Thursday, August 28, 2008
Tuesday, August 26, 2008
After we got the kids, we had to get some shoes. REI did not have them, so we went a different way home and swung by Cabela's. This is a real stuffed elephant. If I remember correctly, this animal was confiscated from a poacher and donated to Cabela's. It is huge!
Cabellas has a ton of stuffed creatures.
They arrange them naturally.
What is Newton doing with Hannah?
Friday, August 22, 2008
Look at how strong he is! He can pick up a calf and only 6 years old!
Some of the signage.
These chickens do not peck at you.
Come on mom and dad! We have to pick vegetables!
My little guy is growing so fast! Look, he is taller than me!
A hearty thanks to the wonderful kids who helped out here and the companies who donated to make this possible.
Monday, August 18, 2008
We also got 2 really nice toasters for $1 and 20 pie tins and 5 bread pans for $2. Someone else gave us a soap cutter out of their haul for free. A freind bought a bunch of band costumes and let us buy one from her for the girls for $2. It is pretty cute. It was a really good sale. In the end, I was walking away and no one was taking the corner table (it would make a nice sewing table, it was sturdy and in good condition) so I took it for $0.50!
A few years ago I tried this pattern and I had a terrible time. I was too inexperienced at reading patterns. Finally, I feel I conquered this style of pattern writing. I am using a commercial yarn that my mother bought me for this sweater.
The hemlock ring blanket is so pretty. I am knitting mine up in some single ply 100% alpaca that I spun. Alpaca is a strong fiber and this particular alpaca had a long staple, so single ply works really well. It has a slightly fuzzy halo. I really like it.
Thursday, August 14, 2008
This photo is from Brooklyn Tweeds.
Monday, August 11, 2008
Tuesday, August 5, 2008
When the camera flash went off all of the babies stretched their necks and opened up for food. We must have a dozen or more of these nests in this barn alone. Barn swallows raise a couple nests of birds each summer.
Maybe one day I will get up the courage to photograph the bats.
Monday, August 4, 2008
Dear already removed all of the bedding early this spring and it has turned into a pretty nice compost and will be tilled into the garden soon. But, we have to remove stantions, build new corals, build a place for the chickens so the pathway stays cleaner, remove siding, and build hay feeders. We will be working on that today, hopefully.
I will have to hang colorful sheets of material on the walls when I take a picture. Everything is monochromatic on this blog. I need more color! I will try and spice it up. I have some picture of colorful projects to post and lots of flowers. I am kidding of course about the material in the barn...gross! Oh and I will definately climb the ladder into the hay loft so you all can see all of the hay Dear and I moved. 4 tons of it!
Sunday, August 3, 2008
(above photo) This is a cross cut of a branch, we counted 117 rings.
Suffolks are a meat breed of sheep. These girls are visitors that come and mow our grass. Keeping the grass low is very important. It keeps the tic population down! Later I will post some photos of our yard and our neighbor's so you can see the difference sheep make.