It has been awhile since I last posted. Life has been busy and writing has been put on hold as we try and get everything done. I thought I would write an update on what has been happening around here, before the snow flies.
We have been busy in the garden, August and September were filled with picking, canning and freezing as we tried to harvest everything we could from the gardens.
Now that the growing season is done, Leighton has been working to get the gardens ready for winter. He removed all of the water hoses to be stored for next season, drained the water tanks and has worked up the garden beds.
As we get ready for snow and cold temperatures it is also time to cull any animals/birds that are no longer producing or are unfit for next seasons breeding. We will be culling two ducks and three roosters soon.
We have also added a new breed of chicken to the homestead, Icelandics. I’m excited about these three birds and how we can help preserve and continue this interesting breed of chicken. I hope to write more about them later.
Our meat birds were processed in October, and we have been enjoying our homegrown organic meat. We hired out the job since we weren’t sure when the baby would arrive and if I would be able to help.
The goats will soon be going to their winter home. We do not have a barn warm enough for them, so they will be staying in Leighton’s parents barn, which is warm enough for them to kid in. Johnnie has done his job (we believe) and we should have kids arriving early March. Currently Johnnie is being loaned to a friend to breed their does, when he comes back he will head to Leighton’s parents as well.
Our biggest change this fall arrived at the end of October, all 8lbs 9oz of her. The boys are super excited to have a baby sister and I love watching them take such an interest in her.
We are already in the middle of November and Christmas is fast approaching, another busy season 🙂 .
What are you busy with this season?