Monthly Archives: August 2008

Apron Give Away in September

August 29, 2008
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Apron Give Away in September

Stay tuned for more details on our great giveaway starting in September…

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Balancing Buffs

August 28, 2008
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Balancing Buffs

These are the famous super buffs.  For those who haven’t heard the story…this little boy nursed these two back to health with an eye dropper of water and lots of patience.  Our 12 year old receives a magazine subscription to Backyard Poultry.  In it, he discovered a photo contest.  Soon after reading about the contest to his brothers and…

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Growing Leghorns

August 27, 2008
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Growing Leghorns

We haven’t posted any pictures lately of our growing leghorns.  They are getting so big!  We were just talking the other day about the differences in the different breeds of chickens we have and different characteristics they exhibit.  We found a chart a while back that details these differences — temperament, size, egg laying abilities,…

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Lessons We Will Never Forget From Our Milk Cow, Bonnie Blue

August 25, 2008
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Lessons We Will Never Forget From Our Milk Cow, Bonnie Blue

It’s been a full, busy, tough week.  While we have had many victories we can rejoice in, this past Saturday we experienced a big loss here on our farm.  We lost our milk cow, Bonnie.  A combination of her curiosity and determination, a left open barn door and a feed bag, ultimately caused her death.  While,…

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Back to the Butcher – Picking up our meat

August 22, 2008
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Back to the Butcher – Picking up our meat

Today we were quite busy.  We took a trip to the butcher shop to pick up our meat.  We took all the coolers and freezer bags we had and still needed more…so the children ended up packing some of the meat in plastic bags and putting it inside boxes.  We froze on the way home with the air…

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It is good to remember last year’s 110 degree days

August 22, 2008
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Today is Friday, August 22, 2008.  Late morning, I noticed the thermometer said 79 degrees.  It is a beautiful day out.  We aren’t without water this year and we have green grass for the animals.  Last year our thermometer said 110 degrees.  It is good to remember and give thanks. 

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12 full weeks…

August 21, 2008
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12 full weeks…

It seems like the weeks are passing even faster now.  We almost have a 3 month old who is still well shaping our world here…  Last week, he caught sight of his first chicken and followed it intently as it pecked its way across the yard.  That was exciting for us for some reason.  I…

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Carrots

August 15, 2008
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Carrots

Our first carrots… We have never been successful at growing carrots….however, we were able to finally grow a few carrots this year.  Next year we will plant a lot more! 

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Comparing Tomatoes

August 13, 2008
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Comparing Tomatoes

Comparing tomatoes— one of the boys took some pictures of the tomatoes we had from our Beaverdam Creek veggie basket. 

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Another snake trying to steal eggs???

August 12, 2008
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Another snake trying to steal eggs???

It happened again.  Another snake caught stealing our eggs… …..only upon further examination, the boys figured out that the snake didn’t eat a chicken egg….but had in fact swallowed the golf ball that was in the chicken laying box.  Chicken eggs crack when squeezed….and golf balls don’t! Since I married a man who likes non-poisonous…

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The Unexpected Visitor

August 8, 2008
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The Unexpected Visitor

I can always tell when there is something up in the barn yard when the boys come in the house with this certain “look” and rocket speed scrambling to find dad.  They don’t tell me because usually that type of news upsets me….and they know that from experience.  They just head for dad.  One morning recently, our…

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Technology Verses Agrarianism

August 7, 2008
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Technology Verses Agrarianism

Whenever agrarianism is discussed, people want to point out the things they enjoy from the industrial revolution, such as air conditioning, automobiles, and medical advancements, without regard to the cost of these advancements. Advancements in technology and enhancements to our living conditions are indeed very nice. But everything has a cost and not all advantages…

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2 Month Motherhood Pondering Moment

August 6, 2008
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2 Month Motherhood Pondering Moment

Amazing changes happen almost overnight when one has a newborn.  It is one thing for someone who doesn’t see our baby everyday to say “My, how he has grown!”….it is another thing for me, who sees him every day, to see that growth take place!  To think that last year at this time, this little…

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From Field to Table..Family Style Food Production

August 5, 2008
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From Field to Table..Family Style Food Production

Since moving to the farm, we have had a crash course with the concept of food going from the field to table…family style.  I will be the first to admit that at first it was at first very strange concept.  We, like the majority of Americans, were completely disconnected from knowing where our food came from.  However, lately we…

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Head ’em up, move ’em out…

August 4, 2008
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The day has arrived and we are downsizing here at Vaughnshire (for a change!).  We will be less one cow, one pig and two lambs out in the pasture —  We’re off to the butcher…that is if we can manage to catch them all! 

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