This and That

IMG_8287Rosie and Patootiebucket-fed lambsBrother 1 and Brother 2

It’s time to wean these lambs.  They’re getting big.dandelions and sheeppeppermintlambs eating hayThe lambs love their special alfalfa hay.  Every morning when I put in fresh hay for them, they quickly crowd around.colorful lambsI love seeing all these colors.Chihiro in the gardensheep and lambs on pastureThe shearers are coming June 7 & 9.  I think the ewes are ready to feel a little lighter.lilacspomeranian saddleback geesepatchesEnjoy the sun!

This week’s CSA box

crawford organics CSA vegetablesThis week’s CSA box contents:

a bunch of kale, spinach, a big head of lettuce, a bunch of cilantro, potatoes, carrots, sweet potatoes, and a bag of popcorn.

I have quite few potatoes to use up.  I saw a good recipe for potato cakes, although I know Philip will vote for mashed potatoes.  Maybe I can make both!

Good morning!

ewe flockClarinet, Maggie, 2-twelve-in, and Dog SheepGAP step 2 nursery pigsThe first bits of sun shining in the pig nursery.katahdin polypay cross lambsThese lambs (the results of an unwanted visit from the neighbor’s ram) are eager for their morning bottle.katahdin polypay cross lambsbottle-fed katahdin polypay cross lambThey are, of course, very dear.pastured 7 year old chickenkatahdin dorset cross lambskatahdin dorset cross lambssandyAnd my brother’s dog who thinks she is our dog has learned to use the cat door.FriskaHave a beautiful Easter.

This week’s CSA box

organic vegetable CSA boxThis week’s CSA contents…

a bag full of salad mix, a big bunch of spinach, 1 onion, 3 leeks, 2 celeriac roots, 6 potatoes and a bunch of carrots.

I completely forgot to take a picture of the CSA box I got 2 weeks ago.  Didn’t even think of it until most of the vegetables were eaten.  I turned the kale I got into kale chips, made a white sauce with spinach that we ate with baked potatoes and bacon, roasted the carrots, beets and parsnips with mutton cubes, and mixed the cilantro with some mayo, yogurt and cayenne pepper for a dipping sauce for chunks of smoked ham.  And the salad mix made a great salad, with chopped apples and some local feta cheese.

What happens on the weekend

thomas cat in the showerA lazy day for Thomas.  The shower has been his favorite sleeping spot this cookiesmonster cookies and friska dogI made a bunch of monster cookies and peanut butter chocolate chip cookies for the snowy week ahead.pheasant or peacock tracks in the snowresident ring-necked pheasantThis pheasant has been around since summer time.  He patrols the farm and hangs out with the chickens and peacocks.  He is quite plump, having easy access to all the chicken feed he wants.sandy and friskaSandy and Friska.apples for biscuit and bambibambi eating appleBiscuit and Bambi eating their evening apple snack.friska and sandy waitingThe dogs waiting for me to finish feeding Biscuit and Bambi their apples since the next stop is the barn and food for them.sheep abby on iceOut in the sheep pasture, Miss Abby is keeping her feet out of the mud.sheep abby on iceewe flock on pastureWith the recent thaw, the pasture has gotten a bit muddy.  Most of the girls were choosing to stand on the patches of snow left here and there, rather than in the mud.

This week’s CSA box

Crawford Organics winter CSA box week 2 This week’s CSA box contents:

a bunch of cilantro, kale, 2 small heads of lettuce, a big bunch of spinach, 6 parsnips, 2 red onions, 2 clumps of shallots, potatoes and carrots.

I have some cilantro left over from the last box, so I need to come up with a cilantro dish.  And the parsnips…maybe a soup, or roasted with mutton?

What happens on the weekend

feeding the dogs and barn catsOut to do the chores.  The barn cats and the dog(s) get fed first (Marcus’ little dog, Sandy, has learned how to beg food off me, which I easily give into).geese in the snowThe geese get their corn.  It’s a white, cold world these days.  Hasn’t been above freezing for a week now, with most nights in the single digits and a good breeze blowing during the day.ewe flock waking up in the snowewe flock waking up in the snowThe sheep are waking up, leaving sleeping sheep shapes in the snow as they get up and shake.ewe dusty in the winterAs I made my rounds in the sheep pasture, Dusty got up and almost fell over.  Her butt was swaying back and forth, so I went over to her.  I steadied her a bit, but then when I scratched her back, she straightened right up!  I was relieved and a bit confused until I figured out that when she saw me, she must have been anticipating getting that itchy spot on her back scratched.Friska sniffing in the snowFriska, snorting in the snow after a rabbit.ewe flock eating hay in the snowewe flock eating hay in the snowThen the sheep got their breakfast.Friska and SandyFriska and Sandy.wrecked ford f250Philip fell asleep on our way back from delivering our beef cattle to their new home.  I was following him with the big truck and livestock trailer when I saw him drive in the ditch a bit earlier. I called him and he said he was sleepy, but he thought he’d be ok.  Then he hit the ditch again, and I called him, but it was too late.  He crossed the road, knocked down a sign, and ran over some trash can sized boulders.  The truck was totaled and Philip had 3 broken ribs, but was released from the hospital a couple hours later.  He’s moving slow, but is mending, and the livestock trailer he was pulling is getting a new axle and a few other repairs.  I’m so thankful it wasn’t worse.