A carpenter might call it an embarrassment, but I call it awesome. The crooked little barn is done, complete with a roof. We repurposed the old 16X16 chicken shed, adding it to the small sheep shed we built last winter. Some parts are inside out and backward, and yes a little crooked, but it will keep the horses and sheep protected from the winter weather, at least for this year and until we're able to build something better.
Happy Birthday to me :)
We are feeding the herd about 2-3 bales of hay per day. That's for 2 horses, a donkey, 4 goats and16 sheep. The hay tent was empty, so it was time to go for a re-fill. We made a trip to Dad's farm yesterday, filling a trailer with about 70 bales. The hill is steep and the road can be slippery this time of year, so we have to be cautious. The load was divided into two trailer trips pulled by the tractor, and a couple of gator loads (we managed to fit 7 bales without losing them).
The sheep were happy, and the horses were curious to see what was going on. I don't know what's up with Freckles. It looks like she's been rolling in the mud.
Another project today was putting some temporary steps out the back door. They may not be pretty, but they're functional. I hope to build something more permanent, such as a deck, in the spring when the dirt settles and the weather dries up.
We are also doing some more work on the re-purposed shed for the horses and sheep. Hopefully, tomorrow I can show you the finished product, complete with a roof.
Remember this old shed? It was the first barn/ chicken coop we built in the early days. It was added on, moved around and finally taken apart last spring to make room for the house.
The parts are finally being re-purposed and used to add on to the sheep shed for a nice tall three sided shelter for the horses. All it needs now is a roof.
My babies were anxiously waiting for Mama this morning. Their water was covered with about an inch of ice! It's hard to believe we are back to ice breaking time of year already. Where has the summer gone?
After taking care of everyone, we were treated to a toasty warm fire - the first one in the fireplace.
We've all been going through a period of adjustment to the new place. The dogs are a little sad because they no longer have the run of the house with their dirty paws. At night and during working hours they get to stay in the basement. Callie is pretty house friendly (besides getting burrs in her fur dirty paws from playing in the pond) but Jako is still a mischievous chewing puppy. They (he) can't be trusted alone in a new house. On warm days, they have a nice kennel to keep them safe and out of the road and neighbor's yards. They do love helping with feeding time when they can run wild up the hill and all over the farm, supervised of course.
As for the people, we finally have a fully functional kitchen. complete bathrooms and railings on the stairways :). A driveway instead of mud would be nice. One step at a time I suppose.
The sheep and horses are preparing for winter. Since the frosts have started coming night after night, they are back in the feed lot and getting hay. Rambo is happily doing his job preparing mamas for lambing season in the spring. If you notice any 'blue butts' on the ewes, that means Rambo has been coloring with his marking crayon. This year, we attached a harness to his chest with a blue marking crayon so we could keep track of his activity and have a better idea of who was due when in the spring.
My name is Christy Franklin.