Friday, May 13, 2016

Farm Scenes Friday 5/13/16

This was a really great week! The rain finally subsided and we had a few beautiful days to enjoy the outside. We worked on a lot of projects, hung out with friends, and even added some new critters to the homestead.

We are two weeks into milking Sally and Doughnut twice a day and we are finally hitting our groove. It takes almost an hour every morning and evening to prep, milk, and clean-up. I wish we were getting more milk from them though to make the effort worth it. Sally is giving a quart a day and Doughnut is giving a little over 40 fl oz a day. Soon we will have another critter to milk so we will probably start drying them off in July. More on that down below.

It was nice to be able to make time to hang out as a family and with friends. With homesteading there is always a long to-do list and sometimes we let the list take over and we forget to incorporate down time into our week. We are slowly getting better. We want to stop and enjoy this life we are creating.

We went on a hike this week at a local park. I try to get Iris out to a playgroup once a week to interact with other kids. She loves it and I get a chance to talk to other moms. The best group I have found for this type of thing is Hike It Baby. They have groups all over the U.S. and encourage children and caregivers to enjoy the outside.

Iris had her first experience roasting marshmallows this week. I normally avoid them since they are full of junk but I figure roasting marshmallows is an essential childhood memory to have. Sometimes we have to compromise. We all had a blast, although Iris says she prefers her marshmallows "raw". Haha

August is growing like a weed. I can't even stand how adorable he is! He is on the verge of crawling and loves to move. I can already tell he is going to be a handful. 

We picked up twenty-six broiler chicks from the post office this week. They are fuzzy, cute, and messy. Did I mention messy? Iris loves them. In a couple of weeks we hope to have them outside rotating on pasture with the sheep. Chasing bugs and eating grass makes for happy and healthy chickens. 

Photo credit to her current owner April

In other news, as long as everything goes as planned, we will be picking up this lady and her calf at the end of June! She is a Jersey and her calf will be a Jersey/Angus cross. We've always wanted a dairy cow but put it off since they are a big investment. But a great opportunity presented itself and we couldn't resist. She is due to calve June 1st so she will be in milk when we get her. Hopefully my arm muscles are up for the challenge! We are very excited, although slightly nervous. My husband and I have never really worked with cows so this will be a huge learning experience. We are working on altering our current set-up  since everything is sized for sheep at the moment. 

If you have any dairy cow tips feel free to comment below!

I hope you have a wonderful weekend!


P.S. This post may be linked up with the following blog hops: Monday- The Art of Homemaking MondaysMostly Homemade Mondays, Tuesday- The Homestead Blog Hop, Wednesday- The Homemaking PartyHomestead Blog Hop, Thursday- Our Simple Homestead Blog Hop, Friday- From the Farm HopAwesome Life Friday, Saturday- Simply Natural SaturdaysSimple Saturdays.

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