Saturday, March 24, 2018

First fermenting class was a success!

Very happy to relay that our first Texas fermenting class was an astounding success! The crowd was smallish, which is good. But everything went off without a hitch. Here are some of the results:

This was a sample of jalapeno fermento carrots with dill. Yum!

We will be repeating the class in a week or two after Easter, and maybe even setting up a monthly fermenting club to share recipes and try new things.


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Thursday, March 22, 2018

Tools set up finally

Where there is a will, there is a way!

No shelf units, no workshop, no storage at all... Nothing but a pile of random boxes from the move... Until today!

The old bug barn bug bins turned out to be a perfect tool organizer! It when rolls on 4 wheels for easy accessibility. In fact, all the tools we have left actually fit right in the bins. Workshop in a corner!

Here is the rest of the shop, better known as the front porch.

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Sunday, March 18, 2018


Our first sets of healthy Texas piglets arrived! These two moms truly knew what to do! The first set had 4, two black and two spotted pink. The other mom... 12! And she kept all 12 healthy and strong.

Here is the 4, very cute!

And here are the twelve!

Both of these mom's did a fabulous job of separating from the herd and protecting the babies. Soon they will rejoin with babies in tow.

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Quick n easy pig shelters - stand up to Texas wind

The winds here in central Texas can be quite fierce! Back in Oregon, we simply used tarps for shelter roofs. Not so here! Normal duty tarps can barely stand one afternoon wind, much less an evening storm. So a new answer was called for.

There is a resource here that is golden... Oversized pallets! Several local companies give these jewels away periodically. They are about 10 feet long and 4 feet wide. Some are nearly solid in boards. Heavy, but what a great building resource!

I have toyed with a few designs using these pallets, the last being the easiest and portable!

Then, I threw one together especially for the small piglets. The pallet laid flat is a great hiding place in bad weather. Plus... Mom has a dry lean-to close by!

These were thrown together as the last storm's clouds were rolling in, so they aren't pretty, but solid.

As time goes, more improvement is in the works for these pallet structures.

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Welcome To Rosebud!

We are finally settled in... mostly. Beyond the piles of boxes yet taped shut, and the disarray of farm equipment littering the property, and the confused animals trying to figure out their new home, we are HERE.

Wow, what an adventure! The last several months have been a experience never to forget. Moving is always a hassle, but moving a large family is that much more... moving a long distance (2100 miles) is even more, moving an operating business is yet more, and on top of that.. moving a few hundred animals of various species? WOW. I will say at this point.. this was accomplished only by the grace of God. It was a miracle that we even held on to our sanity through it all!

But we are here.. and life is starting to come together again. Very soon we will have products for sale again (lamb sausage, honey and honeycomb, and even our famous pork bangers).

It has not all been good. Honestly, we faced a deep tragedy. One animal in particular suffered more than anyone. In fact he is no longer with us. Our beloved llama, one of our very first farm animals... that has been with us through the years of trial and error learning. He was just not up to the long journey and became weak during the transport. When he arrived, he could no longer stand. We tried our best to nurse him back to health, but in the end he was too old and frail to make it. A very sad ending indeed.

But, the tears come and go, then life goes on.

We also suffered a loss of most of our bee hives. They handled the transport just fine as far as packing and bumps. However, the night we spent in Albuquerque... that was a problem. The temperature dipped down that night into single digit area. Four of the hives could not handle the cold, and the bees literally froze in place. Most likely there was just too much open area in those particular hives and the bees could not quickly adjust to keep the temp up. Very sad indeed. But the ones that made it, are busy  making their new home in the woods behind the farm.

We are finally able to set up some semi permanent pens for the animals, some Texas weather worthy shelters, and a routine of care instead of constant emergencies. The farm is becoming stable again. Soon we can start milking the goats and offering our special extra creamy goat milk to the community!

The stories of our journey are many, and I will attempt to relay them here as time permits. The intention was to blog as we went, but sometimes in life we find that life moves faster than the documentation of life. That's what we discovered! As things calm... we have STORIES for you!

Stay tuned...

Thursday, March 1, 2018

Waiting for the animals to arrive

Here we sit, almost midnight, waiting for the arrival of our final load of animals shipped from Oregon.


When they arrive, our move will be complete! What an experience!

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Bees barely make the 2000 mile trip

Today we unloaded the bee hives after their long 2100 mile trip. Unfortunately, 3 of 5 hives didn't make it. The bees seemed to have frozen, most likely during the night we spent in Albuquerque. That night it dropped to an unexpected 15 degrees!

Oddly, the two hives that survived we're the two in the new style top bar hive. Not sure if that is a coincidence, but certainly seems interesting. Maybe something there?

The good news is, we were able to harvest a lot of honeycomb for candles and even write a bit of tasty honeycomb!

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