More Time In Tents

Here are a few photos from our last two camp outs, which were both back in July. I also forgot to mention that some of the photos (from these recent camping trips) were taken by struggling_along, including these gorgeous ones from up top the nearby mountains, and of course, the ones with me in them!

More recently we have been working on the home front so expect a post on the garden, the animals, etc. soon.

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Winter Around the Homestead

Snow, snow and more snow! This is what it’s looking like around here:

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I believe Manson’s expression sums up!

DSCN9190On the bright side the huge snow banks provide plenty of fun for the little guys. All that climbing, digging, sliding down. And taking a hike is quite the undertaking. Only Struggling_along, Noah and Megan have made it up into the woods – and that required snowshoes. They reported back that there’s easily 3 feet deep of snow back there.

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This isn’t Ishi’s first winter but this year he’s old enough to explore what this winter season and snow is all about.

DSCN9171He’s been quite the helper; joining me everyday (well except for those -10 below days) to go and feed and water the animals. I believe the chickens are his favorite. Likely because they’re not very bright birds and we have no roosters right now so they’ll squat there and they’re easy to pick up (or if you’re a pig – eat. And that’s why we have 6 chickens left).

DSCN8626The chickens are back to laying well though – 5 or 6 eggs a day.

DSCN9084The pigs (Mercedes and Lexus) have taken up camper remodeling and have thus far striped a large part of their section; after all that hard work they enjoy a fresh chicken. Chevy hangs out in his dog shed full of hay but readily comes out for a scratch and some scraps.

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DSCN8731I make many trips like this. Ah the days of hoses, grass and not spending a half hour putting on layers will soon be here (relatively speaking).

DSCN9071I’m thinking more and more that Manson did his job and Ellie will be kidding this spring! Milk again! Rita isn’t pregnant as Lenin has continued to nurse. He’s getting quite big and has beautiful colors as Rita is 3/4 Oberhasli and has color variations too.

I have to feed Manson separately or he’ll just ram everyone else away and eat it all himself.

DSCN9059Since the goats can be a little pushy before they get their grain I have Ishmael wait a second before we water and hay the goats. He just loves this part because he gets to sit and pretend to steer.

DSCN9199Winter around the homestead also means a lot of snow removal. Thank goodness for Struggling_along! He works the snow plow and shovels bits by hand.

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Chevy “It’s exciting”

Over the weekend another farm animal has joined the ranks of Fried Farm! It’s always exciting so perhaps it’s especially fitting that this little boar is named Chevy  (in case you don’t know “It’s exciting” was the Chevy slogan during the 1960’s); this also continues the new pig naming theme of automobile brands. Last time around we had a Mexican theme: Sanchez (the previous red boar), Rosalie (our sow), and Carlita and Juanita (who went straight to the freezer).

So without further ado meet Chevy:

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DSCN8338He’ll be our new boar. He’s quite a nice friendly pig which is a good start since there will likely be a day we have to coax Chevy, at  500lbs, into doing something he’s not too inclined to do. How do I know? It’s been “tried,tested and [it’s] true”.

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We’re Here!

We’re here! On our new farm!

Ah Vermont, I had forgotten how much I love your green mountains!

View from the back porch

So what’s going on now that we’re here? Well if you pulled into our driveway (you can’t miss it just look for the HUGE old barn) you’d likely be greeted by a child (or two or three) and a dog coming to see if you’ve got anything good. The goats are ever hopeful too.

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The boys will excitedly tell you (after showing you how fast they can run/ far they can jump etc.) that we have a new baby goat. Our new farm’s first birth! So, of course we’ll have to show you just how cute he his and give them all a few handfuls of freshly picked grass to munch on.

One day old.

Then the boys will want you to admire the Freds. They certainly have grown a lot. All of our chickens, despite the fact they are ALL hens, are named Fred. The older two boys will likely catch a Fred (or at least chase the Freds around) which take us back out toward the hayfield.

The hayfield will lead a)to an invitation to play soccer, b)an invitation to check out the chicken campa, c) an invitation to make the rounds and check on all the apple trees and pick some blackberries and/or d) let’s chase some turkeys.

It’s sure to be a long busy day but at the end of it – it’s good to be home.

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New Additions

When we moved to Vermont we had to reduce the number of animals we needed to house. So off went the pigs, 3 of the goats, all of the chickens and a few of the rabbits.  But we still had to pick up the chicks we had ordered earlier in the year. And aren’t they loved!

I can’t even count the number of times a day we rush out to check on the chicks! And of course everyone needs to hold one. They’re certainly well cared for!

I can’t wait till they start laying.

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One Morning In Maine

                                  It was a gorgeous morning so we ventured out for a little walk.                                   In spots it was rather muddy,

and it was so sunny it felt like spring. (Except when the wind blew.)

                       Tex (the goat) came running up-as he does every morning- and proceeded to run about in a very dog like fashion.

Noah came down and we checked in on the rabbits, giving them some treats.

(This photo makes me think of Beatrix Potter’s Flopsy Bunnies.)

I was excited to find some eggs and some thyme growing.

And Noah was excited to find a bone with teeth in it.

We headed back in- grabbing some firewood-

to refuel with hot cocoa and some scrambled eggs and bacon (and maybe do some clomping about pretending to be dinosaurs) before heading back out and finishing up our chores.

Thanks for coming along!

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