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Farm Diary – January 25 – 26, 2014

January 26, 2014

Wood – worked on wood at the landing both days, 3/4 cord, cut, split and stacked in woodshed.

Ram – Checked on ram, cleaned screen.  Running good.  Lots of water from spring but creek is low.  One rainstorm only since December 1.  Dry winter!

Aladdin lamp swaying in the kitchen this morning, last time I saw that happen we were having an earthquake…found out later there was an earthquake near Longview.

14 eggs Saturday, 15 eggs Sunday.

3 gallons one quart milk.  Steadily heading towards dryoff.

2 pints ghee.

Finished spreading sheet compost in staple garden, spread lime and Azomite.

Received a load of shavings and horse manure.

25°F low – 42°F high.

Gorge wind still roaring – clear nights with a great view of stars.  Dry winter means less snow, less night skiing, and yeah not as much light pollution from the east anyway.  Stumptown is still blazing away all night long.  😦  Saw Venus until 8:30 this am.

11 Comments leave one →
  1. January 27, 2014 3:52 am

    One of my favorite books on farming is “A Very Small Farm”. It’s a very simple book that is mostly taken from the author’s diary, written over many years. Much of it is written like your post here. It’s just interesting to me to read how others spend their time through the seasons, especially on the farm, probably because I’m still working to get mine!

  2. January 27, 2014 10:07 am

    Shavings and horse manure? Do tell!

    • January 27, 2014 12:35 pm

      Do tell what?

      • January 28, 2014 8:23 am

        In part, that is a commentary on me. The one thing I remember from your post was that you hauled wood shavings and horse manure. Sounds totally awesome…sad that I’m not joking.

        I’m assuming you brought that in from off-farm since you said “Received”. So I’m left to further assume you found the rare horse-owner who doesn’t use Ivomectin. I don’t do well with bullet points. I need details. lol

        • January 28, 2014 8:38 am

          They bring it, and she is on the OMRI board…we just receive it.

        • January 28, 2014 10:13 am

          Not only did you tell me everything I needed to know in as few words as possible, you also wrote a haiku. Well, almost.

        • January 28, 2014 10:25 am

          Poop in transit, yeah!
          Open the gate, warn the sheep.
          Cedar scented gold.

  3. Bev permalink
    January 27, 2014 12:18 pm

    This year’s wood supply is doing great. Using a lot. In the low 20’s each a.m and then the weather has been sunny. Day after day. Cloudy today and a possiblity for rain and snow. Sure hope so. We so need it!
    Having lived in the earthquake triple junction for many years along the Humboldt coast know what it feels like having shakers.. Here in Siskiyou County, CA we don’t have many quakes.
    That is a nIce amount of eggs for winter time. We used to replace our chickens each year, too, like you do. We always had chickens. Now we are blessed having neighbors that have chickens. So wonderful having fresh egss. To crack an egg, have it stand up and be bright golden yellow is the best.
    I have enjoyed your past posts about the making of Ghee. It looks so good.
    Just reading your post tells us how busy and satisfying your days are.

    • January 27, 2014 12:35 pm

      Bev, same here, it feels good to be putting some wood “in the bank” for next winter. I have this nagging feeling we won’t be so lucky weather-wise next year. Supposed to get rain tonight. I know we need it, but it’s sure been nice to have the dry for a bit.

  4. January 28, 2014 7:37 am

    Just bought a bag of Azomite … plan to use here in Carolina/Blue Ridge Mtns … Any comments on it’s effectiveness?

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