Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Animal Care

At Savory Farm we treat your pork with special care.


And it's not just the apples and eggs they get every morning!

Hope you get your smooch today!

Saturday, January 28, 2012

Feeling a little Sheepish


Day 10 of project sheep.  Or Sleepless in Endako.   Life with a couple of bummer lambs.

 Strange term - just means they were rejected by their moms, for what ever reason, lack of milk etc. When we got them they were less than 12 hours old.  We made it past the every two hour feed for the first  frantic 24 hours and are now into the luxurious every 6 hour feed.

It really wasn't too bad as I was up every four hours anyway to feed the fires during the -30 -40 week.  Thankfully that's passed.

We have Babba and Louie residing in a large dog carrier filled with sweet hay, when there not out galavanting across the kitchen fields.  Well the carrier starts out that way.. Feed and pee.  Pee and feed.  Ah well, the kitchen floor is due for replacement anyway.

They really are the cutest darn things.

They are following Jo around like puppy dogs.  Xena and the Cats seem to get along with the curious bounders.  Cleo not so much.  She gets upset with them at times. I can't wait for them to help out with the lawn mowing chores.  They'll have about 10 acres of that.

Had a weird weather phenomenon a day ago.  It was snowing like mad with a fierce wind through the night and when we woke up we noticed the fields all covered with wind blown snowballs.


  I have never see this before.  I assume it was the wind and not snow elves.

Xena seems to be wondering who was making all the mess too.

Looks like this morning's  blizzard has died down for now,  but I can see another one building over Josephs Mountain. I will be plowing tomorrow.  Right now it's just about time for the mid day nap.

Hope your having a restful weekend.

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Water, Water, Everywhere

And now, the animals and us can drink it!

Just got the last run of  three frozen waterlines thawed out.  Five days of -35 to -40C will do that.  Especially if the maintenance department forgot to plug in the heat tapes.  Now we have water in the House, Green house, and Animal Shed.  No more packing water.  The tomatoes were looking a little parched.

 Brother Tom has a great technique for thawing out frozen water line.  It involves breaking the line at a convenient spot, putting in a ball valve.  And threading a 1/4 inch line down the frozen pipe.  Its connected via an adapter to a high pressure paint sprayer.  Turn on the paint sprayer and keep pumping hot water down the line until it eats through the dam.  Works like magic.  The water that comes back out the line is caught in a bucket and can even be reused.  When the water breaks through the 1/4 inch line gets whipped out, the ball valve closed and final repairs made to the line.  So far the worlds record seems to be sixty feet of 4" frozen sewer line.  A lot of places were frozen up, vehicles also.  I had a 50/50 antifreeze mix in the Jeep and it turned to slush.

I had no one to blame but myself for the freeze up.  I had been doing some plumbing repairs in the crawl space of Grandmas this summer and had unplugged the line heaters. It lasted for two days of -35 and then froze solid in a couple of places.  The water line feeds our Main house the green house and animal shed.

Having to pack water from miles away to flush the toilets and feed the animals sure makes me appreciate the simple act of turning on a tap.  Isn't life like that.  Sometimes I just don't appreciate the simple things in life until they disappear.

Hope the simple things in your life are keeping you happy!

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Outstanding

 Which one of these things is different from the others:


That egg is goose size, and we cant seem to find a goose in the hen house.  Today I am going to see if I can locate a hen that is being very careful how she moves!

This is a very old wooden threshing machine that we donated to the local museum.  It was languishing  under a tin roof that was hung off an old rat crap infested shed.  It now has a lovely new home under a great roof. 

The roof became the outside pen area for the chucks and the old rat crap infested shed became the shell
for the all season green house
.

Now were looking at fixing up a hand hewn barn on the place that is in surprisingly good shape.


 I was getting it ready for some goats but that didn't happen.  Now were thinking of trying some Sheep.  We need a couple of good lawn mowers, and I can use some new wool socks.. the back of the barn will get a door cut in it so the pigs can get out of the weather.

If your out in the weather today hope your enjoying it.  It's the first time in a couple of weeks that we have fired up the furnace.  We got so used to the + temperatures, the -10's seem cold..

Wednesday, January 04, 2012

Slip Sliding Away



It's the fourth of January.  I am at 54 ° North and its pouring rain.  During a let up I slipped out ( literally ) without my crampons to feed the fire in the green house.  The dogs were laughing at me.  They have built in ones - but they didn't look all that steady either..

The good news is that four arm loads of firewood in the upstairs heater will keep the house warm and cozy for a day.  Some one has been stealing our firewood lately because of the 16 stock piled cords at least three has disappeared.  We suspect some one has been burning it.

Got a bajillion projects on the go - some of them weather dependent.  I.E.  I don't like to work outside in the rain wearing crampons unless I really have to.

Hope your getting around OK.