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I've had this hand
cranked radio since I got it at a post Y2K clearance sale.
Red Rangers said they were very much ready to enter
the big-bird world of the coop. In fact, after being shut inside
for a day to reset their homing sensors, I found two of the broilers
perched four feet above the ground on top of the nest boxes. And when I
finally opened the door, they were very much ready to roam.
The displaced Australorp
pullets, recently moved out of the starter coop and into our other
coop, are more skittish. They've been hanging out just outside the coop
door amid the stalks of recently cut ragweed rather than exploring
their new pasture.
At one month old, our
Red Rangers are really ranging. They've wandered all the way around the
trailer to check out the garden, porch, and dogfood on the other side
and are leaving little presents where I don't particularly
want to step in them. Time to move the flock into a fenced-in pasture!
The field corn did pretty
good this year.
Early September 2016
will mark our ten-year anniversary of time spent on the farm. To
celebrate, I plan to make a few posts off and on in which I try to
recreate the same photo from the past as accurately as possible. For
example, the shots above show the south wall of our kitchen then and
And here's the view out
the front windows before there were windows and after we completed our
Finally, the last duo
includes the very first fruits of the farm compared to last week's
tomato harvest. Yes, we've come a long way in a decade!
A nice action shot of Anna helping throw rocks and enjoying every minute of it.
In November of 2014, I began a journey with
essential oils when a friend invited me to a short class. I knew
virtually nothing about essential oils, but I succumbed the minute the
woman teaching the class mentioned one drop of Valor will quieten or
stop snoring. What a statement! My husband the snorer! I obtained
a bottle of Valor that very night and we actually went from a loud roar
to a dull hum.
Cutting geotextile fabric was pretty easy with ordinary scissors.
After putting a
massive number of onions onto the curing racks a
month ago, I mostly forgot about them. Well, I did bring in dozens of
the largest specimens for soup-making during that time period, packing
away perhaps as much as a quarter of the harvest into frozen winter
I've got a good feeling about
our new geotextile
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