St. Joseph is my adopted patron. I am not named after him, and chose another saint at Confirmation oh those many years ago. Since being married and working, though, I've come to appreciate how helpful St. Joseph and his holy example are. So, in celebration of his feast day, I'm dedicating this update of all of my work around the homestead to him.
First, the pigs are growing visibly larger and more comfortable with us daily. Holy moly, they are fun to watch.
|BB'q saying hello. Escargo nervously watches in the background.|
|All them piggies hanging out. They're starting to root up the area (yay!),|
and go nuts for milk and eggs. It's hilarious.
|Chickens pecking and grazing. They've been disrespecting the elctro-net recently.|
Time to get them ready for the pens.
The chickens are doing very well. They seem to have figured out how to get out of the electro-net, which is not that surprising to me. Corn the Rooster has been sort of aggressive lately, so he may not be with us for much longer if this continues. That's OK, because we have another rooster or two waiting in the wings (pun!) to take over.
|The baby chicks are entering their awkward adolescent phase now.|
That Leghorn rooster in the lower right is crowing like a 12-year-old boy.
And speaking of moving animals, the sheep are SO READY to be moved out.
|"Get us outta here! Baaa!!"|
The cows are also going to start heading toward the back. I'm running low on winter hay, and the grass is beginning to come up. They are sick of the hay too, as every time I try to walk Bridget to the milking stanchion to milk her out, she stops 5 or 6 times to eat clover and grass nibblets. So yeah, the grass cannot pop up soon enough.
|Bridget Da'Cow, tired of eating hay yet eating it anyways.|
|Brisket Le'Cow, in the same hay boat.|
I also have been working on efficiency in my routine, and the Cow Cart is a big one that went into the initial plan. The downside was that the hose bib I got originally was TERRIBLE. I got some new plumbing yesterday, and what used to take over 20 minutes of water filling took less than two this morning.
|Filling up the tank on the Cow Cart at the hose.|
The two metal stock tanks are Bridget and Brisket's water tanks.
|Bridget tethered in the yard, with the Cow Cart water tank filling up her stock tank.|
Look at that flow! It took no time at all to fill.
I'll be adding some extra wood to the Cow Cart so I can cart around the T-posts driver, T-post puller, T-posts themselves, manure fork, manure tank, chains, wrenches, mineral buckets, etc., etc. The end result will be that I can take the cart in one hand and the cow on a leash in the other, and set up everything in a single trip. I have not yet achieved that, but getting a properly working water delivery system is step 1.
While at the hose spot, I surveyed last year's garden spot for a moment.
|Lots of organic matter ready to be spread out!|
The warm weather has also caused the orchard trees to begin budding ever so slightly.
|A pear tree just starting to bud. I have no idea which variety it is.|
It will be exciting to see the development of the trees in Year 2 of the orchard.
In other news, Wife is currently assembling a seed-starting greenhouse right now (separate post to follow). This is after a busy morning making butter, yogurt, and setting aside some milk for cream cheese. I'll post separately on our home dairy products as well.
St. Joseph, pray for us. Pray for success by the work of our hands. Pray for a happy, holy home for us and for our children. Pray, O Terror of Demons, that we may be freed from the bonds of sin and from the snares of the enemy. Pray that we might have a happy, holy death when it is time for us to be called home by our Creator. Amen.