Thursday, October 15, 2015

Homestead Happenings, Just catching up

I planned to blog more about our homestead as it was happening, but then life happened.  So, I am going to catch you up all at once about our summer and early fall.

First, the garden.  Well......we did not have a successful gardening year.  Here, the weather was just miserable for crops. It was sad.  We got good seed and spent the time planting only to meet a very very wet June - rain every day - followed by a very very hot and very very dry July and August.  We got a total of 2 bitter cucumbers, one super tiny pumpkin, one super tiny cantelope, and a couple of tomatoes veggie wise.  Very discouraging, but that is the way it is sometimes with gardening.  But, with all the loss in our garden in the way of produce, our flowers went to town.  We had stunning sunflowers.  The purple cone flowers, rose of sharon, crepe myrtle, marigolds, and zinnias did wonderfully and were absolutely beautiful.  Here are some photos of those.

On to the animals.  They are doing wonderfully.  All our spring chicks are full grown chickens and are laying beautifully.  We bought 5 random bantams at a local feed store.  2 of them turned out to be roosters.  We have one away and kept the other.  The kids named him Batman.  

He's a handsome fellow and very well mannered.  I am pleased. We have had some very nasty roosters in our years of chicken raising.  Speaking of which, we slaughtered off the nasty older roosters.  We had one gentle one among that batch, however, as with the keeping of chickens, there is a risk of foxes.  And, our poor Big Red met his demise protecting the hens.  It was a sad day.  Hopefully, Batman will be just as good of a protector if the time should come.

The other chickens are all doing well as well.  We are currently getting about a dozen eggs a day of varying colors and sizes.  It is very fun indeed!

Our meat cow, Sir Loin, is full grown and ready for butchering.  He has been an interesting rascal.  He seems to be able to get loose at the drop of  a hat.  And when loose, he is quite destructive.  We won't mind a cow break for a while.

We are also now the owners of 2 cats!  Our first cat which we have had for a while is 8 years old.  She is my oldest one's cat whom we have had since she was 10 weeks old.  In the late summer, we found someone had dumped a wee kitten off our our house.  Turns out it was only 8 weeks old, 2 lbs., and a girl! So, we are now the owners of 2 cats.  We love our cats and they are very handy for mice control.  

Last but not least, we were blessed to get some apples and peaches for canning.  I spent 2 days doing peaches canning fruit and making jam and 2 days doing applesauce.  We had so many apples, I just froze the rest in slices to make into more applesauce later.  

I think that catches you all up on the homestead happening of our little corner of the world.  Now that fall is setting in, we have been cleaning up the yard and gardens for winter and doing some health preparations for winter.  But that's another post for another time.  Here are a couple of final photos to close out this post.  Happy Fall everyone!

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