Happy Halloween

What the heck is this?  It’s Jenna’s collar.  A nice lady named Beth made Jenna two Halloween charms; a glow in the dark dog bone and a green zombie heart.  What dog doesn’t need a scary necklace today?   Happy Halloween!

Our Last Tomatoes

It’s going to freeze tonight, so any tomatoes we have planted in the ground are going to be done.  These are some of the wonderful yellow pears we grow every year.  It’s been a long season.  We started seeds in our dining room the second week of January.  We transplanted into pots and moved them into the greenhouse in March, then into the ground in May.   We were the first to the farmer’s market with heirloom tomatoes this year by about a month.  We’ve just picked all of our green ones and brought them inside to ripen.  Hard to believe that in just about 2 months it’s time to start all over again!

Getting Water to the Herd

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  Ever seen one of these lovely red and yellow plastic thingys sitting out in a pasture?  It’s called a Ritchie, and it’s how farmers get water to their animals.  I can tell you they are both incredibly handy and incredibly expensive.  They are plumbed underground directly from a water source which, in our case, is our well.  They need to be installed on a concrete pad.  We keep concrete blocks next to it so our wee ones can reach the water.   The Ritchie has a white plastic float that the sheep and goats push down with their noses to reach the water.  The dogs don’t quite get the hang of it so we keep a tub of water for them.  In the winter, the dogs’ water freezes but the Ritchie never does.

How You Doin?

Our handsome visitor is the most affectionate ram I’ve ever seen.  He must have been bottle fed as a lamb.  It’s a little disconserting when he runs over to say ‘hey, scratch my head’ because he’s huge.   He’s visiting us for 2 months, so he’ll go back to his own farm early December.  The gestation period for a ewe is around 5 months.  We expect to have lambs starting next March.

Good Boy!

I’ve been working on teaching Milos to sit.  FiFi figured it out in like a day.  She’s on the right.  Milos, not so much, however, he’s had a breakthrough.  I think he’s finally figured out that he misses out on treats when he’s non-compliant.  That’s his ‘enough already’ face.

All Set for Winter

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  When the grass is growing, it’s what our aniamls eat.  When it stops growing, we feed them hay.  We just picked up our third and last load of hay for this winter.  The goats saw it and came running.  There’s no use shooing them away, they don’t listen!   We got half stacked in the big barn’s multipurpose room and the other half at the rear of our tractor bay.  We used to park the trailer in the pasture by the barn but the goats chewed up the tail light wiring.  Actually, it could have been the sheep or dogs who did it but the goats are mischevious so we blame them.

Resilient

We harvested all of our potatoes a few weeks back and spent the afternoon plowing our potato patch to ready it for next year.  Our potato patch is only about 10 by 25 feet.  We bought a used tractor earlier this year and it’s huge.  As we were running our cultivator back over and over our tiny potato patch, I told my husband that the ‘real’ farmers who live all around us would laugh themselves silly at us with our giant tractor working the tiny plot of land.  Despite all of our effort, we evidently left a potato or two in the ground as there are a few plants coming up.  We’ll just leave them to see what happens over the winter, or maybe dig them up and replant them inside the greenhouse as an experiment.  We’ve got a new raised bed in there.  It’s empty right now, begging for some dirt and some seeds and plants for overwintered vegetables.  Gotta add that to the list…

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