Posted on August 27, 2014 by Becky
Something cheerier for this post, and an attempt to catch up.
4H beef club achievement days in late May; the kids each did well with all of their animals (the boys each had a steer and a heifer; Laura had a steer, heifer, and cow-calf pair), and Laura also received her platinum award for diary points. Davy, at left, and Daniel at right, with their animals,
In June, we had to do some fencing at our far pasture before we could move the cattle in; since we were there for hours at a time, cookouts were an easy way to have meals in the field:
The shelterbelt lilacs in the field where we’re building the new house were beautiful this year with lots of blooms and lots of growth, thanks to heavy spring rains:
In late July, I had a pile of leftover grated cabbage, intended for coleslaw (a meal I catered at the country fair), so I turned it into sauerkraut, in my mother-in-law’s old 10-gallon crock:
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Posted on April 9, 2014 by Becky
Preparing to install the first window in the new house, fittingly in the tower (all photos by second son),
And it’s in,
The tower has six windows, one of which will be operable; the east wall of the living room (the photo just above is facing east) will have window near the tower, so with both of those open we’ll be able to have nice cross breezes from Spring through Fall.
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Posted on April 3, 2014 by Becky
Tom (at right) and crew (including older son, at left) started building the tower today. And the windows arrived earlier this week.
Photos by younger son,
Using the invaluable telehandler,
A few shots I took this evening,
Inside the tower,
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Posted on March 20, 2014 by Becky
Spring arrived with a cold snap, heavy winds, and the possibility of snow. The overnight temp is forecasted to be -20C, with a wind chill of -30. Not ideal for calving, especially since we had three calves last night and one this morning. Tom and the kids spent part of the moving calf sheds into the pens for extra shelter.
One of my amaryllises from two years ago started sending up a flower stalk, and began blooming over the weekend (ignore the brown on the edge of one of the petals). Right around the same time I picked up these tulips at the florist shop in town, and they’re still hanging on.
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Posted on March 18, 2014 by Becky
I haven’t had a camera for a few years — Laura started borrowing mine and then just absorbed it. When I wanted a picture of something, I’ve had to borrow a camera from the kids, or ask them to take a picture for me. I noticed that Best Buy had a little Canon Powershot A1400 on sale for $70, and it has good reviews at Amazon. The viewfinder was a nice surprise, because I sometimes have difficulty seeing the LCD display outdoors in bright sun.
I went out the other evening, just before sunset, to take some pictures to give it a whirl.
One of the many welcome puddles at the corrals,
In addition to the portable windbreaks, we also got some portable fence panels which are very handy,
The base of the portable panel,
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Posted on March 16, 2014 by Becky
We have a floor, and wall construction is beginning. We also have warmer temperatures (a difference of about 40 degrees in less than week), much appreciated by us and all the animals, especially the cows who’ve started calving.
The new floor; the hole in the floor at left is for the staircase, the bump out at right is the windowed dining room (all photos by son #2),
Standing in the dining room, with the kitchen at left and staircase ahead,
Making the floor for the tower,
Making a wall,
One of the oddest — and cutest — looking calves I’ve seen in 20 years,
A baby hiding in the straw,
Our new portable windbreaks, with initial construction at a nearby Hutterite colony, with final welding by the kids,
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Posted on June 9, 2013 by Becky
Laura took these for me the other day. The lilacs are finally in bloom.
I checked some old posts and was surprised to realize most of these we planted seven years ago, in May 2006; I wrote then that “Most of the little saplings don’t look like much, especially the lilac, larch, and chokecherries, which resemble nothing more than twigs stuck in the ground.” Some of the lilacs, and all of the larch, tower over us now, but the lilacs are covered with blossoms, so I can get to them easily with my snips.
You could give me any plant in the world, but the two to which I have the most visceral reaction, the two which say spring to me, are tulips and lilacs. Though clematis is now up there too, one of the first plants to bloom in the garden, especially with the success of Clematis “Blue Bird” (a Canadian hybrid), which I rescued from a Canadian Tire last year mid-summer and which is doing very well, and quite pretty.
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