Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Spring time in my back yard!

Spring time in my back yard means;

                                                            Farm fresh milk...mmm.

Oregano, chives, basil, lavender, dill, thyme, sage...

Tiny tomato plants

vining peas

tender lettuce


curious baby goats

                                                                       Ornery Mama goats

cuddly kitties

shedding winter coats

fluffy pony faces

sniffy little noses

tender little blue eyes.

Hungry chubby horeses

shaggy little ponies

irresistable little faces

pretty purple flowers

tire swings and the setting sun

pony rides

fun with friends

and meeting new furry friends

gorgeous days

life long memories

hide and seek in fields

and much much more....

A long over due update.  This is for you Esther :).  Spring time here is busy but this year I purposely made life a little less hectic.  It is just not the year for me to over do it.  Ha that was well done last year.  I didn't start any of my seeds and wimped out bought plants.  We have lettuce, spinach, onions and peas all growing great right now which were all started in the ground.  We have lettuce and spinach with almost every meal right now and it is yummy.  Herbs are coming in nicely and if you were close I would gladly give you starts of oregano and dill since they are very abundant.  Some tomatos are in the ground but I also need to get the rest of them, peppers, brussel sprouts and cucumbers in the ground.  Once again like last year we had a cold start to spring which turned into weeks and weeks of rain and more cold then as soon as the weather snapped it went from that to now we are hanging around high 80's 90's.  Not great planting weather unless you have nothing else to do but get up early and put in a garden, ha, if only my life was that simple.

We had some friends from college days come by the farm for a visit with their 3 adorable, sweet children.  We spent the day together chatting, going to the amish store, going on pony rides, chasing baby goats, cooking and eating.  It was such a blessing to have them.  Esther is such a sweet and transparent person that is just easy to get along with and I am so glad that after all these years we reconnected.

It has been a while since I last updated and not only have we had 4 baby goats since then but they are all sold and only one is still awaiting to be picked up by his new family.  Bubbles had quads this year!!  One was not alive when we found them that sunday morning before church.  She successfully raised all three that were left.  Now with only one still here I am getting milk agian!  I am getting about 1 quart when I milk once a day.  Early next week the last baby should be picked up and I will be getting 2 quarts a day, yumm.  That not only means plenty of the best milk you will ever taste but it also means CHEESE :).

I made the decision to not raise turkeys this year :(.  I know I will miss that delicious meat come fall and we will miss having them around the farm this year but I just needed to simplify things a bit for now.  I am going to be gone for about 3 weeks over the summer and it is alot to ask of someone to care for all the animals and then to add more on to that just seemed too much.  Even as I type I am still not 100% decided about this but as of right now we don't have any chickies.

Spring and summer are times that we really get to enjoy having horses.  We are not the type to have pasture pets or hay burners.  If we own them they will be put to work or good use.  Even if their jobs is just to give us pleasure or enjoyment they must do their job.  We ride them alot.  We went on a fabulous trail ride and if you want to see some videos from my new helmet camera from that ride just head over to my other blog and check them out.  It was great fun!  Though not without its scary moments but it was over all an amazing ride with my two older girls 6 and 8 and my Dad. 

I think that brings you pretty much up to date. Happy spring!!


  1. I love all the pictures!! THank you for taking the time to post this. I am so intrigued with your lifestyle. I wish I had your talent for growing things. I can grow kids and that's about it. LOL I'm so glad we got to get together as well. You're family is just wonderful, I wish we lived closer so our kids could play! What do you do with the lavender?

  2. I love that picture of the kids on the fence with the gorgeous field and clouds. :)

    I miss having a garden. I wish we could have gotten organized in time. It was a really wet spring though. Very odd for our area. We might try a fall garden though. Yours are looking good.

    That's awesome that one goat had quads! Too bad one died though. That's one thing I loved about Pygmies was the large birthings. What is involved in processing fresh milk? Have you done a post before or would you mind doing one?

    We're cutting back this year too. We just keep getting in over our heads and getting overwhelmed. I wish I could have a self sufficient farm, but I just don't think it's going to be possible for us.

    Sorry it's taken me so long to comment. I've been so far behind on reading blogs.

  3. Wow, that's quite poetic!

    I know this is a rather late comment, but perhaps you can clear up a mystery for me.

    What are the flowers in your "Oregano, chives, basil, lavender, dill, thyme, sage..." photo? The ones with the round, pale purple flowers atop long slender stems. They're not chive flowers are they?

    I admired some in my nana's garden last weekend so she dug me out some, but neither of us knew what they were. I'd love to find out!

  4. Awesome, thanks so much! Very happy to solve that mystery :) I only have young chives in my garden and they look quite different.


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