Full Days out on a Farm

Since moving to our little 2 acre place in the country, I can’t remember a more busy time in my life involving multiple activities. I still have the usual laundry and cooking and babies. That in itself takes up more time in the day than there are hours. However, I have discovered that more things can fit into one day. We lay in bed at night exhausted just thinking about all the things we did in one day.Amidst the work of moving and remodeling, we have been trying to ready our garden spot for the winter. Today, I was able to get lettuce, collards, mustard seeds. I still have spinach seeds and broccoli plants to find. This will be the first attempt at year round gardening and I am very excited about it. We are still working on the cold frames but I have a little while before those are absolutely needed.

In addition to kittens, we acquired an entire rabbit setup over the last two days. A family gave us the “business” with one small catch — we had to come out to their farm and catch the rabbits. So that we did. We loaded up and had a wild adventure trying to catch rabbits in a massive barn. While we were there we learned that this barn was built in 1893 and the old farmstead was evidently built upon the same land that was once an Indian camp. The ground is filled with ancient arrowheads, pottery and interesting stones that look like they were used to grind grain or corn.  It does not surprise me, the land around is beautiful with fertile land, valleys and hills and flowing creeks.
The boys will be taking over the rabbits and turning this into a small business. We will be looking to supply baby rabbits to farm co-op’s and pet stores for now.

This is the barn where we chased and caught the rabbits.  The barn was built in 1893 by the King family in Fernvale, Tennessee, just right outside of Franklin and Fairview, Tennessee.

The inscription on a massive beam in the barn says J. D. King 1893, Nov.

Lots of arrowheads found on the property.  The one arrowhead on the far left corner is broken but it was obviously used for something large, maybe buffalo.
The smaller, narrower ones were possibly for birds like turkey.  We talked about how these could be artifacts from before our forefathers were even here in America.

ok…now back to the rabbit catching…..

This is my absolute favorite picture.  This was a massive barn so the first thing we had to do was search it looking for rabbits.  The kids loved it.

After cornering one, we would all work to catch it without letting it get away.  They were actually tame rabbits, but had been on the loose for a while so it wasn’t easy catching them.

After catching the rabbits, we soon loaded up and went home.

After hanging the cages in our “barn” like shed, my husband and I tried to figure out how many females and males we had.  Ha! Not as easy as one might think.  We treated them with some meds and turned in for the evening deciding to revisit that question later.  The boys have lots of reading to do but found a great resource in a book on raising rabbits called, Storey’s Guide to Raising Rabbits.

3 Comments

  • sarah says:

    It sounds like your kids have just absolutely gone to heaven with all their adventures. So COOL!

  • Bethany says:

    They are loving it.
    The toddlers have been wearing themselves out each day— Paterson has rightly earned the name “PigPen” — a dirt cloud follows him.
    Play clothes have earned a whole new meaning 😉
    We are having to ban survival backpacks from coming along with them to stores! I am not walking through Costco with two boys wearing a massive backpack loaded with survival gear, a rolled up sleeping bag and camo burlap!

  • Bethany says:

    Sarah… do you have family from Tennessee….???
    We thought maybe some great ancestor of yours owned the King barn we were in….

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