Monday, November 28, 2016

Homestead Update 11/28/16

We've been a little busy, if my absence has been any indication.

It's taken me forever to complete this blog post, because there is so much going on!

It's been three weeks since we moved, and the work is far from over......

.......moving, unpacking, installing, fixing, moving some more, unpacking some more, and then animal chores thrown in the mix ......

It wouldn't be such a pain-staking process if weren't so concerned about bringing brown recluse spiders with us.

We disassembled and moved the old rabbit shed last week, and it will be re-built as a goat barn this winter, once we decide where they are going to go.

They still reside in the garden, and have the run of the farm during the day. They get to range over a wide area of lawn and woods to forage.

Cinnamon finally found the downed walnut, and makes frequent climbs to the top.

We bought some straw and have been raking over the torn up ground where the septic was installed and spreading the straw it over it.

A friend gave us some bags of native plant seeds that we scattered over the hillside.

Hopefully we will have rain sometime soon. We are currently in a severe drought, and fire bans have been instituted over most of our state. Mark is on the wild land fire team, and will be on call this weekend. Let's pray for rain!

The new rabbitry is working out great.

This was before we hung all of the cages.
I love all of the space, and that everything is right there and so accessible. We don't have the electricity set up in the barn yet, but we do have an extension cord and a work light so I can work in there after dark.

All of the bunnies are doing well. The 3 November litters are going on 3 weeks old now, and painfully cute.

Neither Sumac nor Lobelia had anything to contribute despite both of them being due on the 10th. Sumac didn't take (at least I'm assuming, since she's on day 38 and still using her nest box as a comfy couch) and Lobelia lost her two babies.

I re-bred both of them immediately, so hopefully we'll have some December babies. Sumac has likely gotten too fat. I'll keep trying to trim her down, but she may be past the point of no return.

The dogs are enjoying life out here, but they are tricky to manage without our fences up. Even though my parents' property is fenced, most of our dogs are adept escape artists, so they've been making trips into the countryside.

It wouldn't normally be a huge deal, but deer season has begun and there are known dog shooters out here.

Most people would say our place is "out in the middle of nowhere," but there are plenty of neighbors around. The park house was truly in the middle of nowhere, surrounded by thousands of acres of wilderness. We will miss the seclusion, but not the traffic during busy days.

We haven't had much time to get out and enjoy our property, but we LOVE the house!

It feels so great to live here after so many months of hard, hard work, ups and downs and difficult decisions.

The tweaking and odd jobs will continue for some time, but we can work on them as we go.

I'm looking forward to the holidays more, now that I actually have a nice space to fix up and have people over.

We also finally have internet, so it will be far easier for me to keep things updated (in theory, anyhow).

I have also found my special spot in the house.

At the park house, it was in the recliner by the picture window. It was a great place to look out and watch birds and see the changing scenery.

My new spot isn't too shabby, either....

.... A picture window would have been nice, but the view is still lovely. We arranged the couch so that the chaise is next to the windows, overlooking the creek and woods.

We even placed our bird feeders within view.

I would love it if our domestic birds were over here too, but until our fences go up, I will just enjoy the peace of the wild birds (and the squirrels will enjoy their peace without constant interference from the dogs).

We did finally make it up our hill yesterday, where the fall colors are still blazing. 

It's quite literally a climb to the top, but the view is quite lovely.

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