Category: Country Living

Upcoming Fall Ramblings

Ever feel like you fell off the wagon 3 miles back and have been running behind its dust trail trying to catch back up with it?  Or feel like the mound of laundry grows to monster size proportions in seconds…

And a new baby lamb…

We were all pleasantly surprised to find out that we also had a new baby lamb born on the farm today.  This ewe had problems with her last birth earlier this year in January.    This time, she and the new…

The cat who pulled feathers…

Evidently, the farm boy knows more about his barn cat than we thought!  After breakfast, the little farm boy noticed the barn cat meowing at the back door.  He went out, picked her up and said, “Yep…she had babies…somewhere…I bet they’re…

Somebody Turned Off Summer

We really enjoy the changing seasons.  Last week our oldest son came in the house from evening chores and commented on how amazing it was that you could smell Fall in the air.  The nights have been cooling off rather…

Pig Sitting and Delivery

This is kind of a farm update, but also a fun look at the “little things” of farm life that we over look so much of the time.  I say little things, because when we think of owning animals we…

The night the bat visited

I remember the first time I discovered the fact that real bats live real close to me.  It was quite disturbing.  There’s nothing like taking an evening stroll with your husband as he shows the kids how to make the…

1942 Farming Propaganda

While I’m very thankful for the tractor and all that it can do – the actual impact of progressive farming was exactly opposite of what this old film clip portrays.  In fact, Beth recently quoted from “The Hind Tit“, Andrew Nelson Lytle essay…

Farm Boy Work

I think it isn’t shocking to say that our culture at large has a very strong  hatred of  good honest work.  As a culture, we relish what is faster-quicker-easier…  The word “work” invokes the thought of having to exert too much…

Beautiful July in the garden

Thanks to a Canadian cold front, we have been enjoying some incredible weather!  It was 75 degrees today and beautiful.  We were eating supper outside tonight and it felt like spring or late September!  It was wonderful.  In the garden…

More Babies Update

I am shocked at how quickly our first year doe had her baby…a beautiful little doe!  It was amazingly fast.  Most of the children and my 16 year old niece were able to watch her give birth.  They haven’t stopped talking…

Breaking News…Laboring Goat

Warning  Graphic Farm Language: Because things like this always happen to me when the husband has to leave to go to the city to earn our family some income…. This is how the morning has gone… 8 year old runs…

Food Fascism, Southern Culture, and My Garden

Thomas Moore, the chairman for the Southern National Congress, wrote a great essay late last month, that is well worth sharing.  He gives a great high level fly over of the root problem in the corporate food industry.  It doesn’t…

Weed Control for the Garden — Mulch

I have tried to keep the weeds under control this year.  The weeds are not taking us over and it has proven to be much better than the previous gardens we have had.   It has required continuous monitoring and mulching.  I have pulled…

The Guernsey Dairy

We do not have a mature dairy bull on our farm. We have been told by those more experienced than we, that dairy bulls are the most dangerous farm animal around.  We do however have a bunch of bull calves here…

More Cow Talk

Our boys are raising a cow for their grandparents.  They named him Tex.  They have been bottle feeding him for a while now and he is finally weaned!  He weaned from the bottle last week…he still likes Havala’s ear.    I am sympathetic to the…