Harper's Farm Blog

Turning the Dream into Reality

Changing Directions May 27, 2010

Filed under: Daily Life — harpersfarm @ 9:20 pm

I think my little farm blog is nearing its end. The posts have become less and less as the concentration has turned from farming to organizing and packing. I had no idea when I started this blog just a few short months ago that it was the beginning of the end of our small hobby farm. How quickly things change. But you know what? I am okay with that. Farming is rewarding and enjoyable, but it is also extremely time-consuming. Weekends were spent on projects and shelters. Perhaps now we will be able to bait up a few fishing poles and take the kids to the lake. And although I still plan to have at least a small garden and a couple of fruit trees, having the freedom to take off for the weekend won’t hurt my feelings…


Liesel’s Turn May 17, 2010

Filed under: Daily Life,Sheep Shop — harpersfarm @ 3:50 pm

For the first time since we bought this property, our pasture is empty. Nobody calls to me when I open the back door. I no longer have to close gates behind me. The chickens are the only ones still roaming the place, and even they will have to go eventually. Today, Liesel and her lambs went on a new adventure. They will have new pastures to graze and new friends to meet. But even though they no longer live with us, they will always be my girls…


More Good-byes May 16, 2010

Filed under: Daily Life — harpersfarm @ 6:09 pm

Marta and Gretel, along with their three lambs, left us yesterday. They were headed up North to be the first of many sheep on a new farm. The people who bought them were extremely nice and they were excited about the sheep. It is never easy to let animals go, but it sure helps when the people who buy them are genuine. I have a good feeling about Marta and Gretel’s new home, and I think they will be happy. I sure will miss them, though. And I will never forget them…


Farewell, Papa Cheese May 11, 2010

Filed under: Daily Life,Sheep Shop — harpersfarm @ 6:37 pm

I said good-bye to Gouda today. Big, beautiful Papa Cheese. He has been the hardest to let go of so far. Rob is usually the one who handles Gouda, but today, since Rob is out of town, I had to step up. I caught him, haltered him, led him to a pick-up truck and somehow got his 250 pound body into the back. He was such a good boy, even though I could tell he was nervous. I will miss him terribly. I watched him ride down the road until I could no longer see him, and then I walked away. At that point, what else is there to do? So, thank you, Gouda, for being so awesome. Your new family is very lucky to have you.


Hobby Farm For Sale May 10, 2010

Filed under: Daily Life — harpersfarm @ 7:40 pm

Our house went on the market this morning. I am suddenly nervous to see it available for sale. I am not nervous about the move, I am simply hoping that the right person looks at our home and falls in love with it the way we did. The way houses are sitting on the market these days is a little nerve-racking. Our agent is confident in our house. She feels good about the listing price and the location, the desirability and all the possibilities. So now, I guess all there is to do, besides try to keep it clean and presentable, is to breathe. To relax and trust in our agent’s abilities. Waiting is always the hardest part…


Transformation May 6, 2010

Filed under: Daily Life — harpersfarm @ 12:53 pm

Well, it is far from perfect, but I think the barn looks a lot better. I finished up some trim this morning and I think it is ready to go. If I had been able to take my time, I would have done some more sanding and more white trim. Either way, I think it is a huge improvement, both inside and out.


A Blustery Day May 3, 2010

Filed under: Daily Life — harpersfarm @ 7:40 pm

The wind was (still is) at it again today.   As strong as the winds were a few weeks ago, they were even worse today.  Our poor roof is beyond what Rob can fix, so we decided to use our home-owners insurance to help replace it.  Our deductible isn’t too bad, and whoever buys our house is sure to appreciate a new roof, especially with the way the wind blows around here.  We were supposed to meet with our agent tonight, but I thought it best to wait until our house has a complete roof.. might not be too appealing without one.