I had taken a week off from work so that we could do the majority of our move-in the first week or so of July. As luck would have it, I broke my wrist on the 28th of June and have been pretty useless on the whole helping-move-in department.
|Judy Show's Hattie her Cast|
|Boxes Staged for Unpacking|
|Tractor Helps with Moving Furniture from Storage|
|Moving Heavy Furniture Up the Stairs|
|Living Room Couches and Chairs in Place|
|Judy can wash one-handed!|
|Joe moves furniture into place|
|Judy's Sewing Room/Office|
|Judy's Sewing Room/Office|
|Joe pressure washing furniture|
|Judy staining furniture|
|Joe hanging pictures|
Around the farm the animals are multiplying and, despite my infirm wrist, continue to demand a fair amount of work on a daily basis. Our rabbit experiment has been hugely successful. Starting with the unplanned mating that resulted in our first litter of 6 kits, and adding the successful mating of our three other does, we have had four litters of kits born, for a current live count of baby rabbits at 31....plus the 8 adults, for a total of 39 rabbits.
|Annie's babies -- all grown up!|
Our pair of broody hens managed to hatch 12 chicks between them, and, hard as it is for me to believe, the first four chicks, born on 6/16 are now over six weeks old! One of the hens has gone back to laying eggs, while the other has taken charge of the dozen chicks, teaching them how to be top-notch free rangers. They are quite a sight to see as she leads them around the yard. My gardens are suffering from their attention, but I don't really mind this year. It's fun to watch them as they learn from mama. With these new chicks, we are now maintaining a total of 42 chickens.
|Lacy and her chicks|
|Lacy and her last hatched chick|
|Sally and her babies|
|Whitey smiling for the camera|
|Joe working on the new goat pen|
|Dogs at play in the pond after heavy rain|
|They love the water|
July also brought us an abundance of ripe peaches and plums. Sadly, the majority of them had some worm activity and, with my gimpy arm, I was unable to pare and keep the good portions of the fruit for canning. However, the chickens were VERY happy to process somewhere in the vicinity of 300 pounds of fresh, ripe, wormy fruit! Blackberries are in full swing right now, and I have been successful in canning some jars of blackberry syrup.
|Many, Many Peaches|
|Many, Many Plums|
|Blackberries coming in right now|
|Grapes coming in soon|
My son and daughter-in-law came over to the farm to celebrate my birthday with us. We had a nice time, eating pizza, playing guitar, accordion, drum and singing. I look forward to more family get togethers here, now that we are more or less finished with the construction phase of the house itself.
|Joe and Steve|
|Joe, Steve and Kristen|
And with July wrapped up, I am curious to see what August has in store for us. I know I am looking forward to a few visitors this month, and I am VERY much looking forward to getting my cast (cast number two) off on Wednesday!
|Bee on Flower|
|Blackberries with Black Eyed Susans|
|Butterfly on Peach|