A year of gradual progress on the Home Front….

 

NOTE: I started this post several weeks ago….but like so many things on a farm (even a little pretend farm) interruptions HAPPEN! So, better late than never? Enjoy the pics of warmer days:)

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We’ve been on the homestead for a year now as of September 29th. Natural to look back and see what has been accomplished.

We somehow managed to keep the lawn mowed…mostly.

Welcomed 15 Indian runner ducklings , 26 Silver-laced Wyandotte ch11910181_1626958887574280_2132530161_nickies and 2 Nigerian dwarf kids to the farm. None had permanent housing, so the upstairs bathroom turned into a temporary poultry nursery and the dining room doubled as eating space for the humans, and sleeping quarters for the doeling and buckling.

Plowed and tilled a large garden….planted it, weeded it……. lost some of it to the chickens……… fenced it, and got some of it actually harvested.

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Started a temporary compost pile….the nicer one may be constructed next spring.

Learned how to clear snow from a rural driveway with a town-person’s walk behind snowblower.

Dug out a little more flower bed around the house …… Added Apricot Drift roses along the curve of the “veranda” on our anniversary.2015-10-09_1444354209

Planted a few pine trees and 2 baby apple trees. My dad sent us a sweet 16 and a honeycrisp that are growing nicely just east of the wood shop.

Larry put up a temporary clothesline for me using trees in the front yard. Works just fine. Maybe next year I can have him make me the one I saw on pinterest….

239Wethered our first buckling.

Lost our first goat to the dreaded UC.

Very sad day…..you were the sweetest little Chicory!

Went to pick up a new companion wether for Buttercup and came home with 2….welcome to one week old Burdock and Thistle.IMG_9864IMG_9836

Gave our first shots to our new livestock.

Gathered our first eggs……and then LOTS more!11875410_880016935425088_871022638_n11254129_1460940730879966_700626614_n

Harvested our first chickens and ducks…..a sad reality to life on a sort of real farm.

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Two annual First Baptist Church youth group bonfires successfully completed with no fire trucks needed.2015-09-29_1443495389

First dill pickles in pretty quart jars…2015-08-22_1440216310

Built a duck coop, chicken coop and goat home out of one of the old corn cribs….well they’re not all quite done yet, but useable.2015-10-09_14443546152015-10-09_14443545362015-10-09_1444354706

Built our first fence…..the goats now have their own pasture.2015-08-16_1439698206

Planted our first deer garden back by the oak trees. Larry set his deer stand up and can now enjoy the view from above.

Taught the growing chickens and ducks how to come home to the coop every night.

What we’ve learned. What is left unfinished….

A LOT is left unfinished!

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