Harper's Farm Blog

Turning the Dream into Reality

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.

 

Making Progress May 2, 2010

Filed under: Daily Life — harpersfarm @ 7:15 am

We spent most of the day outside yesterday and were able to get so many things done.  The chicken house, rabbit, meat chicks and barn all got cleaned out, Rob built a new frame around the chicken house door, we weed-whacked areas and added a ton to the compost pile.  I tried to paint the barn a little, but with the alternating rain, hail and sunshine, I thought it best to wait until today, since it is supposed to be a nicer day.  The morning sun looks so beautiful on the property.  If I could pack this place on my back when we move, I would do it in a heartbeat.

 

And It Begins… May 1, 2010

Filed under: Daily Life,Ducks,Farm Critters — harpersfarm @ 10:05 am

The re-homing has begun. All 12 of our newest pullets went to a new home along with six ducklings. It is amazing how fast you get attached to animals. It seems so empty outside without them. A lady came to pick up both barn cats, too. Stewey was a little more relaxed than Toby, but neither one of them was too excited to get into her truck. They are great cats and excellent mousers, and I have no doubts that once they get used to their new home, they will be just as wonderful for her.

Yesterday afternoon we dropped off the last duckling at my sister-in-law’s house.  She was taking him to a lady who had recently lost her duck, and as a result, had a heart-broken goose. Apparently the meeting went really well and the goose seems happy with his new friend. The duck’s name is now Lucky, and I think it suits him perfectly.

 

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. 🙂