Weather has gone from “light jackets” to “turn on the a/c” in a matter of days…
Acorn has had some run-ins with local snakes, one of which had got the goose off her nest and was in the process of eating an egg- all when they might be starting to hatch! (well, if there are any that will hatch that is…) The snake was released in the woods, with Acorn bitching all the way…
A goatling had got herself trapped under the garden fence and died, Sam nabbed a groundhog and deposited it by the porch. Blind Hog has been on “body removal” duty.
Farm website is undergoing a major platform shift and resulting webpage upgrade. Acorn gets to complain complain complain.
However, chores are now done, time to have a sit down and relax.
Busy week on the farm PLUS a Farm Guest! Dr. Frank Pinkerton, nigh on 93 yrs old, drove himself to Missouri to visit a goat farm in the making, speak at a conference/show/sale in Sedalia, as well as spend a few “leisurely days” here at the farm, and yes- he did make it back home safe and sound! Podcast will be live Sunday morning.
Listening to his chat with us you will learn all sorts of things you may and may not want to think about. Apparently “Mannish Water” is the Jamaican version of Viagra… Frank will discuss the ingredients… Acorn did not put the recipe on the website…
Had a great time with him this week and hope he will be back soon- he generally averages two or three visits to the farm a year and last year’s Covid lock down put a big hurt on his traveling.
After his visit, Blind Hog and Acorn got back to chores- all the usual farmy things plus they sold 5 of the 6 goslings. Ethel is due to hatch her clutch this time next week, IF she has any that will hatch that is. Pilgrims are not the most efficient reproducers of the goose world.
Blind Hog has spent the last week on the Massey Ferguson, clipping seed heads off the fescue. Acorn has been in the garden, putting in the last of the vegetables and then went all crazy using the string trimmer. Such fun!
She’s also been working on her PowerPoint presentation for the goat talk in Sedalia in a few days. You know, definitely not putting it off to the last minute or anything…
Grass is growing, goslings are packing it on, and all is well on the farm. Acorn got a bit sidetracked playing along today- but what else is new?
Will see if a guest will be joining the podcast next week!
Blind Hog and Acorn have been busy- the goslings are growing too damn fast and they needed their own pen. It took a couple days, but as we speak, they are enjoying green grass and fresh air, and no competition with the nine chicken peeps! Listen in Sunday morning and find out all the news.
Blackberry juice was made and jarred up- is very delicious. 18 or so quarts!
Garden still not set out 100%, hopefully Acorn will remedy that this week. Finally will get 2 days without rain.
Lupine finally had her calf, a lovely little heifer!
Big Bee Questions are “will the two hive splits “take?” and did we make it to the semi-finals of the honey judging competition???
Blind Hog and Acorn recorded their podcast a day early but did not realize that the computer was having technical issues- the recording had gaps, much like hiccups. Acorn did not feel like doing a 2 hr edit on a 35 min podcast and promises this will not happen again.
Soldier though and try to ignore the gaps in conversation. The pair could have re-recorded it, but it would not have been the same, as you will hear. Cliffhangers! No spoilers!All the surprises!
A roller coaster of a week for Blind Hog and the Acorn; ups, downs, ups, downs. Good news is that they are both still here to bitch and complain, better than the alternative! A bit of a longish episode, live on Sunday morning.
Morels are about done. The last ones collected were dehydrated; works like a champ. Acorn saw a morel in the woods today but is was as dark as a pine cone, “Let is seed out for next year.”
Blind Hog needed to mow the yard, but the mower front wheels won’t be delivered until Monday. Massey Ferguson and brush hog to the rescue. Acorn also used the push mower and string trimmer. Have to say, it doesn’t look half bad.
Blind Hog and Acorn has “interesting times” with car buying on Monday. 90 minutes of joy on the way home and then a deer stopped the happy campers. So much for the “lovely pink full moon…” All it did was stir up the wildlife.
Heifer born this week, grass is growing, goslings and chicks co-mingling. Blind Hog and Acorn are still here, so all is good.
What is that racket you ask? PEEPS!!! Chicks have begun to hatch; geese, fingers crossed, should begin pipping next week.
Blind Hog spent time on the Massey Ferguson, clipping yet another paddock. He even went to the East Field and cut up that dead tree that had fallen on the fenceline. Brought it home in three loads, and already has it cut to length, ready for the woodsplitter.
Acorn has been gardening; plants set out, water lines flushed, drip tape laid and floating row covers stretched out over PVC conduit hoops over the beds. Looks nice!
Morels are popping, asparagus too. Blind Hog even hoisted Acorn up into the front end loader and the purple martin gourds are all ready for their occupants. They forgot to mention this on the podcast. Maybe Acorn needs to make a list of topics, you know, like she used to do…