I beat you!!!

No, it isn’t a song.  I am sure I could find a song about beating something, but really…that is the thought that has been going through my head, “I beat you!!!”

I’m talking about tomatoes.  Not even all of them.  Just the roma row.  It seemed like for a very long time that every time we went out to pick we would only get a few feet before our two three gallon buckets were full.  I know, I know, the problems of abundance.  Yesterday however, after canning 21 quarts of tomatoes and putting some in the freezer to can when I start the next round, we actually got all the ripe romas!  All of them!!  I beat you Romas I beat you!!!!!

Of course there are a ton of green and orange romas out there.  And there is the whole row of slicers…and there is the super abundant tomatillos that are out there.  But none of that matters, at least for 24 hours as I say, “I beat you!!!!”

My life lately feels like it is all revolves around canning, making cheese and drying greens.  Life is hectic.  A lot has happened in the past week.  Isn’t that the way it goes?  

First, we got a new english angora buck. He is all white.  The girls have picked up a little of the Games of Thrones series.  When they saw him, they wanted to name him Jon Snow.  They have heard Jack and I say often, “You know nothing Jon Snow!”  So they have been telling him this a lot lately.  Poor rabbit.  Also, since we are so big on themes here, we decided to rename the other rabbits.  Daenerys  and Rhaegar.  This is Jon Snow, and he knows nothing.  I have a feeling that as the girls get older almost all of our livestock will have literary references.  Well read little farmers they are…

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We also had one of the sows, kid, lamb, calf, oh farrow, that is what it is called.  Why can’t they just say give birth?  Anyway, slightly disappointed that she only had four, but she is a good momma.  So it is all good.  It looks like she had two girls and two boys.  We are just waiting on the other sow to farrow.  It is exciting for me to go out there each morning and have that be a surprise.  There are lots of surprises in farming.  Some good, some really not good.  You just never know whatcha going to get.

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Since I was out taking pictures of everyone I decided to take some pictures of the rest of my lovies.  The goats were the only ones who really cooperated.  I mean, they come when I call and in general like hanging out with me.  In goat news, we got two new does.  Against my better judgement, they are alpines.  While these girls are noisy, they seem to be much more calm than what our experience with alpines has been.  They both sit really well on the stand and give a good bit of milk.  So since Thursday, when we got them, I have been making cheese every day.  It does make it hard to can, but things happen, and you have to make the most out of your abundance.  So some pictures of my lovies…

Freya with Cora.  Cora is almost as big as Freya now, that is her mom in case you don’t know.  Cora would be about 6 months old right now.  She is a sweety, but she hangs out with our half alpine a lot and is a lot of mischief waiting to happen.

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She is also still nursing.  We haven’t taken any steps to wean any of our doelings.  All of our mommas are really great and I trust that they will wean their babies when they are ready.  I want healthy naturally raised goats.  And sheep and well everything.  I feel that a lot of times we have over-managed animals.  So we are working on that… 

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Here is a quick shot of Rapunzel.  She will need to be shorn again soon.  She is still pretty ummm, not friendly.  But every once in awhile she forgets herself and will come up to us only to run away again.  I have hope that one day…one day…

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Luna and her babies, or at least two of them.  Luna is the goat who had triplets.  The grey doe is Selene and the white doe is Lucina.  They are both good sized considering that they were triplets.  Again, still nursing.  They are all way sweet.  Love them ❤

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Luna is always the first to come to me.  I love her, she loves me.  We like to take long walks around the pasture. Try and lead Luna anywhere and it doesn’t go well, but if you follow her…it is alright.  

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And this would be Hattie.  Not too fond of her name, but she runs when you call her, as you can see here.  The cows aren’t chasing her, she just runs when she hears you.  She is a sweet girl and has nice manners on the milk stand.  Like I said, a little loud, but well, she isn’t crazy.  I can deal with loud, if I don’t have to deal with crazy.

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This is Juna. She is our other new alpine.  She is like 7 years old, which isn’t exactly young for goats.  Again, sweet, calm, comes to her name.  I actually mostly like her name too, though it is really close to Luna.  We have now over doubled the amount of milk we were getting.  I have changed to milking twice a day now, which isn’t easy, but oh well, we have a lot of milk!

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Nancy.  Fancy Nancy.  She was such a pain for us until she kidded.  Now she is another sweet goat.  Sadly, Paddy died a few days ago.  We came home and he was strangled up in rope.  He wasn’t the smartest one.  But he was going to breed Luna and her girls.  Now we aren’t sure what we are going to do.  

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Looking down at their current pasture.  They have lots of great shade here with good browse and some grass.  It is time to move them again, but this time I am waiting for Jack to get home.  It is hard to stick the fence in the ground when it is this dry. 

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Ruby and Jewel loving on each other.  The sheep are all hiding in the shady grass, see them??

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This is to show that Cora actually still nurses A LOT!  I think while I was down there she nursed about every few minutes.  

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Playing Queen of the compost hill

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My update picture of my canned goods.  It is going slow now that I have to make cheese more often.  BUT, we have cheese.  Last night I made yogurt too.  I am getting some new cultures to make some other things too.  All our dairy needs are being met with the exception of butter and cream.  I do love cream and you just don’t get enough with goats.  But that is why we have cows.  It is nice to see that soon, oh so soon, all of our protein needs will be met.  We rarely buy meat.  I am not sure the last time we bought eggs.  And with all the milk we are getting, as long as I can a cheese press soon, we will be set and maybe never have to buy cheese again either.  This is what I call being self sustaining.  Of course, it isn’t really, not quite.  Once we grow all the food for these animals then we will be.  Closer and closer we are getting though

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In other news, we have four of the six containers that will be our cistern in the ground.  Jack needed to buy some more plumbing stuff, but it is coming together.  It is exciting.  The barn is getting there also.  He is building the forms so we can pour more concrete and finish it.  We are also building a new chicken house.  One where we can fit them all together.  It will help chores a lot.  Since it is September it is really good that a lot of these things are getting close.  I’m looking forward to some time in December when we can all rest.  You know for a little while.  Already with the sun going down earlier and raising later we are getting more sleep.  We are heading upstairs a little after 8:30 and waking up at a quarter after six.  May not seem like much, but it feels like sleeping in.  I’m going to enjoy it because well, it will be spring again real soon.  

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2 thoughts on “I beat you!!!

  1. Beth Rees

    Such lovely photos of the farm. I love being able to see it as well as hear about it. 🙂 So glad and excited for you guys going into winter time so well stocked! Peace and well wishes.

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