Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Long weekend

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It's been a busy weekend. I don't know where else to start. Today it's humid and about 70-80 degrees Fahrenheit.  Last night we had the wood stove on because it was cold in here! The sudden warm temperature has brought out a lot of flowers today.

Friday on his way home from his sleep tests in New York State, Kevin picked my niece up at the bus station. She came up from Toronto for the weekend to visit the farm. She is 15. I think she had a lot of fun, we did a lot of riding around in the ATV, I tried to show her what I could. She mucked stalls and milked goats, and even saw how cheese was made. We saw a lot of animals on our drives, including a male Partridge impressing a female (NO CAMERA!) and a bunch of Porcupines. She also saw deer, beavers, lots of birds, The Great Blue Herons, etc.

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climbing up from the creek

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Kate and I at the creek
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One of the Beavers at the lake who swam by us

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Flowers!

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The only mushrooms I've found, and I have no idea what it is.

The kids have been spending a lot of time outside and everyone has been enjoying the improving weather in the barnyard. The pastures have all been sealed off and are growing nicely. These pictures were from the kids first day outside, last week.

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Max and Flav couldn't believe all the kids they had to watch over!

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The Groundhog made herself known while we were working outside on the weekend. Actually we discovered we have FIVE of them around the house and garden. It should be an interesting spring. 

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Late last week before the buds broke we cut our Ironwood for our mushroom planting. Normally you use Oak logs but we found out you can also use Ironwood, which we have a ton of, so we thought we'd give it a try. All the logs are cut and ready to be picked up when the mushroom plugs come in May. We have about 20-25 of them. It's a good thing we cut them when we did because the buds have all broken in the past three days.

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We also got the chicken coop floor finished, and on the weekend my niece helped me move the girls to their new coop. 

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A week from today we pick up our first batch of chicks, 10 chickens, 10 turkey's, and four ducklings.

On Monday morning while Kevin and I were having our morning coffee, a bird hit the window under our back porch, which was unusual because we've never had it happen before. We both jumped up to check on the bird and were surprised when we saw him sitting on the deck post - at first we thought "Woodpecker" then we realized he had a red throat.

It was a Yellow-bellied Sap-Sucker! 

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It was really neat to see him and thankfully he was fine after sitting there for a couple minutes and he flew away. We saw him later in a tree through our bedroom window. 

We also have two Flickers who have been hanging around the house for two days now.

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The soft Maple are budded out and a beautiful sight....

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 Monday evening it was nice enough to go and have a beer in the barnyard. I love being able to sit in the evening and have a glass of wine, or a beer, before evening chores, and just sit with the animals and watch them playing. Of course, mostly they jump all over me, climb all over me, kiss me, want to see what I have. And much to my complete surprise, the mosquitoes were out which is not good.

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Sammy
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Bulrush, Bucket, and Brie (Bulrush is Buckets first kid, three years old) he's a wether now

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The best picture I could get of Buckwheat since he was standing right over top of me!

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Bean and her buckling
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the one and only, Bo!

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Guess who? Bulrush
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Sammy says "where did all these kids come from?"
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The two little girls
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Beatrice and Bean

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Max & Izzie

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Brie looking at Buckwheat

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who said that?

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Bucket and Butternut


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Butternut's little buckling, well big, he's the youngest kid and the biggest of all of them

Even though both Kevin and I are fighting bronchitis right now (he never got rid of it, but started antibiotics yesterday, and I just got it) we took a ride to see if the warmer weather had made the morels pop. It poured rain last night, but it wasn't warm. It's near perfect weather right now, if it rains tonight. This afternoon there were no morels to be found, and actually, no mushrooms period. So it's not time yet.

We did however find some more flowers....
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And we managed to bother the geese in our pond in front of the house when we got too close on our walk... 


This little guy ran from me and then decided to come back and have a better look... 


I had a great recipe to try tonight but I am exhausted. I was surprised at how much the bronchitis knocked Kevin out but now I know why, it's difficult to breath and get air properly. Mine is not as bad as his, so I'm hoping if I'm careful I'll knock it out. We never get sick in the spring, so we are both shocked this is round two for both of us!
 
It's wonderful to see the forest alive again with animals, and new flowers everyday. I look forward to walking everyday to see what else has shown up.

For now I'm going to rest with the dogs for a bit. By the looks of it, Norman is already waiting. 

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Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Monday, April 18, 2011

Today's walk and other pictures

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It's been cold and rainy the past three days, so today was a bit of a relief even though it was cold. The animals had a much nicer time outside today than they did yesterday.



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Buckwheat enjoying some hay

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Bo enjoying some play!

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Izzie giving Bo a kiss

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One of Bucket's doelings, she is so sweet!



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Bucket's other doeling who I couldn't get far enough away from to get a good picture!

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Butternut's cute little guy! I think this is the first picture of him on the blog. He's as big as Bo and he's over a week younger!

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Bean wants you to see how cute her little guy is, he is also Bo's best buddy in the barn to play with

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He's got such a cute face.

This is what it looked like yesterday outside:
It rained. It hailed. It snowed. It rained. It hailed. And so on.
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Later this afternoon some blue sky peaked out and the wind was down. I took it as good reason to go for a walk with some of the boys. So Bo came down from the barn with me to the house to get Norman and Douglas for a walk. Bo has been to the house several times since his move to the barn. He walks right up the steps, comes inside and it's like he never left.

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Here I come!

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 The dogs were excited to see him and no one would stand still!

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Off we go!
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Bo really enjoying the leaf he just ate! 
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Looking for another good one.

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 This ones not bad either....
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wait up!
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Norman checking out the culvert
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Douglas looking like a French bulldog with his ears up 
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Douglas wonders why Bo is eating leaves, they don't taste very good!
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Bo with a big leaf
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I learned something today. Douglas is half squirrel. He was digging in the ground and I wondered what for... acorns apparently! He dug up four. And they were not lying on the ground, they were buried!
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Doug with his treasure
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Doug trying to EAT his treasure with me yelling "drop it!" which he did. He knows that command very well since he's like a toddler and likes to put things in his mouth
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Where to next?
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Playing with leaves, I love this picture
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Seeing if I have any milk for him maybe...
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Norman checking to see if Bo got a cookie and he didn't...
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Doug was trying to pull this "stick" out of the ground! 
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He couldn't manage it so I got him a better one
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He loves his sticks
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What? what is it?
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hmmm should I go in there?
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Nope!
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I think I once had a nice swim here...  a little cold today
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I think they were looking at their reflections...
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enough of that!
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Heading home
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Brief stop for a quick dog fight (a play one of course)
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This chipmunk came out to see what all the fuss was about

 After the dogs came inside for their supper, Bo and I headed back up to the barn....

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Before I wander off to find out what to make for dinner, and to have a drink on the porch with the dogs since the sun has come out for a few moments, here are some pictures of a hike Kevin and I took a few days ago, before the snowy rainy weather.

 We actually found flowers! The first wild ones that have shown up in the forest.

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And I found several new spots full of Strawberry plants. I'll have to watch this place like a hawk this summer for berries. I have several "hot spots" to keep an eye on. Of course everyone else in the forest will be keeping an eye on the same spots! But maybe I'll get a little bit.

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Chunks of Quartz...we have lots of it here, and Mica. We even have holes where the old people were mining for it at one time.

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This guy was trying to hide from me...

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and while I was taking pictures, I looked higher up in the tree and saw there was another one there!

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There were little fishes down at the dam...

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Here is what Kevin's poor road looks like thanks to the beaver, and the fact the tractor was gone for a few days this week getting some welding done...
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Last but not least, we had a strange visitor to our pond at the house the other day. He's never been here before and I'm not sure who he is.


Off to enjoy the late afternoon sunshine (although the wind is freezing) in my coat and hat with the dogs for a few minutes. Gotta take what you can get right now!

Please visit our friends at the Homestead Barnhop today!





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