Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Counting

We are going to be selling our baby goats soon so J asked me to go count them so we could tell the order buyer how many to expect.  I thought this would be a great opportunity to take Hank our for a little ride.  
 Some of the goats were in the old hay field.
 Some were in the woods.
 Some were on the backside of the first hill. And yes, those are some more way down in the bottom.  They were literally spread out from one end of the farm to the other.   Needless to say, I didn't get them counted.
 But I did enjoy a very nice ride.
 And got some pictures of some cool clouds.
By the evening all the goats were together and J went out and counted.  110 total, more or less (that includes  the 42 nannies).

Monday, October 20, 2014

4-H Fall Ride

I had had a very good 4-H meeting a couple of weeks ago with 7 kids.  Three of my regulars couldn't come.  I have decided instead of an event at each meeting we would just have meetings and plan 3-4 events for the year.  There was a lot of interest in a fall trail ride, so that is what we planned with the 7 that were at the meeting.
 Well, only the 3 regulars that couldn't make the planning meeting showed up for the trail ride.
 We had 6 adults and 3 kids.  That's a pretty good ratio.   What on earth are all of the kids doing?  E didn't go because first, she doesn't like trail riding for some unexplainable reason and second, she will be missing 4 days of school next week traveling with the State 4-H Horse Judging Team to Arabian Nationals in Oklahoma!  She felt she needed to make sure she was as caught up as possible in all of her classes.
 Everyone else missed a beautiful day for a ride.
 These were some trails I hadn't been on before.  The footing was very good, not near as rocky as a lot of places we ride.  And there were no long climbs or real step terrain.
 Brother was a little uppity at the beginning but did fine as soon as we got off the linear parkway past all of the houses with pigs, chickens, dogs and whatnot going on.   And Jessica did good for J except for the spook at a round bale, like she has never seen one of those before.  I thought the corn field would be more of a bother but they didn't give it a second look.
 Two other adults were both riding 2 year olds and they did great.  I was glad to see 2 of the 4-Hers showed up with their helmets.  
The old train trestle is always a little scary for me but the horses handled it fine.  At least we didn't have to cross the really long one that goes across the river.   Everyone had a good time and got back in one piece so another successful ride.

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Just Kit Sunday #67

We have never gotten our shed at the red barn repaired since the wind damaged it last year.  The hay wagon is stored out there and it was starting to get in the weather some where the roof has blown off.  So J decided to pull it out and move it to a shed at the farm up the road.
 After some tire pumping we pulled it to the house where I could sweep the goat poop off.  The baby goats love to jump up on it and play (and poop).   Kit decided to check things out while it was in the yard.
This is a wagon I helped my grandfather rebuild the bed on.  I loaded many a hay bale on it back in the day.  Since we don't bale our own hay anymore we really don't have much use for it.  But it will stay dry until we might need it for something else.

Saturday, October 18, 2014

First Jar Of Honey

J called our bee man to have him come out and take the honey off for us.  The bee man was surprised J had not done it himself since he took the bee keeping class.  J's excuse was he doesn't have a bee suit.  (Guess what someone might be getting for his Birthday)
 The bee man thought it might be a little late for the honey.  He had gone to someone else's hive and said the bees had already eaten it all.  Last year he didn't come until October 29th so I really don't know what the difference is.
 Anyway, ours had honey.
 He took the frames out one by one and brushed the bees off.
 Then he placed them in a different super for transport.  This time the transport was into my house.  He let us use his filtration bucket so I have to do it myself.
 The super is very heavy when it's full of honey.
 His bucket has a series of 2 filters then a spigot to get the honey out.
 First I had to cut the honey out of the frames.
 Then E helped by breaking up the comb to allow the honey to drain out.
 The filter filled up and I still have 3 frames left.  I guess I will let it drain down some then add the rest.  The bee man said 2 frames were darker honey and he didn't recommend mixing it with the rest because it would make it all dark.  He said it didn't taste different but some people don't want dark honey.  So I think I will let this drain down, pull out the light honey then do the darker ones on top so it will be separate.
Here's the first jar.  Yum.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Good Fences #30

We moved the cattle again on Monday during a break in the torrential rains we've been having. 
 At some time someone picked up a broken hay rake tine and stuck in the fence.
 Once last mouth full before heading to new territory.
 J usually just has to call and the cattle come running.  They are very well trained to their rotation.
 Uh oh, last one through the gate.
Now down the hill and across the river to that field for a few days.
For more Good Fences click HERE.

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Trail Cam #3

J got a little better variety of wildlife this time on his trail cam.
 Our first little critter was a squirrel.
 J got a beautiful picture of some turkeys.
 They did a little sprucing up.
 And then one took a selfie.
 At 3:44 one morning a spike buck walked by.
And then another squirrel.  I'm still waiting on a picture of a bear.  I've been told one crosses the road at our farm but I've never seen it yet.

Monday, October 13, 2014

Hokie 1/2 Marathon

Last year V heard about the first annual Hokie 1/2 Marathon a week before the event.  She decided to start training for the next year's run because it was too close to try for that one.  She started a training program in June running up to 30 miles a week until her knees started hurting and she cut back.  Well, the run was yesterday and you could not have asked for worse weather, pouring rain and 50 degrees. 
 But lucky for us the run went right in front of my mother's house.  J and mama watched from the porch but I stood under an umbrella at the end of the sidewalk so I wouldn't miss her.  There were at least 1400 signed up for the race.  You would think that it would be pretty easy to pick out your daughter but in the rain with everyone soaked and not knowing what she was wearing, she was right on top of me before I saw her.
 I yelled some encouragement and snapped a picture....
 and she was gone.  J and mama didn't even see her.  I thought it might be nice to get to the finish line but we hadn't made plans on how to get there.  We drove to the drop off parking but the shuttle had quit running so we walked up a hill to where the runners were crossing the road.  None of the ones I saw looked familiar and I found out we could drive to the finish area so J went back and got the car.  We parked about 50 yards from the finish line, I got out and ran up there just to see V finish.
 She was soaking wet, frozen and couldn't even talk.
 She was clutching her medal and water bottle they handed her at the finish line.  (I'm not sure she needed any more water at this point)
 I managed to get her steered toward the car, got her wet shirt off and gave her my sweatshirt, put her in the front seat and J blasted the heater on her.  I went back and found her backpack at the drop off tent, picked up her Finisher tee shirt and got her some hot chili from the food tent.  She finally revived enough to be driven home.
Her rendition of the event can be read HERE.
Great job V for having a goal, making a plan and sticking to it no matter what.  We are very proud of you. I think her time was around 2:20 but she didn't manage to stop her watch at the finish to know for sure.  Eleven minutes faster than the only 1/2 marathon I ever did.  
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