December – What is Santa bringing?

We were away for a week or so visiting family over Thanksgiving, but apparently Santa was busy at the farm.  He left sleigh tracks back and forth on the front yard.  I think his reindeer were practicing their take-offs and landings.  But the curious thing is that Santa seems to have delivered a load of pine boards.  I wonder what he’s building us for Christmas?!?

Santa’s sleigh must have been really busy brining our Christmas present.
I hope Santa is building us something nice.

But that isn’t the only strange happening here on the farm. This was my view out the window this morning.  I guess Pono (the horse) was standing on Peter’s back (the goat), who was standing on the picnic table – all to get a better view of what Santa is building!

Strange happenings on the farm.



June – The Ugly vs. The Beautiful

You never know what you’re going to find on this farm.  Sometimes it’s a pleasant surprise — something beautiful, or something useful – or maybe even both.  Sometimes, it’s disgusting, useless debris.  We’ve found some of both lately.

In anticipation of getting our goats, Heidi and Peter, we cleaned up a part of the pasture that is overgrown with brambles and shrubs.  Under the brambles we found some old construction debris – broken toilets, scrap metal and junk.  We worked most of the day pulling the stuff out and smoothing out the dirt so that it wouldn’t be dangerous for the goats.  Just as Chris thought we were done for the day, I saw a piece of ugly, green shag carpet sticking out of the dirt no bigger than a carpet square.  Four hundred and fifty pounds later, we had the back of the truck bed full of dirty, stinking, rotten carpet that necessitated a trip to the county dump.  Oh, and an old sewing machine that popped out with the carpet.

But, it was the same week that the violets were blooming all over the lawn – really beautiful, deep purple violets.  I picked a colander full, put them in jars with some white vinegar and created a violet flavored, slightly pink vinegar that has been a great dressing (with a little olive oil) on our home grown lettuce.

So you never know around here – dirty, stinky carpet or beautiful, purple violets.  It’s just another day around here.

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A lot of junk in the pasture
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More than we expected to dig up
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And a sewing machine
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We needed the front end loader to move 450 pounds of carpet to the pick-up truck
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The violets were much prettier than the rotten carpet
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A nice harvest
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After steeping in white vinegar it took on a beautiful pink hue