Whitey takes her chick out to the yard for water and feed. But it got too cold for the chick and both were put inside the coop until the chick feathers out. Yesterday a hawk got one of our guineas in the open yard. The birds are getting wise to the skies and are keeping out of sight.

Robo Baby

Today, we got in a new toy for my husband a Neato, robot vacuum device. It came highly recommended from other nerds who hate to clean. And the thing works. It picks up pet hair and crumbs all around the room. Having cats and rabbits we do have a lot of hair and the Neato does pick it all up. It does not do rugs very well, but floors, yes. And it is programmable and it recharges itself. It has a message display that tells you stuff like empty the vacuum canister. It is very maneuverable and is able to get unstuck if needed. Even gets around the toilet. It does not need supervision, but nerds like to watch. Now if only they made one for the chicken coop and the horse pasture, I would very happy.

Saturday, February 4, 2012

Rainy Weekend

Both Friday and Saturday looked the same all day. Rain and no sun around the farm. I hiked up to the shop to get the mail and check for skunks near the round bales. Staying indoors and being thankful for the rain to come. We needed it as we are below normal out here in the Ozarks.