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Blossoms Update 041819

Posted on April 18, 2019 at 9:50 AM Comments comments (0)

Blossoms Update

We’ve made progress! Seedlings are going in the ground despite the relentless wind.

Lisianthius are all in! (Whew) Lisianthus are large gentian-like bell-shaped flowers with flaring pale purple petal-like lobes. They bloom in summer from the upper leaf axils. Long-lasting flowers with four wide ruffled, delicate petals and oval leaves, they come in various colors such as white, various shades of pink, lavender, deep purple, and bi-colors such as blue-violet...

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Herd Highlights ~ Sugar

Posted on April 18, 2019 at 9:45 AM Comments comments (0)

Herd Highlights

Sugar

Sugar, SugieBoogie, Sugar Bear, SugaMuffin and the list goes on. She answers to all of them. Raising her head from grazing, flicking her ears, searching for us. She loves to be scratched on her neck, back, shoulders, head, belly – you name it. She cranes her neck in pure contentment when we scratch her favorite spot.

We purchased Sugie from a dear friend about five years ago. She was just a little heifer. Now she has grown into a big solid ...

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Blossoms Update

Posted on April 11, 2019 at 6:05 PM Comments comments (0)

Blossoms Update

We plan, strategize, and implement only to have nature, life and reality create chaos. Greenhouse was to be assembled and functioning by the end of January. We were almost done, had to fix a few assembling mistakes. (Mine.) Then, the north wind came howling and twisted the metal frame. Ok, adapt, overcome – called for replacement parts – four months wait. Converted part of old farm house to serve as greenhouse. Not ideal, but workable. Seedlings starte...

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Herd Highlights ~ Nutmeg

Posted on April 11, 2019 at 6:05 PM Comments comments (0)

Nutmeg

Nutty is one of our favorite Nannies. (Shh-don’t tell the others!) She was born at our farm in Jarrell to Lillie. Her markings are beautiful, and she is very loving. She greets us with a soft “naaa” and enjoys scratches along with hugs.

Nutmeg is a Kiko/Boer/Spanish cross goat. As a doeling she loved to jump up on objects, run like the wind and play with her two siblings until they collapsed from exhaustion. Then they would curl up together to sleep....

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Farm Escapades 04.11.19

Posted on April 11, 2019 at 6:05 PM Comments comments (0)

Farm Escapades…


The cover is on! High Tunnel 95% complete. Its been an incredible challenge. One we agree to never undertake again! We were waiting for a day with no wind. (Rare in these parts.) Of course, the miracle day happens while family is visiting. Nevertheless, we headed out. It took a little over three hours to pull the cover into position and secure it. The accomplishment was fulfilling.

The livestock are enjoying the rapidly growing grass. Th...

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Herd Highlights ~ Lady Grey

Posted on April 4, 2019 at 8:40 AM Comments comments (0)

Herd Highlights

Lady Grey

 

She had us at hello. She walked right up to us, cocked her head to one side as if to say, “Don’t you think I’m pretty?”

Yes. Yes, we did. Lady Grey is a Dorper Ewe with just the faintest shade of grey. She loves her head and neck scratched. Pretty sure she would stand for hours and enjoy the loving. In fact, on those rare rainy days, I’ve been known to camp out with her in the barn. Novel in o...

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Farm Escapades ~ 03.31.19

Posted on April 1, 2019 at 2:15 PM Comments comments (0)

Farm Escapades…

Determination pays off..

March 08,2019 was a stressful day. It has taken this long to decompress, analyze and recover.

Jazz (Dorper Ewe) went into labor. So, coffee in hand we went to camp out and watch. A new lamb was to be welcomed to the farm. Jazz was not thrilled with our presence. We had to be statue still and quiet. (So much for enjoying our coffee.) Her labor was progressing nicely. The smells and peacefulness of the barn were comforting...

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Herd Highlights ~ Pearl

Posted on March 27, 2019 at 9:55 PM Comments comments (0)

Herd Highlights

Pearl

Pearl arrived at our farm five years ago. She has a beautiful face, a little bit of white on her belly, and intelligent eyes. She is sweet, but moody. Sometimes she wants loving sometimes she doesn’t.

This past year she gave birth to her third bull calf. We were on pins and needles. You see, her first two calves had to be pulled. (By us!) Pulling a calf is stressful. You are worried about the momma, worried about the calf, and praying non...

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Herd Highlights ~ Eve

Posted on March 1, 2019 at 10:50 PM Comments comments (0)

Eve

She walks with grace and elegance. No one rushes her. She will take her time and with one haughty look she puts other herd members in their place. She is Eve.

When she was born at our farm in Jarrell we were thrilled. Our first doeling. She has grown to be quite the looker. Her coloring is unique, and her eyes are the prettiest amber. Eve has a quiet confident personality. She hardly ever makes a sound. (Unusual for a goat!) When she does bleat it is very soft.

Eve...

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Farm Escapades 03.01.19

Posted on March 1, 2019 at 10:50 PM Comments comments (0)

Farm Escapades…

Interruptions..

We absolutely, unequivocally love farming. However, we always feel like we are pulled in too many directions. It would be so nice to finish a project without interruptions. Interruptions that require immediate attention.

The last of our ewes lambed this week. (One is hopefully beginning labor as we write this.) So, in the middle of plowing, working on the high tunnel or countless other chores we stop to monitor the new momma and lam...

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