Monday, December 11, 2017

Christmas goodies

Look no further than your local ALDI store for the very cutest Christmas chocolates, cookies, etc.  Everything is European made, and so cute and delicious!   

Sunday, November 26, 2017

sky study #162

Sunrise over the cheese barn November 24, 2017

Saturday, November 25, 2017


David, Jimmy & I made a beautiful batch of soap while they were here this week. Home made soap is a little treacherous because of the use of lye, but is super fun, and the sky's the limit as far as scent and color combinations

We did an iridescent topped Patchouli scented batch

The cut slices - these will cure for 5-6 weeks before they can be used

Friday, November 24, 2017

the dried weasel

I found the dried, hollow carcass of a dead weasel in the barn this week.  Fierce predators and bad news in a chicken coop,  this little guy didn't look injured - more like he laid down and died.  I've never seen one at the farm before and have never lost a chicken to one.  Last year my sickly little lop rabbit Trevor was killed overnight, and my guess is this weasel was the killer.  Trevor was unwell and quite helpless, and would have been easy prey for the weasel. His mouth is tiny, maybe a 1/4" inch wide, but it looks like the mini-mouth within the mouth in the Alien monster. 

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

my inner 10 year old

Just reached LEVEL 500 on Candy Crush Soda.  Not sure if I should he happy or concerned for my mental health.

Thursday, November 16, 2017

goodnight Mama Cat

I came out to the barn this morning and found Mama Cat lying face down sprawled on the floor - I thought she was dead.  She was not, but was barely alive, and as I picked her up I found a large, deep gash in her neck and throat.  I moved her to a comfortable place and she died a few hours later.  Something must have attacked her during the night, my guess is an owl, as the wound was clean and deep, not a bite wound.  There was no sign of a struggle in the barn, no blood, nothing knocked over.  I imagine she was walking around the grounds last night and she was able to get away from whatever attacked her and make it back to the barn. A friend live-trapped Mama Cat and her kitten Mali in 2012 (original blog post here) Mali disappeared a day after we met her, but Mama Cat grew into a sweet, affectionate cat who loved being petted and would follow me all over the farm grounds.  I will miss her greeting me in the barn in the mornings and will always wonder what killed her last night.