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Around the Farm: The Golden Days

August 25, 2014 | 11 Comments | Uncategorized
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I don’t know if you can overstate the amount of work that even a so-small-it-can-barely-be-called-a-farm type of property takes, which is something I think about when I get home from work after a long day and all I really want to do is lay on the couch and read a book. The trade off, of course, is that when I get home from work after a long day, and the donkeys need to be fed and brushed and hugged, well… this happens.


Being given bunny ears by a donkey while trying to take a picture (so… donkey ears?) is infinitely better laying on the couch.

Plus, I have a welcoming committee.


People sometimes ask me why I don’t eat my chickens–and I have no issue with people who raise their own chickens for food, I think its awesome and far better than buying meat from caged chickens–but I personally can’t willfully kill a creature that is this excited to see me when I get hope from work.

Or this Nug, for example, who is happy to take naps on my lap when I pick her up.


That’s a lot of awesomeness that I’d be giving up for a chicken dinner. Plus, the give me so many eggs, which I can turn into things I like far better than I like chicken breast… like pasta.


My dude requested homemade meatballs and ravioli this weekend, and aside from the fact that I quite enjoy making pasta, the best thing about it was that half the ingredients came from the garden.


I’m already planning what I might do with my fairytale eggplant when they’re ripe…


And the sweet corn that’s getting ready for picking.

There are many awesome things going on in the garden. There are also many awesomely huge weeds–I haven’t been able to spend as much time as I’d like keeping it under control–so instead of leaving half the garden for “row crops” I’ve decided to make raised beds for the whole thing. I’ll likely put a few in before fall, and build the rest over the winter to go in in spring.

I stocked up on the wood for a dozen more of them, just so I’d have it ready when I find time to build.


I also stocked up on a few other things that you might notice in this picture, like a new AC unit, and axe, a keg of beer, and a kayak. It’s safe to say I’m totally ready for the apocalypse.


Also, I have a few new projects lined up. (Try not to fall out of your chair in shock.)

Things are just a little crazy right now, with the promise of slowing down soon. In the meantime, I’m doing my best to appreciate the awesomeness of this part of summer.


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  • Emily

    I love the welcoming committee! My own consists of 5 CATS. I blame the husband for kicking us into official ‘crazy cat lady’ zone.

  • Marjorie

    Wish I could see all the great pictures. You changed something.

  • Virginia

    Who wouldnt like hugs and kisses from a donkey, or two!! Tomatoes from the garden makes a fabulous gravy for say, eggplant parmesan . Can just taste the freshmess, yummy!!

  • Ben @ TheHouseOfLists

    I’m jealous of your axe. And your free ranging chickens. My chickens are just too delicious to the local wildlife and too fun for our puppy who would play with them to death to let roam free.

  • Shane

    That maul is amazing. It takes some getting used to, but after awhile you basically let gravity do the work. You figure out the spots that rounds are most likely to split easily.

  • Kara

    Running happy chickens are hysterical and awesome. That video makes me happy!

  • cricket spurgeon

    So completely jealous <3

  • Sarah In Illinois

    Every evening when I come home and take care of two dogs, a cat and our newest pet, the Hermit Crab, then go pick from the garden and start the other evening chores, I think “well, Kit can do it, so can I!”

    German Shepherd hugs are probably similar to donkey hugs I’m guessing! 😉

  • mcgrimus

    They totally put those kayaks near the registers for impulse buyers like you.

  • momtaxijulie

    Those chickens are so cute running to you! Beautiful sunset too :)

  • Charlotte

    We’ve got the same axe – it’s awesome!

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