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A New Adventure April 29, 2010

Filed under: Daily Life — harpersfarm @ 11:18 am

When most people buy houses, they plan on staying. That was the certainly the case when we bought this house. We had no intentions of moving again. Especially since we had moved quite a few times in the past.

The problem is that Rob and I are wanderers at heart. As much as we love the farm, we love roaming, too. Perhaps some people aren’t meant to be in the same place forever. Perhaps when a person is where they are truly meant to be, moving is not a consideration. Perhaps we just haven’t found our place yet.

Rob has been offered a job in Montana. No matter how we look at it, it makes more sense to go than stay. We lived in Montana in the early part of our relationship and have been wanting to go back ever since. Here is our chance.

Despite the fact that it is what we want to do, it has not been a pain-free decision. We have to walk away from everything we have started here. Someone else will watch our orchard grow and enjoy the fruit for years to come. Our chickens will scratch around on someone else’s property. Our sheep will graze somebody else’s pastures. And while someone else begins a new adventure on this property, we will continue on our own journey.

No matter how hard certain aspects are, I know that this is the right decision. I feel it in every ounce of myself. I will take with me some amazing memories from this little farm. I will forever cherish the time spent here. And I know in my heart that someday, we too will find the place we are truly meant to be.


Happy Earth Day! April 22, 2010

Filed under: Daily Life — harpersfarm @ 9:18 am
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In wilderness I sense the miracle of life, and behind it our scientific accomplishments fade to trivia. ~Charles A. Lindbergh, Life, 22 December 1967

On this day of celebration, may we remember to plant a tree, turn off a light, recycle.  Contribute more than we use.  Take the time.  Make the effort.  Remember that small steps can make a big difference.  May we live simply and enjoy the beauty of the Earth.

“Forget not that the earth delights to feel your bare feet and the winds long to play with your hair.” ~Kahlil Gibran


More Planting April 21, 2010

Yesterday morning, one of our neighbors brought over a couple black plum trees that she had dug up from a friends orchard.  So we now have a plum row started in our orchard, taking our tree count up to 14.  She also gave me a couple of grape starts.  She said I was to plant them as they are, which is just a couple sticks, so we will see how those do.  They were planted along the fence by the berry patch. 

I managed to get the first bed of carrots and some onions planted in the garden.  The first row of radishes are coming up and I will plant the second row early next week.  Kale and cabbage are next on the list, followed closely by broccoli and potatoes.

The last few days have been just beautiful.  Bright sunshine and warm afternoons.  Today is much cooler, so I will most likely work on some inside projects while letting my sunburned arms take a rest.


Moving Day for the Ducks April 19, 2010

Filed under: Daily Life,Ducks,Farm Critters — harpersfarm @ 8:19 am
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Animals have an incredible ability to show you just where your building and fencing weaknesses are. I put up a fence for the ducks while Rob was working on their house. I put one duck in, and she proceeded to walk right out. The kids caught her and back into the barn she went. I then lined the duck pen with chicken wire. So far it seems to be working. Their house turned out great. Rob built nesting boxes and a perfect little ramp. They were a little slow to figure out the ramp, but they climbed outside themselves this morning. The real test will be whether they can climb back up this evening. The pool is a huge hit. Perhaps I should have bought a bigger one, though. 🙂


Perfect Spring Day April 16, 2010

Filed under: Daily Life,Ducks,Farm Critters — harpersfarm @ 10:08 pm
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Today was such a beautiful day.  Warm.  Sunny.  Perfect.  It was errand day, so I was not able to get anything done on the farm, but we have some supplies to make the weekend productive.  First on the list, ducks.  They will be happy when they no longer have to, well, for lack of better word, “duck” once they move into their new house.  Quack.


Bailey’s New Pen April 15, 2010

Filed under: Daily Life,Vegetable Garden Design — harpersfarm @ 1:04 pm
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Last fall, Bailey’s kennel tried to fly away in the wind.  It made it about halfway across our backyard and was pretty much destroyed.  Rob put the frame back together, but since the chain link is toast, he is turning it into a greenhouse.  Since then, Bailey has been staying in a sheep shelter whenever we go somewhere.  Well, the chicks are in there now.  So yesterday afternoon, I wrestled with a couple of hog panels until they were formed into a decent new dog pen.  Secured to the ground with t-posts, it should not be blowing away anytime soon.

I also worked on sanding the barn and the spinach finally made its way into the garden.  Today has not been nearly as productive, but luckily, it is not over yet.


Who’s Next? April 13, 2010

Filed under: Vegetable Garden Design — harpersfarm @ 2:43 pm
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I planted garlic in the garden yesterday.  It joins two rows of peas and one row of radishes.  Spinach needs to go in, too, but I need to wait for it to dry out a little after the spring rain today.  Next in line are onions and carrots.  From now until mid-May there will be a steady line of vegetables being planted.  My seed starts are all doing great this year and I am looking forward to getting them in the ground, too!