November 13, 2014 Farm News

The garden on a bleak looking Wednesday November 12 mid afternoon.  Compare to photos of the same spot in recent past posts.

The garden on a bleak looking Wednesday November 12 mid afternoon. Compare to photos of the same spot in recent past posts.

Another week gone by.  A lot done but  a whole lot more needs doing still.   The chicken house is progressing very slowly, taking a whole lot longer than we had anticipated, but then most of our projects take longer than we think they will.  The problem here has been that many extra pieces had to be added to the structure for reinforcing and we are using reclaimed lumber scrounged from where ever I can scrounge it.  The only thing that we have had to buy has been the nails and  a few screws,  A lot of time is spent out and about getting the lumber and more time is spent sorting through the lumber pile trying to find pieces with the right dimensions and the minimum amount of damage etc.  Often too we have to spend a lot of time trying to figure out how to adapt the structure to the wood that we have available.  That causes a lot of head scratching and frequent return trips to once again sort through the wood pile. There have a been a couple of days when the temperature has been very cold, down around 5 or lower, and that makes things difficult too.  My hands don’t work so well in the cold anymore.  And then it has been wet. But all that is alright , we will get it all done soon enough and wonder what we were concerned about.

Three horses and sheep on a hill.

Three horses and sheep on a hill.

Our cute little colt Leucan with his mother and he is not so little any more.

Our cute little colt Leucan with his mother and he is not so little any more.

The weather though has, on average, been very good.  The sheep, cows and horses have been out on pasture again with only a small amount of supplemental hay.  There will be more than enough moisture going in to the soil to keep our underground aquifers full to the brim, wherever that is.  Much better than a dry fall for sure.

The Swiss Chard is looking surprisingly good after several moderate frosts.  But after each frost more leaves get quite droopy.

The Swiss Chard is looking surprisingly good after several moderate frosts. But after each frost more leaves get quite droopy.

We still have a few things growing in the garden; Kale, even some Swiss Chard, Turnips, some greens, Rapini and a few other things. Quantities though, except for Kale, are rather low.

A fuzzy little blue Silkie hen.  The seven Silkie hens are giving us about one egg every day

A fuzzy little blue Silkie hen. The seven Silkie hens are giving us about one egg every day

The blue Silkie hen with a Barnevelder hen showing just how much smaller Silkies are and the Barnevelder is itself only a medium sized hen.  Silkies are not considered bantams.

The blue Silkie hen with a Barnevelder hen showing just how much smaller Silkies are and the Barnevelder is itself only a medium sized hen. Silkies are not considered bantams.

Three roosters. The feller at the left, front, is a Welsumer. The guy on the right is a Black Copper Marans and the guy in behind I'm not sure of but think that probably he too is a Marans. Grouchy looking characters aren't they.

Three roosters. The feller at the left, front, is a Welsumer. The guy on the right is a Black Copper Marans and the guy in behind I’m not sure of but think that probably he too is a Marans. Grouchy looking characters aren’t they.

The lane way surprisingly has been holding up well.  One spot has gotten a little muddy a few times but since we have not had any lasting freeze up yet, the frequent rain has been able to soak into the ground and not stay at the surface.  All of the photos were taken on Wednesday, November 12.

 

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