This site is about my life as a farmgirl, wife, mother and grandmother. We have a beautiful granddaughter and the cutest grandson. We own two farms in Craig County Virginia, leasing one and raising beef cattle on the other.
When Mother Nature allows I get out and play in the yard. Last week I spent three days and completely cleared the debris and now I’m ready to rearrange my flower beds and fix it up!
The flower beds are ready for some new growth and I’ve started flower seeds for the “dinner bell” flower garden and I’ve expanded my rose bed. I’ll be replacing six roses, last falls cleanup left me with the area in front and behind the yard fence and I’ll be working on a new project between the front yard and the gazebo by the pond. More on that to come soon.
A “before and after” view of our mountain is such a huge change and it took several hours and days to complete. Our mountain view has disappeared over the last few years due to barberry, alm olive and other obnoxious shrubs. We contacted Aaron Calfee from Paint Bank to do the work for us. He has a bushhog that fits the front of a track loader (Bobcat, maybe). The shrubs had taken over a lot of really good pasture land for our cattle. It’s very steep and Eddie just would not get on the side of a mountain with any kind of equipment. It looks really great now and we’ll have to keep a watch on it in the spring and do some spraying to keep it knocked down and the cattle will eat a lot of the tender young sprouts. Here are some after photos that show how the mountain opened up.
The chickens needed a new home due to the age of their existing house! It leaked like a sieve. Critters were getting in no matter what we did and killed eleven of my new chicks that were under two months of age. The hill I walked to get to it was becoming a hazard for me in the winter months. We moved the chickens (they were not happy at first) into a cinder block building which has electricity and water and a separate room for their feed.
Now the chickens use the remaining area as a dusting bath! Next spring I’ll spread it out a bit and start a new area for gardening.
This building has been on my bucket list for cleanout for the last three years. It is so full of junk, metal, useless tools, boxes, jugs of all shapes and sizes, feed sacks and more junk. We hauled off to the landfill a 8 ft pickup truck load to the landfill. The old chest freezer sitting in front of the building is at least seven feet long and four feet deep. We filled it completely up with scrap metal mainly consisting of rusted nails, bolts and things of that sort. We also got a huge wooden box full of brass. All of the metal will be taken to a recycling center.
The building was so full we just had a path to get through from one end of the building to the other and it’s a really long building. It has sections in that were built to hold feed on one side and a corn crib and small smoke room on the other. There’s one small room in the building that Eddie will convert to a reloading room that he can lock up. It took an entire day to clean out the junk and the section that were initially for feed now hold all types and sizes of lumber that has been cut on the farm and seasoned. The rafters are full of 12 – 18 inch wide boards. I would have loved to have seen the trees that lumber came from. The rafters also hold a major abundance of bee supers and hives.
It looks so good now and have plenty of room to use for working up our deer meat.
We can get to our freezers more readily now.
I stacked enough deer antlers that amounted to a four foot high stack. Now, I need to find a way to repurpose them. You can see the antlers on the left corner at the back of the room.
AND, Roscoe is now living in the rafters of the smokehouse. He watched the entire cleanup and came down to check things out near the end of the cleanout. His bedbox is in the corncrib and that’s where we keep his feed and water.
I’ve been active with my blog this weekend and I have even taken the time to update my blog. I made some changes to fonts, color and design and hope they are appealing to you as they are to me. More posts coming throughout the coming week, I promise! I like the new colors especially and have posted some new goals and cleaned up the home page.
It took most of the day but my dressing room/craft storage room/library went from this:
Six hours later and this woman is very happy and gratified by the new look and clean up!! I didn’t even mess up another room doing it! Take a look and see if you can see a difference:
I am just so thankful that it was a cool day or I would have fizzled into a rag mop! I can hear my daughter now, “How long will it stay that way!!” She knows me so well and knows that if I get in a hurry, something or all will be in disarray all too soon. My job now is to slow down and take notice.
I only have one major cleanup left on the second floor but will need some help moving some excess furniture out of the house into one of the storage buildings and do a major clean out of all the linens in my home. We are storing the linens from three households since our move several years ago and it’s time to pass it on to Goodwill so someone will get some use out of it without costing them an arm & two legs!!
This is the blog for our little farm in Skagit county. Here we have Shetland sheep and Nigerian Dwarf goats. In addition we have donkeys, cattle, pigs, chickens, geese, and peafowl. The blog describes the weekly activities here.