On the twelfth day of Christmas . . .

January 6, 2011

Here we are, on Epiphany and the 12th day of Christmas. 
What did our true love out here in the country send to us today? 

On the twelfth day of Christmas my true love sent to me . . .

The Twelfth Day of Christmas

.Twelve peacocks prancing. . .
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The Eleventh Day of Christmas

Eleven roosters crowing,
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The Tenth Day of Christmas

Ten squirrels leaping,
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picture of little girl ballerinas

The Ninth Day of Christmas

Nine grandkids dancing,
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The Eighth Day of Christmas

Eight maids a-cleaning,

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picture of spotted garden eels
The Seventh Day of Christmas

Seven EELS a-peeking,
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picture of guinea birds
The Sixth Day of Christmas.

Six Guineas Preening,

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5 Canning Rings!
The Fifth Day of Christmas

Five canning rings!

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picture of baby birds dressed up for christmas
The Fourth Day of Christmas

Four Calling Birds,

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picture of ewes with hats
The Third Day of Christmas

Three Fat Sheep,
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picture of two llamas
The Second Day of Christmas

Two Spitting Llamas,
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picture of parrot with santa hat
The first day of Christmas!

… And a Parrot on a Fairrryyyyy!.

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New (Country) Style, cost of 12 peacocks prancing: $1,500.00 

Old (Classic) Style, cost of 12 drummers drumming: $4,800.00 

 
Here on the farm we enjoy watching our peacocks dance and drum on the ground for the lady peahens.  And they rattle their feathers until it sounds like maracas.  You can hear it in this video right at the beginning, and again  towards the middle:
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It takes a couple of years before a peacock has big enough tailfeathers to make much of an impression on the ladies.  So for our prancing peacocks, we need to buy adults, not chicks.  I found some for sale at Legg’s Peafowl Farm for $125 each.  We need 12, so that’s 12 x $125 = $1,500.00 total. 

As for the drummers, once again I went to Gigmasters.com and looked for the appropriate performer.  The drummers are listed under “Percussionists” and I was surprised to see how many there are.  I was afraid it would be difficult to find solo drummers, but there are many Caribbean Steel Drummers.  

Checking prices, I found to hire a steel drummer for a Christmas party costs $400, so for 12 of them it’s 12 x $400 = $4,800.00 total. 

Here’s a rundown of the costs for the entire 12 days: 
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Day Old Song Style Cost New Country Style Cost
1  partridge in pear tree $  53.00  Parrot on a fairy $ 820.00
2  2 turtle doves $380.00  2 spitting llamas $400.00
3  3 French hens $  30.00  3 fat sheep $750.00
4  4 calling birds $   0.00  4 calling birds $   0.00
5  5 gold rings $1,070.00  5 canning rings $   1.70
6  6 geese a-laying $  52.74  6 guineas preening $  28.20
7  7 swans a-swimming $7,000.00  7 eels a-peeking $  49.99
8  8 maids a-milking $2,240.00  8 maids a-cleaning $600.00
9  9 ladies dancing $1,800.00  9 grandkids dancing $3,996.00
10  10 lords a-leaping $  98.00  10 squirrels leaping $   0.00
11  11 pipers piping $3,300.00  11 roosters crowing $  55.00
12  12 drummers drumming $4,800.00  12 peacocks prancing $1,500.00
  GRAND TOTAL OLD STYLE = $20,823.74 GRAND TOTAL NEW STYLE = $8,200.89

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No doubt about it, the old style of doing things spoken of in “The Twelve Days of Christmas” song is much more expensive than my new country style of things my true love has actually bought me here on the farm (just not so many of each item!).

So next year at Christmas time, you can tell your true love if you want the classic or the new country style gifts for 12 days!

I think I’ll stick with a country Christmas.

On the eleventh day of Christmas. . .

January 5, 2011

Here we are at the eleventh day of Christmas, and according to the church calendar, this actually *is* the eleventh day.  So, where are we in the song?

On the eleventh day of Christmas my true love sent to me. . .

The Eleventh Day of Christmas

Eleven roosters crowing!
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The Tenth Day of Christmas

 
Ten squirrels leaping,
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picture of little girl ballerinas

The Ninth Day of Christmas

Nine grandkids dancing,
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The Eighth Day of Christmas

Eight maids a-cleaning,

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picture of spotted garden eels
The Seventh Day of Christmas

Seven EELS a-peeking,
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picture of guinea birds
The Sixth Day of Christmas.

Six Guineas Preening,

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5 Canning Rings!
The Fifth Day of Christmas

Five canning rings!

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picture of baby birds dressed up for christmas
The Fourth Day of Christmas

Four Calling Birds,

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picture of ewes with hats
The Third Day of Christmas

Three Fat Sheep,
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picture of two llamas
The Second Day of Christmas

Two Spitting Llamas,
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picture of parrot with santa hat
The first day of Christmas!

… And a Parrot on a Fairrryyyyy!.

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New (Country) Style, cost of 11 roosters crowing: $55.00

Old (Classic) Style, cost of 11 pipers piping: $3,300.00

 

.Well, what’s a farm and a new country Christmas without roosters crowing?

I’ve seen roosters for sale in our local paper for $5 each.  I don’t know if anyone actually BUYS them at that price, but we’ll use it anyway.  So for 11 roosters at $5 each, that’s $55 for the bunch.

Now eleven pipers piping.  What else are you going to pipe but the bagpipes?

And if I’m listening to bagpipes, my absolute favorite is a good rendition of “Amazing Grace.”
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That’ll bring a tear to my eye every time.
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Once again I checked on Gigmasters.com, and it was $300 to have a champion piper play the bagpipes for a wedding or other event.
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Well, we need eleven of them, so guess that’s $3,300.00 for the pipers.
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Total to date:
New Style – $6,700.89
Classic Style – $16,023.74

The old way of doing things is still more expensive than the new country Christmas.  Tomorrow is the last day, so we’ll see how it all ends up! 

On the tenth day of Christmas . . .

January 4, 2011

On the tenth day of Christmas my true love sent to me . . .

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Ten squirrels leaping,

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picture of little girl ballerinas

The Ninth Day of Christmas

Nine grandkids dancing,
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The Eighth Day of Christmas

Eight maids a-cleaning,

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picture of spotted garden eels
The Seventh Day of Christmas

Seven EELS a-peeking,
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picture of guinea birds
The Sixth Day of Christmas.

Six Guineas Preening,

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5 Canning Rings!
The Fifth Day of Christmas

Five canning rings!

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picture of baby birds dressed up for christmas
The Fourth Day of Christmas

Four Calling Birds,

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picture of ewes with hats
The Third Day of Christmas

Three Fat Sheep,
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picture of two llamas
The Second Day of Christmas

Two Spitting Llamas,
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picture of parrot with santa hat
The first day of Christmas!

… And a Parrot on a Fairrryyyyy!.

New Style, cost of 10 squirrels leaping: $0.00

Old (Classic) Style, cost of 10 Lords a-leaping: $98.00

 
.Squirrels.  We have lots of them.  They are leaping all over the yard.  Off the fences.  Through the trees.  On the roof.

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Squirrels are abundant.  No cost there. 

However, the ten lords a-leaping is another matter.  Where would you see lords a-leaping…. I thought about it a while.  Where to see lords a-leaping??
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Aha!  Riverdance!
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Tickets to see a performance of Riverdance in Mobile, Alabama, were $98.  And if they do this one:
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Well, there are TEN lords a-leaping. (Hey, besides a lot of tapping, they did some leaping there at the end!)
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So that takes care of the 10 Lords a-leaping!
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Total to date:
New Style – $6,645.89
Classic Style – $12,723.74

Classic Style is still almost twice what it is for the Country Style, or new way of doing “The Twelve Days of Christmas”.

Merry Christmas!

December 25, 2010

We’re taking a break from our regularly scheduled “days of Christmas” to wish you a very Merry Christmas!

So, from everybody here at the farm:

Pictured top left to right: Baby (African Grey), The Cave Geek, The Farmer, Rural Writer, Keira the llama, and Neffie the Maremma Sheep Dog
Middle: Cinnamon the goat, and Toby the Farm Collie
Bottom: Spot the Cat, our 3 Shetland sheep retired ewes, and a bunch of chickens, guineas & peacocks!

On the fifth day of Christmas. . .

December 23, 2010

On the fifth day of Christmas my true love sent to me . . .

5 Canning Rings!

Five canning rings!
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picture of baby birds dressed up for christmas

The Fourth Day of Christmas

Four calling birds,
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picture of ewes with hats

The Third Day of Christmas

Three fat sheep,
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picture of two llamas

The Second Day of Christmas

Two spitting llamas,
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picture of parrot with santa hat

The first day of Christmas!

… And a Parrot on a Fairrryyyyy!
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New Style, cost of 5 Canning Rings: $1.70

Old (Classic) Style, cost of 5 Gold Rings: $1,070.00

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That’s for wide-mouth canning rings and lids… hey, it’s Christmas.  Time to splurge!

And speaking of splurging, how about those gold rings?  Actually, I picked middle of the road, with 14K Yellow Gold Men’s & Women’s Wedding Bands 5mm light half round from Amazon.

They cost $214 each, not including any shipping costs.

So today we added an extra zero in the number for the Classic Style, and for the first time, it costs more for the Classic Christmas than a New Style one.  However, the total is still more for New Style.

Total to date:
New Style – $1,971.70
Classic Style – $1.533.00

Stay tuned to see which one ends up being the most expensive overall!