down on the farm

It’s been a good couple of weeks for us at Blissful Homestead.  Cool mornings and evenings and warm afternoons have done wonders.

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The alfalfa is growing even better than weeds.  We couldn’t be more pleased.

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It’s finally noticeably taller than the grass.

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The garden looks great — especially with the first crop of our corn (a huge bust) pulled up.

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Our first zucchini popped out this weekend.  They got a late start and we weren’t sure we were going to get any.  Hurray.

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Here’s our first tomato — last year we had a bazillion on the vine only to be wiped out by a freak three day cold snap.  One day at 32 degrees they can handle — three in a row.  Nope.  The extended forecast calls for a warmer than normal winter.  We’re keeping our fingers crossed.  I need to learn how to can tomatoes this year.

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Our peas — the spring crop was a massive failure, so if we get even one meal (okay, maybe two) I’ll be happy.

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Cherry tomatoes — yum.

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And a little bitty pepper.

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We moved the big chickens into their new yard, so the little chicks (not so little anymore) have a big old spot of their own.  They are loving picking through the winter rye clippings.  They have so much to munch on, they’re hardly touching their feed.

Speaking of the old chickens, here’s their new house.  They are quite taken with it — well, they use it anyway.  Oh, and that mess, that mess is the last of the corn stalks.  For whatever reason they totally love it.

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My favorite part of the new hen house is the little trap door we use to collect eggs.

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Here’s their new outdoor roost — I don’t think they’ve quite figured it out yet.

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Oh, I take it back, the water bucket is my favorite part of the set up.  It has little nipple things (sorry I don’t know the technical term) on the bottom the the chickens peck at to release water.  We fill it up every five days or so and because it has a lid, the water stays nice and clean for them.  It’s a win-win for all parties.

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Speaking of win-wins or win-losses in this case, Hayden had his last football game of the season on Saturday.  Heritage Academy made it all the way to the state championships.

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This was the only picture I got.  It’s right before the game started (Hayden is number 14).  Seriously, the game was so intense from start to finish, I didn’t even think about taking pictures.  I’m totally fired as the family picture taker.  In the end, they lost 20-24, but they played their hearts out and should be very proud.  This was one tough team (and one tough crowd too I must add — why do people have to be so rude, holy cow, it’s a game, but I digress).  Awesome season Hayden.

That’s about it.  Hope all is well in your neck of the woods.

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One thought on “down on the farm

  1. I just wanted to say that today we watched Swiss family Robinson and I am Convinced that you and Greg and hunter and Thomas are them.

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