Friday, February 24, 2012

Country Sampler

For anyone interested, Country Sampler has started a new forum. I loved their old one, but could rarely get logged on to it. I love all the ideas the members share--and LOTS of great pictures. If you're a fan of the magazine, click HERE and you can go to the forum.

Have a great weekend!

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

My Crocus Is Blooming

Someone asked when I was going to start blogging again, and I jokingly answered, "When my crocus bloom." Well, they are blooming and here I am! I've enjoyed clicking around and reading your blogs during my time off.

My dad was in the hospital again after Christmas. The medicine they had him on caused him to have internal bleeding and he had to have several units of blood. He is just now starting to feel some better.

We have been busy with a lot of projects. We are building a new well house and need to do some repairs/modifications on the chicken house, as well as build a shelter for the goats we plan to get in the near future.

The biggest project we are working on is pictured above. Pig races, you're thinking? Well, no, but that was my first thought when I saw the posts and fencing, LOL! There will be pots of dirt in each section of the fencing. We are having to wait for the ground to dry before we can get enough dirt.

This is a joint effort with my brother to join our two farms together. He has been taking classes on pecan growing and we are partnering with him.

We are going to plant the pecans (which have been stratifying for a few months) in a couple of weeks and (if they come up) they will be planted in the 'orchards' next fall. Then, they will have to be grafted in another year. After that we have to keep them alive until they are firmly established. A lot of sweat and labor, but if it works out for us, our first harvest will be in about ten years. If nothing else, it is a new adventure for all of us! I'll be sharing more about this venture as we progress.