Monday, August 12, 2013

Why Did The Cornish Giant Cross the Road

To get to the tractor!  Scratch for delectables, feel grass between their toes,  build up those drum sticks, fertilize the field - lot's of reasons really.  And they are all important to building a plump, chemical free, juicy, tasty freezer filling chicken. Need I say more?

Here's the Chicken Motor Home.  They quite liked the ride down the road, over the gate, and into the pasture.
The Chicken Tractor: the pile of wood is just waiting for the wood storage balcony to be built.

Always great to sit around and admire our handiwork after the project is done!


Last night we stood on the balcony transfixed with the light show surrounding us. Spectacular against a backdrop of dark purple. Great streaks of energy criss crossing in mesh patterns.  Walls of light.  The darkness punctuated by sizzling bolts seemingly giving Joseph's mountain some primordial shock therapy. Acupuncture by lightning.  A blood red glow low to the Southwest,  not the latest fire but an illusion created by a crescent moon peering through smoke. After the show- a drenching of rain.  The first real moisture in a month.  As I stood listening to the drumbeat of the downpour I could hear the fields soaking it up.  Almost a sighing of thankfulness after a month of no rain.

No reports of any new fires.  But there is a haze of smoke on the mantle of Joseph's Mountain across the valley.  The trailers are hooked to vehicles, only a precaution. But I may just buy a fire pump this week.  The backpack sprayers I have hanging in the storage shed are only useful for containing small fires and it's been several years since we've had to use those.

I am considering purchasing a T-9 Dozer from a neighbour.  He says it's very helpful around the garden and want's to build a direct road across our adjoining fields between our houses.  To make the daily coffee breaks more efficient.

A little paint and some WD-40 lubricant and it would be as good as new.

I love barnwood.  For one, it's wood!  No plastic.  It's reusable and it has a beauty all it's own.  Here's one of my favorite uses for it as window trim.


The top board reminds me of Vincent van Gogh's Starry Night:


Interesting too, how we spend fortunes on paint to cover outbuildings to protect it from the elements.  Yet look at the patina on the barn logs after 70 years.  The logs are still sound.  I even saw a commercial product for sale in our local hardware that purports to do the same thing only quicker.

Hope you are having some starry nights.  It's the Perseids Meteor shower after all! Enjoy.




Sunday, August 11, 2013

Turkeys

Just finished the summer version of the Turkey Palace.  It's set in about a quarter of an acre behind a stucko wire fence.




They sure seem to like it.  Next year were considering a Turkey Tractor, a mobile big enough to cart over our pastures.

While Jo was in Britain some erstwhile volunteers and I whacked about 60 chickens.  Most of them Cornish Giant meat birds that we grew in a Chicken Tractor, ala, Salatin.  Thing I've learned:

Lots of help is required

Water temperature = 147 and it's critical

A prewash speeds the process


First time I've tried that on such a scale.  Went so well were about to do it again with another fifty.  Astonishing birds.  I have never seen anything grow so fast.  They are delicious also.  We had our first one three meals ago.  A nine pounder.  We let them grow a little large.  This was a load of hay, 100 bales that Brother Tom and I pulled into the yard.  It's waiting for the hay elevator to get a motor and some barn mods to make it into the loft.

It's been a busy summer.  And a hot one.  Last night it was 24C at midnight.  Pretty warm for these climes.  It's very dry also.  No moisture to speak of in a month.  This has caused the forests to be tinder dry and the sound of fire fighting bombers and helicopters have been filling the skys.  The smell of smoke is in the air, particularly at night.


Hope your having a great week.  We are trying to get all the work done before noon so we don't have to work in the afternoon heat.  Remember that around here, 32C is blistering to people who wear thermal underwear for six months of the year.

Hope your rolling in the daisies!