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Monday, February 21, 2011

Wow, we are having some good weather in Feb.

It has been in the 70's this week and we are LOVING it...... The kids are having a blast in the warm temps. and we are getting lots done. I love the comradery here.
One of my latest projects is trimming and taming the overgrown muscadines. I got half way down one side today before giving up..... I will start again tomorrow.

We are also working on a new chicken coop. The old ugly coop is directly behind the muscadine vines and the newly framed coop is directly across from the old coop. I am so excited about this new abode for the girls. We should finish it up this weekend. We have to add siding, trim, and the tin roof.
Getting everything just right....

Oh, it's starting to look like something. To be continued.....

We have been planting trees, like this Little Gem Magnolia. I hope to have every tree and plant here that speaks "Southern". Lord willing, we will get a Live Oak in the ground in the next couple of weeks.
Here's one of the plum trees planted. We also planted more blueberries and blackberries. Hopefully, one day they will produce!!! Prov. 28:19

Here is the latest member of the farmette. Daisy. She is so much fun. We have had her about a month and she is 11 wks. old.

We got her because our beloved Shiloh, died the day after Thanksgiving this year. We had had him for almost 14 yrs. and we are still sad to think about him gone. We needed a diversion and so did Diesel.
Now, I wouldn't say that Diesel likes her as much as he did Shiloh but we are all gradually coming to love her.
To add to all of our great happenings, this wonderful young man turned 14 on Monday. When did this happen? Time goes by wayyy toooo fastttt. I hope to cherish the next few years, as I know they will be gone in a blink.

He loves any kind of gun or knife.

And what about this sweet girl. We elected this time not to name her and her litter mate. They have been loved on all the same. Her litter mate went to the butcher this morning. This one was the runt and now we know why "real" farmers kill the runt. She has had the hardest time growing and her litter mate would not let her eat. So we decided to go ahead and take her sister and keep this one another month to fatten up. She may even get a name but I doubt it. If you wonder why we raise pigs check out this movie but don't watch it if you don't want it to change your life, and thinking, regarding food. Food Inc.
And last but most definitely not least, here is Phoebe in all of her splendor. She is the most worthless farm animal we have but definitely the most entertaining. We are in the process of fencing off about an acre in our back pasture for her to roam and root. Right now she is in a pen in the barn where she is quite happy but we want her to have room to roam. Our chickens and turkeys will free range this pasture with her, Lord willing.
We have been told that a diet is in order....
I hope you are all getting some great weather and getting lots done.


~~ Therefore be careful how you walk, not as unwise men but as wise, making the most of your time because the days are evil. So then do not be foolish, but understand what the will of the Lord is.~~ Eph. 5:15-17


I am also linking up to the new Barn Hop. I think it will be so much fun to see what is going on on other Homesteads.





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10 comments:

Greg and Donna said...

Phoebe is huge! I'll bet she is not happy about the diet! Happy birthday to Payton, I hope he had a great day! Love your new plants and the new chicken palace. We picked up our pork this weekend and hope to sample it soon! I think we will do the pigs again this spring.

Greg and Donna said...

Oh yeah....I totally agree about the weather. We are loving it!

Rie said...

Great pictures! I agree, this weather is great and y'all are getting so much accomplished. Hope to see you soon!

Holly said...

wow-that is gorgeous weather! Great photos, too. Happy birthday to your son. Holly

Cary Ann said...

Love your pictures :) I live in MS too. We had a pig once that looked like yours. He loved to have his "hair" brushed..LOL :) Have a great week.

HeathahLee said...

Oh my goodness, Daisy is so adorable! We got our Jonathan about that same age a couple of years ago, and now he's SO big! I'm so sorry to hear about Shiloh. We lost our Shadow last May and we still miss him. Glad you've had some nice weather...we have had a few beautiful days, but it's gotten cold again and Thursday is supposed to bring bad weather. Oh, well...I guess if you don't like the weather in the Mid-South, stick around a few days, 'cause it's gonna change! : )

Deborah Jean said...

Hi Trixi!
Thanks for visiting Dandelion House!
We homeschool too and enjoy many of the same things...
i love the quote about the Bible calling children blessings. Here in the Northeast, we are still having below freezing temps!

Happy homesteading...
Deb

His bondservant said...

We have had some beautiful weather here in NC as well. Loving it! Enjoyed the tour of your farm. I SO want to get some land somewhere and have my own mini-farm. But unfortunately Army Chaplains move about every two to three years! Lord willing we will one day. Happy birthday to your son. My oldest daughter is 14. What a great age! Blessings, Jackie

Leigh said...

What a great post. The photo of Daisy and Diesel is really cute. And Happy Birthday to your son! They do grow up and go out on their own so quickly.

basicliving@backtobasicliving.com said...

I love all your pictures! Daisy is such a cutie. And wow, Phoebe is a big girl! Happy birthday to your son!