Painting with Paula




Paula stained all the decks and all the railings on the big house (and there are a LOT of decks and railings on this place). Her friend Wendy helped her, and I am thankful that I did not have to touch a brush! 16 gallons of stain (and counting – she’s not quite done yet).

Busy Week




We’re building a new herb garden on the west lawn. I was trying to come up with a way to use some old cement blocks Ryan had and this was the outcome. Tomorrow we’ll get some pics with the plants in – it looks way cooler with stuff planted.

June Farm Pix

Mr Loppy trying to escape.

The other 4 bunnies.

The big chickens enjoying the orchard run.

The baby chicks are getting big.

And there are a lot of them. 🙂

Things are growing

Nothing much new but it’s been a while…the garden is in and growing…some stuff looks like it could use a bit of help so we will fertilize this week. Our soil tends to be low in phosphorus.
Chicks are moved to the big coop and we lost one in the transition but the others look much healthier and are growing nicely. Hens are still producing like crazy.

Last evening we picked our first few strawberries. We netted the blueberries and strawberries and put straw around them. The grapes are setting new leaves…we are thankful that the frost didn’t entirely kill them.

The steers have stayed in…we are thankful for that too. This weekend we will finish planting the garden and work on moving the herbs and flowers.

Chickens, Garden, flowers today

Today I’m cleaning the big chicken coop and moving the chicks from the garage to the coop. Also continuing work on the garden – hopefully we’ll plant it today.

A couple of Poppies bloomed and I think some of the Peonies will open today. I’ll post pics if able.

Last night’s Truth Project tour was “God and man”. Very interesting. I’m really enjoying the series. I wish now I’d taken the training when they offered it and got a copy of the DVD series for myself.

Cow got out – AGAIN

I called in “late” to work. I’ll go walk the fence, check the charger, and kill the cow if I can catch it.

LOTS of work this weekend …




Saturday we got more rows into the garden – moved 2 1/2 tons of dirt!

Sunday was church and home group, both of which were pretty good, and a 10 mile bike trip.

Today’s goal was to move the laying hens from the big coop to the little coop to make room for the meat chickens in the big coop.

In order for that to happen we had to put up about 300 feet of chicken fence, build a gate, nest boxes, roosts, etc.

We managed to get it all done just as it was getting dark.

The laying hens are now in their new “digs”. We’ll see how effective the new fence is tomorrow when we let them out.

Chicken coop ready for chickens

We couldn’t get the boards to finish it completely so using what we had I filled the rest with chicken wire. It will provide ventilation on these 90 degree days we have been having. The ground slopes so much I had to make a ramp up to the door. Turned out ok for a $100 chicken coop.




Brief Update


New chicken coop continues… new chickens arrive Thursday or Friday! We are just 6 1x8x8’s short to finish it. Waiting on Joe to make them.

Company coming Tuesday through Friday.

Transplanted seedlings yesterday; lost grape vines, some strawberries, and many flowers to hard frost last night. Bummer. We always seem to plant too early.

Homegroup “met” at the Chinese restaurant after church on Sunday, then ended up informally continuing at our house after all. The weekend was good.

Another Day on the Farm

It was another busy but productive day on the farm ….

We launched into the garden, and gramma gave lessons …

… then enlisted her willing helpers to get the seeds planted

The result was a beautiful raised bed plot which really didn’t seem to take nearly as much effort as I was afraid it would.



We also started some new grapes, transplanted over 80 strawberries, added two new blueberry bushes to the blueberry row …..


… cleaned the chicken coop, and still managed to squeeze in a “date” by zooming downtown for a couple hours to see May Mart, have lunch at the Frenchcreek Cafe, and visit with a few family members.

Busy but productive day at Big Oak Ridge!