September 23, 2008
September 09, 2008
The book is available on Amazon, Barnes & Noble and at bookstores nationwide. If you'd like to see it, the link at Amazon is http://www.amazon.com/Horse-Breeds-Popular-Pony-Draft/dp/0760332657/ref=pd_bbs_sr_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1219168034&sr=8-1
It was only with the help of many kind folks who opened up their farms and barns that they were able to get such a nice variety of horses and ponies to grace the pages of this new book. They're working on several new titles, with the next due out in January 09.
August 30, 2008
Next on the "ready to pick" list from the garden....we have green beans. Oh, they have been so good! Again this year we planted the "Empress" variety and she certainly matches her royal name. What a producer! There are abundant 5-6 inch long, straight beans on each plant and since we planted over 350, it's a lot of picking! These also dry well when left on the plant and so seed saving is very simple and easy. We planted a second sowing of beans to be ready about 2 weeks from now, so there should be plenty for fresh eating as well as lots to put into the freezer.
The County Fair was wonderful fun, we entered a variety of classes and enjoyed spending some time there watching the judging and looking over the rabbits, chickens, sheep, goats, minis and donkeys that were entered. It's always a good time.
The children entered the open photography division and did a great job winning a number of classes, Em was so thrilled when her action photo was chosen as Best of Show in the color category. She had her picture taken with her winning entry and ribbon, and will be in the fair book next year. Last year J. Keeler won the Best of Show, so they are already excited about next year and will be taking lots of photos throughout the year. Rosie entered the "Still Life" and "Story" categories and won them both. The biggest entertainment is watching the people watching the judging. Judges have a tough row to hoe and I give them full credit for not throwing their hands up in frustration with some of the amusing antics of some of the exhibitors there.
August 10, 2008
The raspberries have been simply amazing this year-- our freezer is overflowing and we've been eating them fresh with dinner every couple of days. Delicious eating and delightful summer fun!
July 31, 2008
Summer is in full swing here at the farm. The bees are very busy and seem to be mainly interested in the trefoil in the pastures. I was hoping they'd spend a bit more time in the garden, but that's not been the case so far. The garden is doing well nonetheless...with the 50 tomato plants and over 250 peas, 350 beans, 500 onions that we planted, we hope to have lots of tasty eating. We received a welcome two and a half inches of rain yesterday and they only bad part was that a lightning strike took out our fence charger.
Our county fair is fast approaching and the children love this time of the year and enjoy entering their projects in the fair. Last year J. Keeler won the Best of Show in photography, so he's hoping to do so again this year. But the competition will be stiff as his two sisters are entering their photos as well.
I'll update with the full fair report after next weekend. Meanwhile, there's lots to do, so I'd better get to it.
June 26, 2008
We've already announced the arrival of our first foal of the season, but we thought we would take a moment to share the news of the other new arrivals around the farm this spring...
Now, at nearly four weeks, they are bouncing and jumping everywhere, when they're not eating hay, that is!
If you look closely at the next photo, you'll see another of the new arrivals... a tiny baby fawn! She and her mother are frequently seen grazing in the fields or napping in the meadow. She's positively tiny and simply adorable.
And then, of course, the birds are busily nesting. There is a nest of Chipping Sparrows in one of the bushes in the garden (there are three baby sparrows in the nest, but it's so deeply hidden that we cannot snap a photo), and we have a female Robin who spent several days constructing an *enormous* nest in the lilac bush by the front porch. She's now spending her days perched happily on her nest, so we expect to see and hear some new babies there soon.
Some of the birds are happy to utilize a more permanent structure for their nests, such as the Tree Swallow shown here!
June 06, 2008
April 26, 2008
When we were boiling sap down, we did have a few breaks in the weather with beautiful blue skies and friendlier temperatures, and that made it much nicer. We've decided we need to have a building for the syrup-making next year, and a nice evaporator and bottler, too. The process this year was a lot of work, but enjoyable. With a little of the syrup we made some candies; and even though the first batch of candy turned out more like sugar and the second turned out more like taffy, it was still tasty.
Through Dan's photos he gives you a "taste" of making maple syrup here at the farm, from tapping the trees, to boiling the sap to some of the finished products. Enjoy your virtual maple sugaring tour!
April 05, 2008
February 20, 2008
February 07, 2008
January 21, 2008
In other pony news, we are eagerly awaiting the arrival of our 2008 foals. We are expecting two Section A Welsh Mountain Pony foals. Severn Ribbons 'N Lace (Severn West Wind LOM x Alliance Designer Bow LOM by *Synod Dicky Bow) is expecting a foal by Mt. Ridge Yellow Jacket (*Vardra Secret x *Lippens Queen Bee by Fronbach Canny Lad-- a Synod Hello son). This foal is due in May. In June we are expecting the first foal out of Miracle Maid to Order (Gallimaufry Jaguar x Heritage Hall's the Cat's Meow by Tanglewood Sundance). This foal is also sired by Yellow Jacket.
At the moment, we currently have four Welsh on our sales list... a Section C colt, a Section D mare, a yearling Section A colt, and a Half-Welsh hunter pony prospect. Take a peek at http://www.miraclewelsh.com and click on the sales list to see photos of them.
January 19, 2008
Very, very cold.
Here on the farm this morning it was a brisk -20, with a wind chill that made it "feel like" it was -37 below zero. Consequently, no one is interested in being outside today... hence the blog updates. :-)
A few new photos for your viewing pleasure, courtesy of Dan... We had some surprise visitors in our crabapple tree a few mornings ago. These Pine Grosbeaks were a vivid spot of color in a world that is otherwise completely white.
In addition to the frigid temperatures, we've also been getting our fair share of new snow, including another six inches on Thursday. It is beautiful to look at, but it does make it harder to get around the farm for chores.
We'll close with a bit of winter verse, also courtesy of Dan...
I can see my breath
In the light from the porch
When I step outside
I can hear the snow
Squeak under my boots
As I walk to the barn
I can feel the burning
On my cheeks and it seems
To be Hot.
How can that be?
What is going on here?
How can the
make me feel
When it's not?