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Sadly he has no thumbs…

The most useful farm tool that I have is by far our Border Collie Gus, he proves to be helpful more than I can count.  I know that if the sheep we’re to get out that I wouldn’t have to much trouble getting them back with Gus’s help (Purdy is another story) which is a load off my mind.  This morning when I went down to do morning chores I saw that Jenny one of the brown spotted ewes had become tangled in the electric net fence (it wasn’t on which is probably why she was in it).  Jenny has a very naughty habit of eating grass on the other side of the fence… because that’s where it is greenest of course!  This obviously upsets Purdy deeply, she was standing near Jenny making pitiful cooing noises that her sheep was stuck and she also didn’t have thumbs.  As I was freeing the sheep from the fence (which she didn’t appreciated at all) I thought if only Gus had thumbs he could have done this for me.  This is a picture of Jenny a couple weeks ago eating grass through the field fence, it was at that moment I thought this is going to be a problem.IMG_4151

Meat Pig

I went to pick up our pig yesterday, we named her Lola.  She is an Old Spot Yorkshire cross that we plan to grow out for ourselves to eat.  I might not have planned my trip the best since the crate I grabbed didn’t have a door on it so I had to use a bag of shavings to block the entrance.  I also should have taken the truck so that the stinky pig would have been in the back instead of right behind my seat.  I have to say that Lola was not to happy about being snatched from her pigpen and placed in a new pigpen.  She has yet to give me any hope we might be friends as she charges the fence everytime I go out there.  I am sure that she will warm up to us in time but until then I will continue to not get in her pigpen!

Bronwyn’s OXTAIL SOUP — The Foundation / P4C Cookbook

(Family recipe my grandfather made frequently) Ingredients 5 Qts water 1 package or a whole Oxtail (beef tail) 10-13 beef bouillon cubes 1 cup sliced carrots 1½ cups chopped celery 1½ cups barley Pinch of oregano Directions Bring oxtail to boil in water with 10 bouillon cups; cover, reduce heat and simmer for 1 hour. […]

via Bronwyn’s OXTAIL SOUP — The Foundation / P4C Cookbook

The Sky Is Falling

I was sitting there minding my own business when I saw a giant hand reaching out of the sky to abduct me.  My friends and I were running for our lives when I was snatched, snatched I tell you, plucked right from the earth!  Luckily (at least for me) I wasn’t alone some of my friends had also been taken.  Once caught we were loaded into a transport container, when we were dumped out we all looked up to see the most monstrous creature imaginable…a Border Collie!

Jeff and I went to pick out some baby chicks yesterday and for some reason it made me think that this must be what an alien abduction must be like.  We picked out six chicks total, three Buff Orpington and three Production Reds.  I can’t wait for them to be old enough to start making me some eggs!  Our Bordie Collie is especially interested in the chicks, I think he would be overly happy to just watch them all day. 

Putting Away

We have all had those days when we don’t want to cook or we aren’t feeling well.  I try to cook enormous amounts of food that freezes or cans well when I can: chicken, turkey, burgers, chicken stock, chili and anything else I can preserve well.  This makes my life profoundly easier when I may not be feeling well or just don’t want to cook.  Today I made pulled pork for dinner and will freeze the rest in dinner size portions.  I also made chicken stock in the big stock pot since I used the last of it this week, I will can that tomorrow.  Jeff made burgers out of the remaining ground venison in the freezer and cooked it to freeze.  This makes me even more excited for summer when I will have the garden to can veggies for the winter.  I truly hope that spring will arrive and stay so I can get started on my little garden.1449149496.png

Missing the buns today

At Cacia Farms we like to ensure that all of our rabbits enjoy life as much as possible, even the ones intended for our freezer. We provide them with top quality food, plenty of room to grow and live in, as well as many treats to have. Our adult rabbits that we use for breeding all have unique personalities. Pete loves to run and he also likes to visit his girls. Pete is not a huge fan of hard treats but loves broccoli stems. Sly loves to snuggle and he will do anything for the hard barley biscuits, he is definitely a people snuggling rabbit. Annabelle prefers not to be handled and doesn’t like to venture to far out of her enclosure. Annabelle loves any sort of treat that comes her way as well as pets on the head. Dixie is a super spicy rabbit and makes her opinions known quickly. She does not like to be picked up, will eat anything you put in front of her including yourself. The great thing about dixie is that she is very food motivated.  I taught her to go “back in your house” on cue where she will run over an get back in her playpen. I handle my rabbit as much as possible and let Jeff know the second something is off.  We moved everyone but dixie and her babies out to our friends farm while our house is up for sale.  I miss sly’s head bumps terribly and pete checking on his lady’s everyday.  Dixie and her babies are doing great and I am very glad to have her here. IMG_3189

In a perfect world…

houses-nothern-lights-magical-night-northern-lights-winter-cabin-woods-snow-painting-wallpaper-for-desktopIn a perfect world Jeff and I would be sitting in our great room on our super comfy couch with a roaring fire watching a epic movie.  Our dogs would be splayed out on the hardwood floor in front of the fireplace, with kitties scattered roosting on the beams of our log cabin.  Outside it would be gently snowing those huge beautiful flakes of snow.  Our open kitchen would be filled with the smell of pot roast cooking and apple pie.  Our farm home would be very homey and comfortable.  I would have my office in a room overlooking the barnyard where Ace would be frolicking in the snow.  Gus and Olive would have their flock of wooly sheep that we shear and turn into super comfy blankets each year.  We would have a wonderful Jersey cow to milk and make butter, cream, and cheeses with.  This is a perfect world and one day it will be my world because without dreams you are stuck.  I think that it is very important to have dreams you always work towards as if you do not, you will one day wonder where all the time went.

Dixie

We have two adult breeding Giant Chinchillas here at Cacia Farms.  I love my girls Dixie and Annabelle they are both wonderful rabbits.  Annabelle tends to be a bit more sensible than Dixie she is quiet and doesn’t mind being handled or me handling her babies.  Dixie on the other hand is much more emotional about life in general.  Dixie hates being picked up and handled and does not appreciate me touching or going near her babies.  The one great quality both my girls have is that they are excellent mothers.  They both build super nests (even if it is two weeks before their due date is two weeks away) and they hardly ever loose any when birthing.   Dixie is die on the 17 of this month and I caught her trying to build a nest in her letterbox.  I cleaned her very messy enclosure and gave her a nest box and hay which made for a very happy rabbit.  She immediately rearranged the aspen shaving in the nest box.  She then proceeded to jump out and start piling in hay.  My girls both build early nest but they do wait to pull fur until about 24 to 12 hours prior to kindling. 

Horses are good for your soul 

It has been a very stressful week for various reasons. I have also been extremely busy and have been unable to see my horse. I went out this morning and spent some quality time with him. Ace is always up to something and he was full of love and personality. He listened to all of my complaints about life and it was so calming to just brush him.  I am very thankful for Ace and often don’t know what I would do without him.

The thaw…

Spring is a lovely time flowers, birds chirping, baby animals, and mud.  Every year I get so excited for spring to come then remember that includes my yard thawing.  We have three dogs in our house which means a large quantity of poop accumulates over the winter months.  I try to clean the yard in winter as often as I can but that can be hard with snow and freezing.  Gus our border collie happens to love mud.  He really enjoys making it bigger and messier.  When he was a puppy he made several large holes in the yard to play and splash in, he was always so proud of himself.  I sent Olive with Jeff to work yesterday for a spa day, she got a bath and her nails trimmed (and many snuggles I’m sure).  She came home and her and Gus were promptly covered in muck.  Her little Australian Shepherd coat seems to work more like a sponge!  I look forward to all of the muddy laundry I will be doing this spring and you can all look forward to many muddy dog photos!IMG_0640

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