Sunday, July 20, 2014

Been a while!

It has been too long since I have updated the blog!!!  So sorry, got busy with work, kids and everything that goes along with it.  

Sad news on Shelley Hill Farm.  We had to put Gus, our Boer buck down.  He broke his front legs.  Really hard thing to do.  He was a great goat!  He did sire 2 sets of triplets before he broke his legs, and boy are they cuties!  RIP Gus!

Since the last blog, Aylia and Alex got married and Kara graduated from high school.  Below are some photos from both!

Yes, yes, I know, they are goofballs, but I love them all!!!!

Kara is right in the middle in the front in the picture above!  It was a great graduation ceremony!

Below, was the cake from her grad party!  Mom and I made her a sash that said Graduate on it!  Turned out fabulous, if I do say so myself!  

And here are Kara and Liam in their varsity uniforms.  Liam got to play in 4 varsity games this year.  Kara had a great varsity softball year.  They made it to the district playoffs and she hit her very first home run!!!!  

To change subjects completely, Runner is now fixed and this would him wearing his "cone of shame".  Hahahahaha.  At least he stays in the yard now!

Mr. Moo Moo is no more.  He was supposed to be a steer and turned out to be a bull!  After managing to escape one too many times, he is now the in freezer!  Great hamburger!

Below are garden tour videos, including new baby rabbits!  Enjoy!

Since that video above, another doe, Mrs. Silver, has had 3 babies and all are doing well!  So 9 new baby rabbits!

I believe this should be the year of the tomato!!!  Hoping for a big harvest so we can can tomatoes for the next 2 years! 

Hope you enjoyed the videos.  Sorry for not updating the blog til now!  

Liam starts driver's ed tomorrow, yikes!!!  haha  His baseball season with the Stars has gone well.  They have 2 tournaments left.  He has also played a couple games with the 18U Stars, as well.  

Since graduating, Kara has moved to Spokane to live with Aylia and Alex.  She will be attending Spokane Community College in the fall taking the EMT/Fire Sciences course.  After 2 years, she will transfer to Central to take the Paramedics course there, as she wants to be a paramedic.  

Have a good one!

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

On To October!

It was a great year for our Asian pear tree!  We picked lots and lots of Asian pears and canned them all!

We ended up with 119 pints of Asian pears!  Woohoo!

I just finished making jam with the strawberries, raspberries and blackberries from our yard!  Yummy!  Tried a new recipe without using boxed pectin, used granny smith apples instead with the fruit and honey for sweetener!  Turned out great!

We dehydrated all the carrots this year and the parsnips too!

These would be all the apples we got off our trees this year.  Made 2 pints of apple sauce!  And we got enough pears from our tree to make 17 pints of pears!

Kara's 17th birthday BBQ was awesome!  Had lots of friends and family over!  Can't believe she's 17!  Wow how time flies!

And we visited with Gma Shelley on Kara's birthday.

We have added to the farm again, with 3 new piggies.  They are a cross between Hereford and Berkshire.  Nice and long, so hopefully lots of bacon!  Mmmmm bacon!

We have 2 males and 1 female.  The males were not castrated when we got them and Rob, Liam, and I took on that "lovely" task, with Rob doing the "dirty" work.  lol  Liam and I were the "holders".  Usually, they are castrated at about 8 days old.  These were 11 weeks old, so a little bit harder to do, but the job got done and they healed up fine.

We have put them out by the chickens and they are doing a fabulous job of rooting up the big mound that was left from Rob moving stumps, and clumps and such.  Hopefully, they will take it all down and then we can smooth it out a little and plant some pasture grass.  Then we will move them to another area to do the same thing!

And we added a steer to the farm.  Mr. MooMoo, as I have dubbed him, is a Jersey/Holstein cross.  He has done a great job eating the grass we do have in the back 3 fenced acres.  We supplement him with pasture grass.  He runs with Gus and Marty.

In more family news, Liam's football season is going great.  I believe the freshman team is now 3-1.  One of the high school photographers snapped the photo below as Liam was carrying the ball!  I think he's scored something like 4 touchdowns so far.

Kara is having a great senior year.  She had her first senior photos taken for the yearbook, which came out fabulous!  This is her and Tanner, after Tanner got his hair cut!  What a cute pair!

And Aylia and Alex are now engaged!!!!!!  The photo below was taken at the dinner after Alex proposed!  They both look so happy!

Robert is elk hunting, black powder, right now and at the end of this week, Liam will be joining him for deer season.  Hopefully, Rob will get an elk and both will get a deer.  Liam drew a tag for elk also, which is later in November I believe.

The garden is winding down.  We have lots of sugar pumpkins and butternut squash that we are going to can this year instead of freeze.  Want to leave the freezer space for meat if possible.

We moved the treadmill and weights out to the garage to set up our own "Box" to workout.  Liam and Grandma Susan and I did our WOD (workout of the day) the other night and it was awesome!  We have added a rowing machine, a 45lb barbell with bumper plates.  Just need to get an iHome or something better to play music with than just the iPhone.  We will be adding a pull-up bar and hopefully a climbing rope down the road.  Found a great place in Everett that sells CrossFit equipment very reasonably priced, so don't have to pay for shipping!

That's about it for now.  All is well up at Shelley Hill Farm!

Monday, July 29, 2013

End of July Roundup

Busy summer!  Rob and Liam just go back from South Carolina for Liam's baseball tournament.  They won 1 out of 5 games, not so hot, but Liam did hit 2 home runs in 2 of the games!  They had a great time hanging at the beach and being guys!

Kara has been busy working 2 jobs this summer and is keeping busy hanging at the lake with friends and clothes shopping!  haha

While the guys were gone, Runner decided to help me "pick" the cucumbers for pickling.  This is him and his cucumber below!  hahaha  He has also been "helping to pick" the apples off the apple tree, not so happy about that one! :(  He has learned to catch the chickens that happen to get out of the chicken area and then barks to let me know he caught one so I can put it back in the fenced area!  The chickens don't like it too much, but Runner thinks it is grand fun!

The garden has definitely taken off!  The strawberries are done and the raspberries are just about done, though there are some new unripe berries yet.  Below, these are different types of squash in the front, pole beans in the back and zucchini on the left.

Sugar pumpkins are taking off yay!

Leeks and cauliflower going well.

One of the rows of cucumbers.

Another type of winter squash,

Brussel sprouts and cabbage,

And the last 2 rows of cucumbers and the tomato plants.

I picked the zucchini and shelling peas,

the green and yellow beans,

And about 10 pounds of cucumbers!  Even made 12 pints of 3 different kinds of refrigerator cucumbers!

Am moving on to the beets for canning/pickling, carrots and parsnips for dehydrating and then replanting for another crop of beets, carrots, parsnips, peas, and harvesting the potatoes tomorrow!