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Archive for September, 2008

Petrie Island

September 29th, 2008 by Heidi

Today we had a nice day out exploring, as we were driving Steve mentioned that there was precipitation, so I informed him that no forecast fox had been saying for days and still declared this morning that it was sunny and pleasant, and so that was what I chose to believe; so he must be imagining the precipitation and generally overcast nature of the day.


Dog time!

September 22nd, 2008 by Heidi

Zeus and Winnie have rather had the rough end of the deal with the new homesteading set up. The last few months have gotten eaten up with fencing and gardening, leaving less time for walking and playing. Not that this is likely to change anytime soon, although hopefully we will be done with the fencing before long so that will be at least one less thing we have to look at every evening. But we have found a way for the dogs to get more exercise within the amount of time there is between Steve getting home and it getting dark.


Wood is good

September 21st, 2008 by Steve

Off on our 4th wood cutting session. This should be fairly straight forward as the majority of the work has already been done. We are looking at finishing cutting up the remainder of the felled trees from our previous visit, transporting this to the respective wood piles and finally cutting the logs into splittable sizes. (more…)

Sheep containment!

September 20th, 2008 by Heidi

I really don’t know how in the blue blazes we are supposed to contain these sheep! After The Great Escape, which you can read all about in this earlier post, we brought forward our fencing plans. The day we retrieved them we bought a role of page wire and ran it around a small area of field, attached as well as possible to the posts that were already in place. That weekend we hired an auger and with some help put in 36 cedar posts. We got started putting up the page wire, but even working every evening after Steve got home, it took us till Tuesday evening to get a field secure. The sheep were very pleased to be able to go back outside on Wednesday morning.

We had three whole days of contained sheep!


In a tangle

September 19th, 2008 by Heidi

I went out for my afternoon walkabout and found a lovely scene of peace and tranquillity in the barn. Everyone had retired inside for an afternoon rest; the sheep and the dog were lying peacefully with the chickens pecking around them. The ducks were out in the yard enjoying the puddles. But where was Bertram?


My chickens are sneezing!

September 18th, 2008 by Heidi

No this isn’t a euphemism; my chickens started sneezing this evening. We just recently bought them a new type of food as they are of an age where they don’t need the chick grower any more, and I filled their feeder with it for the first time. I expected it to be in the sort of pellet form the previous stuff was, but it is this quite fine powder. It seemed strange but it is supposed to be a good feed so I went with it.


The reality of raising chickens

September 17th, 2008 by Heidi

The last few days have been of the dark and cloudy type, that is my ‘internal’ weather, nothing to do with outside. I know this is the guilt from the chicken cull. I may not have been the one to kill them, but it was my decision. I decided that we should raise chickens and that they should be for meat as well as eggs. I did the research into the breed and so was the one to decide which roosters should be kept and which not. I felt it was my responsibility so I chose and caught the three chickens that were culled. It may sound crazy but I apologised to each before I handed him to Steve.


The Reality of Keeping Chickens

September 17th, 2008 by Steve

This may seem a little gruesome to write about, and you are probably right. However, this is part and parcel of our decision to keep chickens. We knew that having purchased our small flock – unless we got really lucky and had lots of girls, that this day would come. We chose a dual purpose bird rather than specifically egg or meat. We know what sort of life our birds have had and pretty much what they have eaten.


More pictures

September 16th, 2008 by Heidi

Everyone is doing well, eating plenty and growing fast. The crate was not allowing for enough play space, but with all the books freedom was not an option. So a move upstairs was made, to one of the spare bedrooms where there is little that can be destroyed and lots of space to play and chase.

Of course I have been taking lots of pictures and have added another two galleries, so you can see how cute they are: “Kitten Weigh-in!” gallery and “Our Kittens” gallery

Woodcutting Again

September 14th, 2008 by Steve

This was originally supposed to be a full weekend of cutting, hauling, moving, and stacking. It didn’t quite work out like that; as emergency fencing originally scheduled for the weekend after had to be brought forward.


The Great Escape

September 12th, 2008 by Steve and Heidi

[Heidi] For the last few weeks we have been having some sheep trouble, namely that they do not believe in the electric fencing we have. The charge wasn’t getting around to the back field and the little boys figured out that they could get between the strands no trouble. They then lost their fear of it, so that, with the aid of their woolly insulation, they would happily go through it even when there was a charge. They then showed their mothers this trick and with a ‘grasses always greener’ attitude the entire flock decided that is was generally better to be on the other side of the fence, no matter what.


Steve and the kittens

September 9th, 2008 by Heidi

Steve and the kittens are so cute together that I just couldnt help taking lots of pictures of them, this batch really remind me of those ‘new parent and baby’ photo shoots that you see.

Rather than adding all the pictures to this page, which would make it really long and pretty slow to load, I have created a new “Introducing Our Kittens” gallery.