Moving on…

It’s been a while since I’ve written anything new. We have had a lot of curveballs since I last published anything and I must admit, it had all kind of dragged me down, both of us honestly. I just hadn’t felt at all like my usual self. Well, I AM BACK! What is, just is. What will be, will be! So carrying on!

What’s been happening and what’s new around our little slice of Heaven….

We have been busy! We have had some days, actually filled with hot weather….and sunshine!!! 🌞 What?! YES, sunshine! It has still rained a good bit, it’s raining now, but we’ll take what we can get!

A beautiful sunset

The chickens are growing. We move the coop to fresh grass each day and will continue this until they are full grown and ready to free range! The time is getting closer quickly.

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The gardens have taken off! The tomatoes are growing so quickly that it’s hard to keep up getting them tied up! The plants are strong and beautiful, loaded with blooms and green tomatoes slowly beginning to ripen. Very exciting! 🍅🍅🍅

Not from our garden just yet, but an amazing dinner nonetheless! Simple Summer goodness ❤️

The cows are doing well. The calves are growing quickly, strong and healthy. These were our first calves and the fact they are strong, healthy and doing wonderful since day one is absolutely beautiful to us. Many local, very experienced farmers in our area were losing calves like crazy this year. Not the normal for them. So we were quite anxious and couldn’t be happier. There’s just a special aspect that having cows brings to a farm, I think. Yes, they can be a pain and a lot of work but those big old eyes speak to my heart and I have fallen in love.

They were all ready for pictures ❤️🐄

We have several kittens currently. They are absolutely adorable and so entertaining to watch. The little fluff balls have stolen our shoes and wreak havoc to anything left on the porch. For example, my basket filled with clothespins, it had a kitten in this morning and my clothespins were scattered all over the porch! There are two that I think we will be bringing in the house to keep. They are so cute and very sweet.

1 of the possible keepers! Those curled ears 😍

Let’s talk about snakes…ughhh! We have had 8 so far this year! Two being copperheads!!! Neither of us are fans of the slithering type whatsoever! However, last week and of course after dark, we find an already dead snake in the driveway! It was blue! I have never seen a blue snake and not many others around here have either apparently. We believe it was an Eastern blue racer?! It was quite thin but very long. If anyone thinks different, please share! It was pretty, in a creepy way!

There’s been a lot more, menial work, nothing notable. We have been helping others, others have been helping us. It’s such a blessing to have people you can truly rely upon. ❤️

It has been a long few weeks, a long day and it’s bedtime so….

that’s your chicken poo daily 🐔💩

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Cows on an adventure….

I was awakened by babe, ” #!@& I GOTTA GO! GOT A COW IN THE ROAD”!!! The words you never want to hear! There they are to greet you first thing in the morning! I’M AWAKE AND HE’S ALREADY OFF & HEADING DOWN THE ROAD!

When I say road, I mean a 2 lane, paved and lined 55 MPH road that runs in front of our farm, where people find the need to go more like 70 MPH! All I can say is, what has happened to the good old country folks that used to be? You saw a problem, you stopped to help, you at the very least slowed down if nothing else! Nope, not anyone who passed this morning! No stranger knocking on the door prior pointing out that, hey I think your cows are out! I am left speechless each day by self absorbed, in too big of a hurry to get nowhere people! But anyways….

It was not one cow, it was three! Luckily they will follow anywhere as long as grain is involved! Babe walked them all right back through the gate at the barn! It happens, right? This is exactly why we have farm liability insurance. Though I assure you It does not make it any less of an anxiety ridden calamity! Not to me anyways! ( we are not a farm business, it is strictly hobby and for personal use. However, we previously named our farm just that, Calamity Creek Farm! I just knew it would be fitting)

Once the cows were back in, it immediately started to absolutely downpour, thunder & lightening included! Remember I had previously mentioned the *potential for up to 6″ of rain over the next few days? Well there was the beginning taste of the rain to come! But now it’s time to find the security breech in the fence!

Up until early last Winter, we had only one cow. Coal. Her momma didn’t produce milk, she had a very rough start at life and was always alone, not accepted by the herd. She was given to us, the farmer didn’t expect her to make it! With lots of love and 3 years later, she’s still with us and doing great. Though her size is only half that of an average angus. So, we have an oversized pet of a cow. Anyways, first of last Winter, we brought a few more home and two of those had calves over the Winter.

We had expanded our fence that had worked for one cow, to include about 20 acres total. All fencing near the road has electric. Stout electric. However some of our initial fence up the holler, you know we definitely improved on those fence skills the 2nd go round, but that initial fence has been mended on the fly several times! We planned to get it completely redone, fresh, new and also with electric! The breech just occurred before we got there. Today just speeds up our plans a bit! But this rainy weather we have been having all season does not make anything easy! Haven’t even been able to put hay up yet! So setting new posts in sloppy mud that goes way down is just not happening. We need a break weatherwise and it’s not happening this week unfortunately! We will manage and MacGyver stuff to make it work. We are both pretty darned proficient at that game!

So moving on. The cows have eaten things down far more quickly than we’d have ever imagined. We have supplemented with hay and grain but now we were out of last years hay! So the mad dash for a big round bale of golden goodness ensues! A 45 minute trip one way and we have the goods! Now back to the farm we go! Problem!!! Our big 70 HP John Deere is at the other farm in waiting for the call that hay day has finally arrived! I have talked about the mud, even posted some pictures but until you are here in it, trying to work in it, or you yourself live this life, no justice can be done. So our Farm Truck was the only option! She’s a beater of a truck! Lucked into her and gave $350 for her and drove her home! A decal on her back glass has dubbed her, ” Bargain Betty “! But anyways! Once you get the momentum finally going, you don’t let off in the mud! Well babe made it, we are only missing a mirror that got taken off by the pass of the livestock chute! I call it a small price to pay and a win!

 

 

 

I could go on and on about the events of today but honestly, we are once again exhausted. So I will end with this and find it so true….

When asked about farming, ” living a nightmare, chasing a dream “, unknown.

…that’s your chicken poo daily! 🐔💩

Bargain Betty
Oh and I had to eat my on the run breakfast with my fingers & a piece of babe’s muffin
He cheered me up entire for hay
A bird nest & eggs in an old coffee can in the barn