One more week

I have a one week left before life starts to slow back down and everything becomes “normal” again. I’m ready to get things finished and start other projects that I have been putting off but need to get happen. 

We went into negotiations with the chickens & ducks last week & after much squawking, quacking, and clucking, we settled on these terms: we agreed to an extra scoop of feed & all the compost, and in return they up their egg production. 

They were going crazy for awhile and then as soon as we started delivering eggs to the local natural food store, they slowed down to a mere 14 chicken eggs and 4-5 duck eggs a day. Not cool. This week however, after meeting their terms our numbers are up! 18-20 chicken eggs and 6 duck eggs each day!! Though that’s not a great number to be coming from 50+ birds, it’s better than what it has been! 

The snow to grass ratio is 60/40, Spring is headed here quickly which means, gardens, baby animals, and campfires. It also means the NH Sheep and Wool festival! 

We ordered more trees yesterday, along with strawberry plants & blueberry bushes, we won’t see any fruit this year but I am looking forward to seeing what we get in the years to come!

I haven’t done much this week, I crocheted two hats and I am currently finishing up my nieces birthday present

Pictures of the present will have to wait, but I assure you it is fun!

Until next time, have a good week folks!!

Hats, hats, and more hats


Welcome to the land of ice


It is slowly melting but we are expecting more rain & freezing temperatures followed by snow, so I have no doubt that it will look like this again tomorrow. Unfortunately three out of four of us have now taken a tumble.

Toph was the first to take a tumble, hurting his hip. I slipped on the ice with one foot in a the truck and one foot out, mine was less of a tumble and more of a throwing out my back. Leif was the third tumble and luckily is always bundled up in thick layers outside, so to him it was more of an annoyance.


I made a lot of hats last week, I hadn’t planned to but I’ve gotten orders left and right and I also wanted to make a hat for my father in law who celebrated a birthday last Wednesday. 


Everyone is still going crazy over the messy bun hats, I hadn’t planned on making them when they came out but people want them. I’ve made 8 since December and I have about 9 more to finish up.

This next hat I am really excited about, it was a new stitch I had never done and I am not completely in love with. The puff stitch. This particular hat is the ‘Slouchy Beanie Greystoke hat’ and you can find the pattern here 



It worked up fast and I want to incorporate this stitch into other patterns.


So we are very excited for the up coming year on the farm, seeds & trees have been ordered, we have been hovered over catalogues trying to decide which meat & egg chickens we want this year as well as throwing around the idea for ten more ducks because really, how could you not love these little faces?!


We are tossing around the idea of trying a new heritage breed of pigs and of course I am now as always, pushing for you guessed it….sheep. We need the fencing first but I am working on it!!

Next time I update, I will have a ten year old 😳 where has the time gone?!

Have a great day folks!!

Chirp chirp chirp

The days have been sunny and warm (95 😳) these last few days (normal temps for New Hampshire in May are in the high 60’s), we have been soaking up the sun, playing with birds, & getting our hands dirty. We had half an acre rototilled for our garden, we need to add some organic compost or manure before continuing on but the items in our green house are ready to be outside



The birds have been making more sounds and proving to me that they don’t care about fencing 



It seems like the days go by so fast, even though I’m up by five & taking care of critters, I feel like I blink and then it’s time to start dinner.

Usually we start our mornings off in the clouds (yes clouds, not fog, we are way up high). We move & feed the birds in the chicken tractors, take care of the pigs which will have their pen moved soon.

Take down the fencing for the backyard flockI let Toph take care of picking the fencing up, he is particular
Then we move the coop and set it all up again. Today they are over by Carrick, at first he was all “look what I can do”, hopping around and racing back & forth, an hour ago he was in the fartherest corner away from the birds for some peace.

This week I haven’t worked on much thanks to sinusitis (it’s not as fun as it is to pronounce)  so anyway, when I’m not holding a hot water bottle up to the side of my face, I am managing to get a few small things done.

I’m currently working on a strip quilt, I’m not a fan of how the colors played out, it makes me anxious and I’m not sure I want to do it again


I made a granny square docking station from loosely followed directions I found over at repeat crafter me, loosely followed meaning, I stuck squares on, stretched them out, and stuck in this sticks.


Today I am carding and washing merino. Only a pound at a time but I am doing Castile soap instead of dawn, with some vinegar, and I didn’t want to heat up water on my stove so, the wool is sitting in a tub with water as hot as the sink could get and it is getting super clean.


This was after two minutes my friends, TWO MINUTES!!! Look at how white that got. 

That’s all I have for you today folks, I wish I could freeze time everyday to take a seat & write a post, I don’t know how anyone has the time but I’m glad I found time today!

Have a great day folks!! Happy June!

Anniversary #3 *edit*

Apparently I missed it, but according to WordPress

So let’s have a quick year in review

* This time last year I was home schooling

* We were renting a house on the New Hampshire/Vermont boarder, just two hours south of Canada

* We were just starting our house hunting search, hoping for at least 50 acres

* We had a dog, cat, and rabbit

In that time we have: 

* Stopped Homeschooling 

* Bought a 95 acre farm a little over two hours away from where we had been living

* I started quilting

* I joined a knitting group

* We now have deep breath: a dog, cat, rabbit, three pigs, four turkeys, ten ducks, 66 laying birds, and 100 meat birds….I feel like we have more chickens than that…but I am not going to go count. 

I am now also 32, & according to my lovely nine year old, if you think I look younger, you need your eyes checked. Nice, isn’t she?!

So, to add to the last post, yes we FINALLY got couches


Which would almost make my house look “adult”, if it weren’t for my fireplace

We built a coop for our backyard flock last week


And then went & picked up:

(Back to front): Splatoon, Petunia, & Toffee (who is anything but sweet I case you were wondering).

Saturday we attended the New Hampshire Sheep and Wool festival! It was so much fun!!

I was lucky enough to run into two of my old guild members from the RI Spinning Guild, Dave & his daughter Katie!! I was hoping to see Iris and a few others as well,  though I heard they were going to be there the next day, sorry to have missed everyone.
We had a busy afternoon, we watched the herding dog demo


Toph got to help shear an alpaca


They don’t just sit there all docile like every single sheep I’ve ever watched get shorn, but he seemed way happier without all that heavy. 


I bought 6lbs and 3oz of yummy wool!! Ohhhh baby! The two largest bags are each 2lbs of  my all time favorite, beautiful, silky (after its washed) Merino. The bag in front is 1lb of beautiful luscious Romney, behind that is 3oz Corriedale all ready to be spun up, and then finally a lb of coopworth. I cannot wait to start processing this wool!! 


There were so many large bags of wool, I couldn’t believe it, and the prices were fantastic!! 


Lorelai enjoyed watching the horses, while we waited for Toph to finish watching the lecture about coyotes.


I finally figured out the Bavarian stitch blanket on the way home.

I’m currently recovering from the head cold I picked up after you know…building a coop in the rain on Friday, & processing chickens (not mine) in the cold and rain on Sunday. Monday I slept all day long under three heavy blankets.

Tuesday and Wednesday I made a rather large amount of progress on my sweater

Not the best picture, but it was a last minute picture. I am just starting the lovely semi-lacy design part….glad to be doing something other than the stockinette stitch.

I’m off to soak up the sunshine (I hope, we’ve had hail twice this week).

Have a great day folks!

Also, thank you to everyone who has read my blog along the way, read it once, read it & liked what they have read, read it & rolled their eyes, those who keep coming back, those who are new, those who stumbled on my blog by mistake (oh yes, I’ve read the search terms and also wondered how you ended up here).

Thank you all for sticking with me!! You are all awesome!!
*edit*

Oh hey look!! 200 posts!

Getting ready

This past weekend we spent time preparing for the arrival of our last critters (who should be here tomorrow), finishing up the portable chicken coop, and the kids learned how to card wool.

First I would like to say, that it is a miracle that I didn’t break anything in the process of putting the roof on top of this coop, given the very limited space I had to stand on, over five feet up on the air 

  Sorry for the shakey panorama, I just like to give my readers a first person view sometimes. The roosting bars on the left, are none other than tree branches, and while I have been known to climb the maple in our front yard & relax with a book, those branches are just wee bit bigger & sturdier. To the right I am standing on thing plywood, the cover for the food storage. 

Toph on the other hand, had strong nesting boxes to help hold him up

It is own ready for chickens, I know what your thinking, “why didn’t you use the ladder outside the coop?!”, well folks, sadly the ladder didn’t fit on my side of the coop.

I spent the rest of the day recovering by teaching my kids how to card on my….

Super cool new drum carder *jaw drop* my wonderful husband and inlaws went in on my birthday present together and got me the Strauch Finest model 405 Drum Carder, and yes, I am still freaking out!!! It is better than I ever dreamed it would be!

I showed my kids and got their curiousity out of the way, either they will want to help or they will no longer care and therefor they won’t touch it and either get hurt or break something


I am so excited about my new drum carder that I even did a tiny renovation of my craftroom to ensure there is a spot for it


Of course when winter comes & we use the wood stove, this room will have to change. However it will be changing even more tomorrow, as our couches are due to arrive on Wednesday, so I have two comfy chairs that will make their way down to the basement with me…if I ever get those last 163,345,833 boxes unpacked, I may take a picture and post it.

And I know what you are thinking, did you finish the throw for the couch, no…I did not BUT I made three quilt tops today!


So while I may not have finished my own blanket, three newborns will receive blankets made by me and I’m just as happy.

Toph took a free fence workshop in southern NH this week and came home with fencing for the three critters that we should be getting tomorrow.


Yes that’s right folks, Straw, Sticks, and Bricks will be enjoying the lovely portable pig shelter with the portable waterer and pig feeder. We have enough fencing to move them over without worrying about them escaping somehow. 

And now folks, I will leave you with pictures of what you really came here for (I know because I gain followers and have a rise in views when I post these hehe)


Have a great night folks! 
P.S

It’s late so sorry for any typos, I’ll come back sometime within the next month and fix those 😛

Back to business (almost)

Well my migraines are few and far between, I can function with almost no medication, and I can leave my house for long periods of time, so I think it’s safe to say that despite limited mobility of my left hand (pain in joints, poor circulation), I might actually be back to normal (whatever that is).

Before my horrible food allergy mess, I joined a quilting group with the Ladies Guild in town and I have to say, I really enjoyed it. I met a lot of lovely women and learned a lot that first meeting. They donate quilts to the hospitals, which are the distributed to newborn babies. These quilts are just absolutely beautiful, I am in awe.

I missed a meeting and then attempted to attend one last week, but still wasn’t up to par and had to head home. Tomorrow one of the ladies will be teaching us to make “quick 9 patch” quilts, I intend to participate as much as I possibly can, and if all else fails, there will be pictures.

Over these last few weeks I’ve been able to sit back and enjoy watching nature (Toph put me on a housework ban, so I had time to sit and stare out the window)

I’ve enjoyed the crazy weather patterns 

 
And a little over week later 
  
   

Last Saturday Toph and I had a kid free night, we drove around the back roads of our little town for an hour, we saw in that time two dozen wild turkeys and three dozen deer, it was incredible. Sadly some of them were moving to fast to get pictures or as you can see it was starting to get dark.

We spent the time talking about critters, gardens, fencing, & shelters. 

 

Our seeds came in, ducks & chickens have been ordered, piglets are being looked for, and a guardian livestock alpaca is being considered 😉

As I cannot currently crochet or work on small knitting needles, my projects had to be shelved 😭, in the meantime, last week I stared The Ragnar blanket, the size 11 needles don’t hurt my hands nearly had badly, & I have this amazing ability to knit one handed when I need to.

   
   
And with that I say, typing one handed is hard and so I end this now.

Have a nice day folks!! (Typos will be fixed when both hands are better)