Showing posts from February, 2012

Soft Water, Softer Lambs

After almost seven years of putting up with rusty looking bathroom fixtures, a fridge full of Brita Filtered water, using half a bottle of shampoo to wash our hair we now have wonderfully soft, iron free water.  What a thrill.  Drinking glass after glass of sweet, refreshing water straight from the tap.

Our water comes from a surface well a couple of hundred feet higher and a quarter mile away from our house.  It had a very high Iron, Manganese and Calcium content.  Hard water that stained everything.

A relative gifted us his slightly used water softener and we installed it behind a heavy duty iron remover and whole house filter.  16 valves, over a hundred PEX rings, a box of connectors,  elbows, air injector , pressure regulator, over pressure valve  later and we have wonderfully clear water.  No staining.  Tea straight from the tap.

Next is to replace all the traditional copper lines in the house with single run PEX tubing from a manifold system.  All part of the Plan to install a …

Bummer Road Trip

The Bummer lambs are putting on weight.

 They are now taking up most of the space in the large dog cage and soon will be moving out to the barn. Right now they sleep in the dog kennel and have the run of the kitchen, where we will be replacing the linoleum!  Keeping them out of the cupboards, cleaning up the after feeding puddles, and replacing toilet paper rolls does add to the kitchen chores!

We had to go to Prince George to pick up supplies and parts for our water conditioning project.  The lambs were still on a four hour feeding schedule so we just piled them in the dog carrier in the back of the jeep and took them with us.

Got some strange looks from people at the Home Depot in Prince George and Tim Ho's in Vanderhoof.  The lambs didn't seem to mind the trip and were nice and warm the whole way.  They even serenaded us with Baa Baa Black Sheep from time to time.  It's not like we had chickens in the back!  Altho, we've decided to take a page from Walter Jeffries, …