Archive for July, 2010

Quick Goat Barn Update

Wednesday, July 28th, 2010

It’s hard to see in this picture, but Bernie finished the goat barn lean-to.

goat barn

The barn still needs some trim and a couple of small things, but the majority of it is finished. Bernie’s to-do list is never ending, and I’m really tickled he fit the lean-to in his plans.

This summer has been hot, dry, and busy – I’m sure it’s that way for most of us. I’ll try to update again soon and show you some of the things that are keeping us occupied.

What I See When I Open My Door

Saturday, July 17th, 2010

chickens

It’s a greeting I never tire of.

Lean-to and Browsing

Wednesday, July 14th, 2010

Bernie’s been busy adding the lean-to on the front of the goat barn the last couple of days.

goat barn lean-to

He never ceases to amaze me what he’s learned to do since we’ve moved here. I think he does such a nice job with buildings – something he had no idea how to do not so very long ago.

goat barn lean-to

Georgia and Mirrie worked up an appetite admiring Bernie’s handiwork.

nubiens

Sometimes Mirrie gets so excited she forgets to quit walking forward while she’s munching.

nubiens

Georgia is convinced the best leaves are the highest leaves.

nubiens

She does a pretty good job of stretching up to some of the taller branches.

nubiens

Mirrie likes to do her browsing a little closer to the ground.

nubiens

That way she can ham it up for the camera a little easier.

nubiens

Sweet little goat babies.

A Little Closer to Finishing the Goat Barn

Sunday, July 11th, 2010

Today we finally added a stall to the goat barn.

goats and goat barn

It’s something that we planned to do when we built the barn, but you may recall we were in a bit of a rush to get it finished enough to bring home the goat babies.

Goats are very nosy creatures. We kept Mirrie and Georgia out of the barn while we workd on it – and their curiosity was just about to eat them up. When we finished the stall and let them in, they didn’t hesitate to give it a thorough inspection.

goats and goat barn

When we opened the gate for them, they waltzed right on in.

goats and goat barn

I think it met their approval.

goats and goat barn

I think the coolest thing about this stall is that we were able to use boards that Bernie milled and boards/materials left over from other projects.

Next on the list is finishing the lean-to off the front, and putting up the soffets and trim. These sweet babies are worth it to me.

goats and goat barn

goats and goat barn

Pickles Pickles Pickles

Friday, July 2nd, 2010

Vegetable gardens in this area are having a tough go of it this year. Too cold, too hot, and now a drought. A few days ago I wandered out to check on the cucumbers and was very pleasantly surprised to find several were ready to be picked. 15 pounds worth of them, to be exact.

cucumbers

See those long, zucchini looking things? Those are Chelsae’s Prize – English cucumbers that my sweet blog buddy, Becky, sent me seeds for. I have to tell you, Chelsae’s Prize is definitely a winner. I will be saving seeds from those babies. They are prolific producers, and the cucumber is very mild and crisp. I used these to make hamburger chips, and the rest to make dill spears.

pickles

The cucumbers plants are loaded with blooms and baby cukes, so I’m fairly certain we are going to have enough pickles to get us through to next season. We’re also eating at least one cucumber salad a day. I’m praying our tomatoes do half as good this year. That remains to be seen.