Wednesday, March 5, 2014

gypsy sticks and turkey pics and liddle lamzy divey

Gypsy with begging eyes

It's hard to believe I have been officially "retired" from my off-the-farm job for two months already. My image of my new, idyllic, carefree life full of long naps and long walks has not quite come to fruition.

Something about taxes needing prepped and fence lines needing brushed keep coming up as higher priorities.

{Mostly tax prep.}

Nevertheless, in between chores and taxes and fence lines I have been enjoying a new sense of time and space that comes from not being driven by anyone else's clock for the first time in over 25 years (longer if you count the schedule I had to keep while in school).

Gypsy waits

My treks to the back fence line (the farthest corner from the house) gives me ample opportunity to play with Gypsy.  She loves fetching things more than any other activity.  She loves chasing sticks so much that I had to train her not to chase after the brambles I tossed aside when I was cutting them off the fence line.

Gypsy waits for me to finish brushing the fenceline

Brushing the fence line is best done in winter I discovered, when I can wear all of my insulated barn clothing (protection from scratches) and can work hard without getting too hot.  No bugs, either.  Which is handy when you have to cut a thorny bush that has a wasp nest bigger than a basketball embedded in it.

Besides taxes and fence lines, we've been eagerly anticipating the end of the month when our turkeys will hatch.  We've loaded up our little Styrofoam incubator (the cheapest one the farm supply store carried) with our own Sweetgrass heritage turkey eggs.

Incubator with Sweetgrass heritage turkey eggs

I've been carefully turning them three times a day and monitoring the heat and humidity levels.  We've candled them twice and only removed one egg, so I'm crossing my fingers for a successful hatch

30 Sweetgrass turkey eggs incubating

And the lambs - well, the lambs are just fine.  Fat and sassy and happy.  Just waiting for spring, like the rest of us.

Baa baa black sheep...

Cheers -
Gypsy farmgirl writes about March happenings


jenlarson said...

I didn't realize you're a full-time farm-girl now...Congratulations!! That is very exciting! I love the little turkey poult pictures!

Victoria Strauser said...

Thanks Jen! Very exciting for me too!!

Pasta Cookbooks said...

This is awesoome

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