Staycation

Adam recently took some time off of work. With the farm, we aren’t able to “go” on vacation very often so we have come to really LOVE staycations. They are relatively inexpensive, if not free,  you don’t need a vacation from your staycation and you can accomplish SO many things without feeling rushed. So here are some pictures from our staycation. We were given this bouncy house a few years ago and we have it out a lot during the spring/summer. The kids will jump for awhile, then go dig in the dirt, then come back and jump and so on.

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Adam was able to install a drip system on the 1/2 acre where our new plots are planted and he finished a drip irrigation in the kitchen garden.

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We moved the pigs to a new spot; probably the last area before they go to butcher.  They cleared it within a few days! Moving the pigs is always an adventure (to put it nicely). Poncho, the black pig, is very docile and loving. He will just follow us wherever we go and HE loves affection. Lefty, on the other hand, is CRAZY. She is spastic and during the move, she ran through the electric fence and trampled through the newly planted garden. It was not a nice moment. She is lucky to be alive for now!

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Like I said in the last blog post, spring brings new life. We love walking around the property and seeing all the new buds forming. Here are a few pictures.

Blackberries and blueberries

Blackberries and blueberries

This is spaghetti squash coming up from seed in the pig scraps

This is spaghetti squash coming up from seed in the pig scraps

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Adam makes “compost” tea from rabbit manure. He then transfers it to a sprayer and he and K spray the garden with this “tea.”

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The chickens are enjoying their new area. We have been walking around the property digging up dandelions for them to munch.

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I love when the azaleas are in bloom. Even though it is short-lived, they are still beautiful.

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This is the pasture where our last flock of meat birds were raised. You can see all the beautiful kinds of grass. We will transfer our 10 new layers out to pasture this week. They will enjoy the variety of grass.

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We will probably be removing the greenhouse from these raised garden beds soon. We had our last cold snap last weekend and we no longer need the greenhouse.

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Happy spring!

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2 thoughts on “Staycation

  1. Just wanted you to know that your Uncle Lynn read this and I just am so very proud of you and family. This is what is so valuable in life. It is so precious to see you enjoying what God gives us naturally . So many people do not realize what’s right in front of them every day. Wish we could see you more often, but realize you are always in our hearts. I’m sure you’ve heard that we are expecting our number 10 grandchild by now. Jaralea & Eric is having a girl. We Love you. Uncle Lynn

  2. Awesome pictures, Mae! And it means so much more to me now that I have been there. I am so impressed by your farming and how wonderfully you are teaching your kids about loving the land, plants, and animals! And you and Adam seem to enjoy the work and the fruits of your labor! Good for you!

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