Thursday, January 22, 2015

Young hiker

On Tuesday Jonah went for his first hike beyond the farmstead.  You can see he even went off piste ;o) There's a crust on the snow an inch or so below the fresh snow, and he's light enough that it made easy walking. 

We went out to the back pond and around one of the hay fields - a little less than 2 km all told. He had a pretty good sleep afterward and it didn't seem too much for him (judging by tail wagging).

Yesterday we went out to the back bush and up the knoll. He seemed pretty happy to explore the exciting sights and smells of the bush. It was about 4 km; he sat down once in a while on the last km. Maybe a little too long.

It was neat to see him 'discover' his nose an what it could do.

Of great interest to me is the prolific number of rabbit tracks we saw. The rabbits are usually plentiful, but the past two years the coyotes have virtually cleaned them out.  All these things are cyclical, and it seems maybe the coyotes are waning now. (Would be nice.)

Saturday, January 17, 2015

On Guard

A blustery day on the farm. Warmed up to minus 4 but howling north winds give it a brutal feel. Most of the flock taking shelter, waiting for the wind to die down before hitting the hay.

Except for Bonnie.

She remains on guard!

Friday, January 16, 2015

Eggs for Lunch

As a creature of habit I have a home made Egg McMuffin for lunch most week days. Some days I like to change it up. Days like today that are cold. (And I'm out of English Muffins.)

This is for one and I based it on a recipe I found online via Huff Post.

Oven on to 400.

About a cup of sliced mushrooms (today I had Crimini on hand), some chopped onion (today, red) a bit of chopped garlic and a few sun dried tomatoes from the garden, a little salt and pepper. Sauteed for several minutes in butter, until there is no more liquid coming from the mushrooms. 

I use a fair bit of coconut oil, or extra virgin olive oil for sauteing, but I find butter caramelizes the best, so for mushrooms (or fresh fish) its butter all the way for me .

Put in a small, sprayed, ovenproof casserole.

Two eggs (right from the hen house!)

Bake for about 15 minutes.

Put some cheese on the top. Today, two slices of Provolone and bake about 5 minutes more.

Let it cool for about 5 minutes.

I find that fresh eggs - especially REALLY fresh - take quite a bit longer to cook. I judge when I check to put the cheese on that the whites are pretty much cooked and the yolks are still looking runny.  Of course you would adjust if you like your eggs runny - I prefer this dish with the yokes cooked right through.

I made this one day last week too. I used a few fresh green onions instead of the red. I chopped them fairly fine and just put them into the fry pan when the mushrooms were nearly done. Gave a nice bit of crunch.

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

The snow abates

It stopped snowing and its a beautiful sunny (cold) day here at the farm. I should probably knock the snow off the edge of the roof. This entrance is pretty much out of commission should I ever need to get out in a hurry.

I did knock the snow of the porch roof on the left side of the photo. The drifting off the roof almost touched the bank below. Young Jonah loves to explore under there so I'm trying to keep at least that area safe.

I'm continually amazed at how much snow the boughs of an evergreen tree can hold without breaking.

The snow and ice on top of this 10 ton feed tank not a good thing. There is only one spot to draw feed out of the tank (its manual with a pail, not automated) and that is right below this overhanging menace. I couldn't get the entire tank in the photo, but there is framing around the bottom, a few feet off the ground, that prevents me from standing anywhere but one spot for filling the pails. The framing also prevents me from diving under the tank if I hear a tumble coming from above.

The hopper slot and the snow overhang are on the east side of this tank and the wind is always from the west. That means, besides overhead snow, the dust from the feed as the pails fill blows straight into my eyes. Allergy attack!

The sheep are in their breeding groups now, and they get some grain each day. The official breeding period is over tomorrow and the grain supplement will end while they are in early gestation. So hopefully that overhead snow will hold off for another day before letting go!

Tuesday, January 6, 2015


Unrelenting snow squalls, minus teens cold, pounding wind means lots of time for bonding with Jonah.

On his third day at the farm, the laundry room newpaper floor cover is already reduced from total coverage to one third of the room where he is reliably doing his business.

He gets a lavish 'good pee' or 'good poo' for using the paper, and gets the same plus a small piece of cookie for doing the same outside.

This afternoon, if weather doesn't interfere, he has his first vet appointment for a once over. He was already vet checked and had his first shots at the breeder's, but contract requires my own vet check within a week.

While in town I'll look for a nice chew toy for him to use in lieu of my ankles. He's teething and those little teeth are sharp!

Saturday, January 3, 2015


New member of the family.

Born Nov 9th, weaned this morning to his new home at the farm. He doesn't have a name yet - thinking over names that start with 'J' in honour of my late pal Jesse, to whom he is directly related. Also looking for name that doesn't end in long 'e' sound - Bonnie and Jesse sometimes misunderstood who I was calling/commanding.

He's a darker blond than Jesse which works well for me - similar, yet different.

Thankfully DS still gets actual paper newspapers, and delivered a stash at Christmas. Let the potty training begin!

Friday, January 2, 2015

Calm before the storm

The sheep are enjoying a brisk sunny morning, mulling about outside, casually munching their hay. Yesterday was blustery and bitter cold and they preferred to lounge around in the barn.

It seems there is a nasty system on its way to our area - warming up with heavy snow turning to ice and freezing rain, followed by a plummet in temperatures and back to heavy snow again.

I think I'll make like the sheep today and spend some time outdoors (on my snowshoes) ahead of hunkering down during the next blast.