A Farm Update

Ahhh, the joys of Summer, and decent weather. We’re getting things done!
Which explains the past week of no posts.
Hubby just came off of a 5 day holiday…trust me, out here, there’s no such thing as a holiday! There is always some sort of work to do.

Since we had lovely weather, we worked on getting the cross fencing in. For those who don’t know…cross fencing is when you take your big pasture, and using fences and gates, make several smaller pastures. This is done for rotation purposes, because horses can eat a pasture down in no time! Without a little time to recover, they can kill the grass and end up on hay 365 days a year. We’re trying to avoid that!

Our pasture is big (about 9 acres), but where the previous owner had 2 horses, I have 4. Sometimes, they eat down their favorite spots, and there’s no chance for it to recover until spring. So, we did this…

Cross Fence 2The bags are there so The Girls know the fencing is there…yes, they helped put it in, but when Krazy Kantering Games start, I don’t want them to miss the fence and go through. A few bags to lessen the chance of injuries is worth the fear of plastic bags. 😉

A gate!!

A gate!!

The gate is the most exciting part to me. This is something my Cookie has some fears about. Going through gates means she’s leaving, in her mind. Walking her past a gate causes her minor panic. Which means poor stupid Dork doesn’t get to come out in the yard to graze the long grasses. Ahh, but now!! I have an in-pasture, safe place to work with my Pea Brain, and show her, going through a gate means that you get to go places, and that you always come Home. I am excited for this next chapter in learning for her. ❤

We call them No Helpians.

We call them No Helpians.

We had a couple good friends come out to help set posts, and as always, it takes Kid and I to keep The Girls from helping.
Okay, so I wasn’t keeping them away here, because it made a great shot, but, for the most part, they were well-behaved. Sable barely tried to chew the tractor…she did fall asleep right in the line of where Hubby was augering post holes though. Brat!

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We were also able to add some more food bushes to the Farm.
I’ve said it many times, we’re believers in growing food, not lawns. Aside from the grasses The Girls eat. 😉
When I had a chance to pick up 2 pots of Honeyberries and 2 pots of Blueberries cheap, I leapt at it. Now, I am even more glad I did, because I have come to learn from the nurseries that potted the plants, that each pot had 3 cultivars in them. It’s recommended to leave them as a bush when planting (which I did), but I could also have separated them into individual plants (which, if there are any more plants when I go back on the weekend, I will do). I’m pretty darn excited to have the plants here. I had Honeyberries in the city, and loved them! It was one of the things I wish I could have transplanted out here…but the bushes were 6+ feet tall.

Soon, these will be too!

Honeyberry

Honeyberry

Blueberry

Blueberry

Then, since I now have the plants, I did this, with my last pound of Honeyberries in the freezer…

Yummmm!

Yummmm!

That’s now 3 different gallons I have going of mead. I can’t wait to try them! The strawberry and this one will take quite some time to be ready, probably, after a few rackings, near onto a year or more. Joe’s Ancient Orange though, according to the “Experts” 😉 Could be ready in a couple of months. We’ll see.

Last night, we bottled our first batch of wine.
We were given a wine making set, that included everything to make wine. It even included a box kit that has 2 different varieties. We started it on the last day of May, and bottled last night. Not bad, I say. I got 22 bottles out of it. Supposed to make 30, but I had a few glasses from the carboy last week, and we were likely more careful racking to keep sediment out than needed. I did lose a bit at the bottom in the racking the last time before bottling. Meh. With practice, I’ll be better at judging how low I can go, without sucking up sediment. For now, I’m happy that a free to me kit gave me 22 bottles of red wine.

I sweetened 8 of them right before bottling, just to see if I like that better than the unsweetened. The kit makes a dry wine. I typically prefer a sweeter wine. Though, I’m not complaining about the taste of the wine as is. It’s quite nice, actually. Once chilled. I don’t know if you’re supposed to chill red wines, but that’s how I like them.

I figured, since we bottled the one, it was time to start the next kit. So, now I have that one sitting in the primary pail, doing it’s thing. 🙂

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The kittens are doing very well. Growing like weeds, eating us out of house and home. Like any other baby. lol!
We ended up having to take Fiona’s 3 away from her…they were in the house with us for about a week, learning about humans, enjoying formula, crunchies and turkey. Now Storm, Xena and Penny are happy little babies running around and playing with Polo’s kittens.

Trouble hunts and kills a birdie.

Trouble hunts and kills a birdie.

Blue did not want to meet Ruby.

Blue did not want to meet Ruby.

To be fair, Ruby looks like a giant monster to teeny kitties. 😛

And finally…a few pictures of my Girl, just because I love her, and the shots.

She was not letting me out of her sight yesterday...where ever I went in the pasture, she followed.

She was not letting me out of her sight yesterday…where ever I went in the pasture, she followed.

At one point, I was rubbing her face, and she rested her muzzle in my hand. It's just one of those things she likes to do...and then she dozed off.

At one point, I was rubbing her face, and she rested her muzzle in my hand. It’s just one of those things she likes to do…and then she dozed off.

It’s not easy to one-hand a shot with the Red Monster. I managed, without disturbing her, too.
I love this shot.
Only thing I’d do different, if I could do this one again, is have my 18-55mm lens on, so I could show you that her muzzle is right in the palm of my hand. It’s one of her favorite ways to doze. ❤

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