Monday, July 26, 2010
Thursday, July 22, 2010
Tuesday, July 20, 2010
Thursday, July 15, 2010
For now, our harvest is curing in the driveway.
Obviously they are not of a very large size due to the weeds blocking all the sun. I'm smiling despite the fact, due to our growing onions for the first time with moderate success.
Momma rabbit decided to taunt me with her current state of pregnancy. I swear she enjoys giving me a hard time with each one. I knew she had to be due soon.
When I walked into the pen for water duty around 2 pm yesterday, I found 1 lone rabbit kit, pink and wiggling on the ground. I searched frantically for more pink babies. I overturned every possible hiding place. I crawled hands and knees through the weeds searching for her spot. I even dug up the groundhog tunnel she had played around in. Nothing.
So I decided to put her and the lone baby in a cage with nest box.
What confirmed her full term pregnancy for me?
As I finished up painting the new chicken coop, she decided half of a wooden box I leaned up against the coop, was the PERFECT place to start building a nest. She was busy bringing mouthfuls of grass to put inside, with barely a glimpse my way. Well, she did nudge my feet if they got in her way without even so much as an "excuse me". She was busy a good 1/2 hour before I peeked inside for a look at all her hard work. No Fur but I knew to be on baby alert.
I woke the next morning to her having just finished giving birth to 7 more babies. I can not believe she had them so far apart. Female rabbits do have 2 horns which means they can have 2 separate pregnancies of different gestation age. But 14 hours apart?
Like I said, she enjoys giving me a hard time.
As for Sir Don Julio, he will be banished to his own little fenced in area once the babies are a bit older. No more of his interruptions will be tolerated.
The cider press is half done. The Hopper style apple grinder will be next. And between everything else going on, I have to find a way to get the huge wooden clubhouse play set with slide from the old house to the new house...Yeah...Not sure how this is going to work out with the truck being a mid size... Now if I could only come up with a cool spot to place it so we can hook the zip line up to it & a tree. Man, that would be fun to sail down on!
Tonight, It looks to be another grand show put on by our neighborhood lightening bugs. You can find me enjoying our oatmeal cookie ice cream sandwich's as I sit on the front stoop. Watching the kids run after the twinkling yellow lights.
Sunday, July 11, 2010
This guy has a series of pics showing his set up and in a comment on another site, he said his yield is about 20% more then he had with the old school style. the Shop press is about $130. With their coupons, we could save about $40 more and total for making this set up will be about $175-$200 with purchased hardwoods for pressing plates, mesh fruit press bags & the Food grade plastic press plates.
I'll keep ya updated with the progress & outcome once things get rolling.
We also have 2 Pear tree's on the side property line. One is about 60 feet (or more) tall. Mr.J, the Landlord said they are Bartlett's and the best pears are of course HIGH up in the tree. Looks like someone will be donning a climbers get up when the harvest time comes around.
The 2 pear tree's with Lil man for height comparison
The pears are looking great! No care of any kind has been taken for all the fruit tree's here. We are most likely the first family in over a decade to have any interest in them.
More Black Raspberries being harvested. Frog eats them as quick as I bring them in. We have yet to save enough from her hunger for saving in the freezer.
I am having PC issues with connecting the Digital video camera. We are using Roadrunner now and received a wireless router from my FIL. It seems to have erased any memory of the connection to my camera and being they are away until next week, I STILL have no videos for posting. VERY frustrating since I have things lined up for filming. With built in memory, I have to connect the two. Looks like I may end up biting the money bullet for a removable memory card to prevent this in the future.
Please accept my sincerest apologies for those looking forward to my little Homestead theme videos. I am working on rescheduling a few things for next month and hopefully this whole mess with the PC ports/software, will be fixed ASAP.
Now I must be off to get the new chicken coop started before bed.
Wednesday, July 07, 2010
Sunday, July 04, 2010
This method is MUCH less stinky then the other methods of letting the leaves rot in water. Not to mention, this method uses a smaller container like a 5 gallon bucket with lid. A great space saver. Just add this magical tea to your water containers as you water the garden.