Wednesday, February 08, 2012

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, consumate porcine producer and general homesteading Guru, and use an all wheel drive van we have sitting around to work as a mobile chicken tractor and Livestock hauler.

The weather has been really nice lately, hovering around zero.  I am getting by with only one fire a night at the green house.  Last night was a little colder going down to -14C, but after -35C or so, it feels down right balmy, with the small wood heater upstairs keeping the house nice and comfy!

I really appreciate companies that stand behind what they sell.  A case in point is Lee Valley Tools, where we order our gardening tools and wood working equipment from.  I bought a very nice Stubai pickeroon from them.   It's a big help in the fire wood handling department - the best one I've ever had.  In the -35C weather we had a while back I was banging  a block of firewood  that had frozen in the ground and snapped the handle off.

One email to their very responsive customer service department and a gratis replacement handle was shipped to us. A noteworthy fine example of customer service, from a company that doesn't just talk the talk but actually walks the pickeroon..

We're all excited about finishing our water treatment plant today.  Soft water in abundance.  The ability to wash our hair without using half a bottle of shampoo.

More will be revealed..

Hope you run into some great service today. You deserve it.


1 comment:

Donna OShaughnessy said...

I once hauled a 5 day old calf (100 plus pounds) to a local nsg home for the residents to enjoy.

Figured easier to take in my car than hauling a whole livestock trailer.

My back seat has never been the same