Glorious days-do we dare think spring is here??

There’s a storm coming in so this post is short and sweet with a picture view of what’s going on at Caldwell Farms.  More to come!

Wind damage
Wind damage
Seed order prep
Seed order prep
Tearing out old cattle holding pen
Tearing out old cattle holding pen
Future hen house
Future hen-house
Heavy equipment at new holding pen
Heavy equipment at new holding pen
For the post holes
For the post holes
Replacing gates
Replacing gates
Yard work
Yard work
Garden work
Garden work
Tree limb cleanup
Tree limb cleanup
Rabbits bred
Rabbits bred





































And on top of all that, spring calving season begins any day now!!







































Author: countrygirllifeonthefarm

I am a wife, mother, and grandmother that lives on a farm in Craig County, Virginia and I am retired. I love to cook, read, quilt, craft, garden, hunt and take long walks in the woods. I have one gorgeous teen granddaughter, a wonderful little grandson and two beautiful and caring children, boy & girl. I've been married to my farmer husband for 46 years and he's the "love of my life"!! I love doing things the "old" way such as canning, making maple syrup & cider, handcrafts and baking. I've taught myself to crochet, embroider, and quilt with help from my paternal grandmother. I could read until the cows come home. We live off the products we raise and hunt for the most part. We run 75 head of cattle on our farm, 30 chickens, three rabbits and one dog. I help my husband with the cattle, feeding the livestock, hauling in firewood, fence repair, and general maintenance on the farm. I was a stay-at-home mom to my children and then went to work when they finished high school. I was a cook at a School for At-Risk Teens and part-time substitute teacher. Then I started work at our local Farm Bureau and stayed there for 17 years. I worked at Virginia Tech for almost five years and decided to take early retirement in July of 2015. NOW, I'm a full-time farmwife and loving every minute of it! I love to read fiction and the Bible. I'm currently hooked on quilting novels and Annie's Attic mysteries. I started this blog in 2011 and have met so many interesting bloggers and have kept up with my friends through my blog. I love to hunt with my bow and rifle and with a camera. We hunt to fill the freezer and cellar but would never kill anything for the fun of it. I have friends and family all over the United States. Some of my ancestry last names are Bradley, Dickson, Hylton, and Rose. I've lost both of my parents to brain cancer and miss them very much. I have one sister and four living brothers. I was raised in Paint Bank VA and moved to New Castle VA when I married. I went to school in Waiteville, WV, Gap Mills, WV and New Castle Va with a short semester of college at Virginia Western Community College in Roanoke VA.

6 thoughts on “Glorious days-do we dare think spring is here??”

    1. Thanks Julie! We’re preparing for another blast from old man winter this weekend and through mid week but not much white stuff. Hoping the cows can hold off at least one more week from calving. As much as I love them, I would prefer they raise their little ones instead of me.

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  1. Rita,
    Hope the storm was not bad and you got through it with no (or little) damage.

    Rebuilding cattle pens is a big job. Once the work is done and you get to use the pens, it is all worth it. We tend to find ourselves thinking “why didn’t we do this a long time ago!”

    I don’t even think about garden work until May. After we get done working calves and trailing pairs to grass, then I have time to think about it. In addition, late May-early June hopefully decreases the risk of a late frost.

    Happy calving season to you! Hope you have a successful spring.


  2. That is quite a work agenda. No peace for the “wicked”.
    Not that I think for one iota of a split second that Rita and Eddie
    are “wicked” – ha ha!
    Here in my new glorious beachside Terrigal region and just north of
    Sydney – 1 hour by express train, it has been reported that Sydney and the Central Coast have had the hottest summer since records were kept.
    Presently it is the start of Autumn and the weather just can’t make up its mind what to do – shine or rain, more like a bit of both…. most annoying.

    My patience ( limited at the best of times!) exploded yesterday with a honey nectar fledgling which can’t come to terms that is is time to leave it’s parent.
    There were initially two but either mother or father honey nectar got it to fly off but the other one which possesses a constant squawk and bowel disorder persists. The parent bird’s patience explodes at times also so I am not alone in that department and bites the young one which turns upside down for these savage pecks. This is all done right in front of my table and chairs area on my porch so I am an amused spectator.
    However my patience blew yesterday and I grabbed a broom and though the spaces on the veranda wall I tried to commit bloody murder.
    Result my hand got caught and I came off second best, but the damn squawker made a hasty departure. Now I have a bandaged wrist so the moral of the story is – “Attack from a safer position” !!!
    This morning only father/mother bird was in the bottle brush tree sucking up the nectars with the pair of lorrikeets which give the occasional loud squawk. Beats me how these blooms of the bottle brush can have so much nectar in them??????????????

    Now back to farm “Caldwell”.
    Those rabbits!!! They look like some pure breed, not like the bloody rabbits that cause mayhem here in Australia. And just for the history buffs, rabbits are NOT native to Australia. Brought out by the colonial POMS!
    Who also inflicted foxes into Australia – the story goes so the gentry and the military (officers) would enjoy a bit of the “Tally Hooing”.
    Riding to the Hounds did not quite take off here like in “Mother Pommyland” or in Maryland and Virginia I believe in the USA.

    Your “injured” Aussie mate who must learn to prepare a Honey nectar attack from a position of strength.


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