Today started at 5:45 a.m. I cleaned the kitchen; afterward we had pumpkin scones for breakfast and then hooked up the dump trailer and headed out to the local gravel pit. Hooking up the dump trailer For folks who have never hauled their own gravel, let me explain the process. We drive our truck and … Continue reading Nine tons but still not done
...is cleaning up the hillside so the chicken fence can be extended and chipping the brush into the current chicken area. Making about the 100th trip back/forth to drag the cut brush to the wood chipper My job = staying on the brake the entire time so the whole tractor/wood chipper set-up doesn't roll over … Continue reading Today’s job…
The neighbor called this morning. His father decided he wouldn't have a garden next year so wanted to remove his fence posts but was having trouble getting them out of the ground. He asked if Ted could use the tractor to do it after work. Unfortunately, Ted is on a business trip and won't be … Continue reading Driving home
Last year because of the weather, hay became hard to find around here. We were sweating during January, worried we wouldn't be able to feed our herd. We have just a hair under 50 acres, but it's almost all wooded so not good for hay making (perfect for pigs though!).This year, we are bound and … Continue reading Next to last load
We're cleaning the chicken coop right now, and we're past the physical part I do... ..so I corralled the gang out of the coop into a small area so they would be out from underfoot but still have a birds eye view (Ha!) of all the action. This is Ted's fun now (he loves playing … Continue reading Favorite past time
Earlier this week, Ted and I worked on the current project for a little while. We had to do some measurements and then find exactly what we needed to fit. Then we had to figure out some materials. Puppers took over a supervisory role. Ted and I got up early this morning and headed out … Continue reading A sneak peek at the current project
Busy day today! ·chickens fed and watered, ·eggs gathered, ·pigs fed (that took three trips - they got veggie scraps, a dozen eggs, and their grain) and watered, ·big pig feeder checked to see if it unfroze with all the warmer temps we've had this past week (three doors are releasing feed again! Yay! No … Continue reading Busy Saturday
One of Ted's coworkers has cattle, and he designed a new type of hay feeder. This design keeps the hay dry and off the ground, and it's supposed to be zero waste. Ted bought one from him. Robbie delivered it Saturday morning. The cattle love it!
For years, I've wanted to widen the top of our driveway where we park. It was narrow and bottlenecked due to the hill on the left and the chicken coop and picket fence on the right. Ted got that bucket on the tractor last weekend and spent Friday evening cutting away part of the hillside … Continue reading That bucket is useful!
...Ted worked on cutting down a tree that fell across the small chicken yard and driveway. He started working at noon, and we just finished now at 6:37 p.m. The tree fell sometime last night during the storm and smashed down two t-posts and about 16' of fencing. Once he got the entire tree cut … Continue reading All day on Saturday…