The Farmer & Friends

March 12, 2013

This past weekend The Farmer was out doing chores.  Whenever he stops to rest, he gets company.  Usually it’s our farm collie, Toby, bugging him for a pet.  Lately, however, the neighbor’s dog has gotten in on the act.

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Trimming The Honeysuckle

February 24, 2012

At the end of the gardening season, The Farmer opens the gate between the garden and pasture so the animals can go in and graze on anything they want to.  That’s fine when it comes to leftover veggies or weeds, but I have a few things planted along the fence between the garden and front yard.  One of those things is a Alabama Crimson Tide Honeysuckle vine.  Here’s a picture taken when it was in bloom one spring.

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Friday’s Farm Fotos

April 8, 2011

Another week has slipped right by.  Spring is in residence most of the time, although old man winter rousts her out now and then for a light frost or some nippy weather.  But flowers are blooming and birds are nesting and the peacocks are screaming, so it must really be spring!

I saw the first iris blooming in the flowerbed around a big oak tree in our front yard. . .

picture of iris

And the Solomon Seal is starting to put out little dainty bells of bloom . . .

picture of solomon's seal

The Farmer saw some of the pond denizens out enjoying the warmer weather . . .

picture of water turtle

Turtle at the edge of our pond.

The frogs are also hopping all over the place.  I guess they’re just hoppy!

picture of frog in water

A Frog peeking at The Farmer

Another day I saw a bunch of the chickens congregating in the evening.  I’m not sure if it was a chicken conversation or a conversation of chickens.

picture of chickens

Hen Party

It’s not exactly a hen party, because too many roosters are attending this event.

They’re not the only ones who hand out together. Here’s a line-up of the happy hoofers. . .

picture of animals in field

ewe, ewe, llama, ewe, goat. . .

And now I must get back to work.  I am determined to finish up this book project!

Midnight Southern Snowstorm

January 10, 2011

It’s midnight here in the south, and the snow is falling thick and heavy.

picture of snow falling at night

Midnight Snowfall

As you can see here, the snowflakes are fat and there are LOTS of them!

picture of snow at night

Snowflakes at Midnight

Toby the Tough doesn’t mind a little snow and runs around all over the place.  Where I go, he goes.

picture of dog in snowstorm

Toby braving the snow!

I tried shining a flashlight on The Farmer’s tractor to get a picture of all the snow piling up on it.

picture of tractor in snow at night

Allis Chalmers with a blanket of snow.

The snow is piling up fast, and the ramp to the work shed is buried in snow.

picture of snow on ramp

Lots of snow!

I was out checking on the animals.  I wanted to be sure everyone was in their proper place.  They weren’t.  The goat had pushed her way through a gate and went into the sheep shed.  Now there is plenty of room for 1 goat and 3 sheep in this shed, but there’s just one problem.  The ornery goat stands in the doorway and won’t let the sheep in.  So I had to chase her back into the pen with the llama.

picture goat and llama

Getting tucked in for the night.

If she would just go up into the corner of the pen, she could be snug and dry.  Of course, the little rascal caused the sheep to be covered in snow because they were standing out in the snowstorm.

picture of snowy sheep at night

Snowy Ewes

At least they can spend the rest of the night in the shed and not become abominable snow ewes from being outside all night!

The chickens are smart and roost in the middle of the shed.

picture of chickens roosting in shed

Snug and safe for the night.

The guineas get in the mix too, and get in out of the snow…. some of them anyway.  Others choose to stay in a tree, even though there are plenty of places they could be in out of the weather.  Others roost along the outer parts of the sheep shed.

picture of sheep, chickens and guineas at night

Guineas looking for shelter.

I’ve done all I can to make sure everyone is snug and sheltered from the snow.  Now I think I’ll go to bed myself.  It should be interesting to see how much snow there is tomorrow morning!  Many pundits around here are styling this SNOWMAGEDDON in the SOUTH!

On the third day of Christmas. . .

December 21, 2010

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

picture of ewes with hats

The Third Day of Christmas

Three fat sheep!
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picture of two llamas

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 3 Shetland Sheep (average price): $750

Old (Classic) Style, cost of 3 French Hens: $30

New style still more expensive!

But about those French Hens. There is some debate to what they are. For the purpose of deciding on cost, I went with this interpretation:

A French Hen is a Turkey. In Gaelic the Turkey is called Cearc-Fhrangach (literally, French Hen). Turkeys were very popular among the French nobility as early as the mid 16th century as they were much more tasty and tender than than the other large feast birds eaten at that time such as cormorant, heron peacock, and swan.

So I got the price for heritage turkey poults and went from there.

Total to date:
New Style – $1,970
Classic Style – $463

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