Sunday, April 29, 2007

2 yellow
12 white head/breast

Saturday, April 28, 2007

10 speckleds
1 smaller but similar

Wednesday, April 25, 2007

two of the turkey chicks didn't make it out of the waterer today. We added rocks to it to prevent future problems.

workin' the compost pile

Monday, April 23, 2007

Garden orchard

2 apples to south (different varieties unknown)
3rd: spartan apple (pink to white with red juicy appples)

2 unk pears

cherry: bing,van, royal ann

Livestock patio

the beginnings of a livestock patio with a couple bucks worth on salvaged bricks from BRING Recycling. The remaining rocks are from our neverending supply of rocks.

SW corner (just east of garden): brooks dwarf prune (yellow flesh).
Next north: chojuro asian pear semi dwarf (white flowers, greenish brown crisp fruit)

SE Corner: president dwarf prune (blue with yellowish flesh)

2nd (from the south): akane apple (semi dwf) (pink to white with crisp red juicy apples)

3rd: S.D. 20th century asian pear (white flowers with yellow green crisp fruit)

4th: apple (pink to white)

5th: pear (green sweet pear)

the spring's 2nd mow

we had to come home early to mow the lawn.

Turkeys in the yard

this is so darn cute

Sunday, April 22, 2007

j in a field of buttercups.

Monday, April 16, 2007

Sunday, April 15, 2007

Saturday, April 14, 2007

Toggy and her girls

Surogate turkey hen

4 bronze and 2 whites under last year's leftover turkey

turkey chicks under turkey

Monday, April 9, 2007

We'll butcher at 8-14 weeks, probably at 10-12 weeks.

bee's wax

9.5 ounces of pure golden bees wax.

Sunday, April 8, 2007

beeswax lip balm & hand lotion

today we made beeswax lip balm and hand lotion. Here's the notes for nex time: 9.5 ozs. weight of beeswax to 32 fl. oz. Of organic sweet almond oil. We put that into 12 1/2 oz. containers and 12 tubes (for a total of 9 ozs. of lip balm). With the remaining lip balm, we added 8 ozs. of olive oil. I added a little more essential oils (neroli & grapefruit) and put the hand lotion into 2 half pint mason jars and quart jar.

Saturday, April 7, 2007

5 gallons of grape wine

Tomato wine

Racked the wine today

5 gallons of grape wine and a little over 2 gallons of tomato wine.

checking out the tomato wine

Melting bees wax

Tuesday, April 3, 2007

London the calf

After spraying the front yard with Crossbow to kill the broadleaf weeds (using about 8 ozs of Crossbow per 3 gallons of water), we played around with the steer. After a few days of working at the office until late at night, the steer started getting a little skittish.

Sunday, April 1, 2007