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“Spook” -tacular
October 31, 2014, 7:40 pm
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Trick or treat

Trick or treat

October 31, 2014

It’s that time of year already. October has all but faded into a memory. The children will gather candy and bellyaches. The parents will try to find their sanity as sugar charged kids go crazy. Perhaps, that is why they call it trick or treat ūüėģ

I say farewell to the month. As I reflect upon these last several weeks, I am filled with gladness. One heck of a lot of work got done. The haymow is full. The gilts are bred. The ends and edges of the corn field have been picked by hand. The rows stand ready to be machine picked, hopefully, starting the end of next week.

I have been stockpiling logs for a wood cutting day. The pile is getting quite large. There are more dead tree logs and limbs waiting to be brought to the pile, but progress has been steady. Our broilers are chilling on ice, freshly butchered and the pig pens are almost empty, because most of the pigs went off to freezer camp. Lastly, our steer Charlie, can now be called “ground chuck”.

So, as November comes in and chases the clocks back an hour, I get to look at a much shorter list of chores. Wood cutting and corn picking will be our top projects, followed by our own butchering as we fill our freezers. Smoked sausages, hams and bacons will soon fill the smokehouse. Our turkeys, named Thanksgiving and Christmas, will also soon vacate their pen, making room for growing piglets.

I see rest on the horizon, but for tonight mostly just goblins…… or perhaps candy eating…¬†gobblings!



The Gang’s All Here!
October 31, 2013, 6:53 pm
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Grazing in the Fall

Grazing in the Fall

October 31, 2013

¬†¬† Today is Halloween. I don’t get all the hype about ghosts, monsters and especially zombies. What happened to dressing up like a cowboy or a hobo? Girls used to dress up as princesses or Raggedy Anne. Costumes were cute on kids and yes every now and then a ghost or monster might show up, but they looked more funny than scary! I simply don’t get it.

¬†¬† I go along with those that say, “Let’s celebrate the harvest and forget about the whole trick or treat thing.” Kids could dress up as farmers, hunters, grocerymen¬†or meat cutters. They could go as vegetables or fruit…imagine a whole bunch of little “Fruit of the Loom” kids showing up asking for a treat. I don’t think a bunch of grapes ever scared anybody! Okay, I’ll quit … “wine” ing ūüėģ

¬†¬† My animals have used up most of their pastures. I have one more ungrazed¬†paddock where the sheep will spend breeding season in a week or so. I have another pitiful corn field that the cows and sows will get to consume. It’s time on this farm, to start feeding hay. Yep, the whole winter chore thing is about to become my main focus.

¬†¬† The animals will all require much more care. Manure will be forked, hauled and composted. Feed and water must be brought to the animals instead of them simply just taking care of themselves. Sure I have chores every day twice a day in summer too, but they are much less. It’s a good thing that most of the other farm work is done.

¬†¬† I looked over the farm yesterday. It was a beautiful day, sunny and warm. I considered just where every animal will spend the winter days… I am still working out all of the logistics. Today, the sows have conspired to roam three fields on the farm. They saw an opening in the fence and are on a wonderful vacation here on the farm.

¬†¬† Tomorrow, will be the first dry run of winter movement. Horses come to eat everyday. They pose no problem. The cows will come when called as do the sheep. The hogs , well let’s just say I have to convince them that what I want to do, is much better than what they are doing.

¬†¬† I have one old red sow, named Char (she¬†was named when I got her), she will come to a bucket of feed. I hope to convince the rest of the marauders to¬†follow her and come¬†with the gang… we shall see how that works ūüėģ