Wednesday, October 27, 2010

A Year in Pictures

We are celebrating a year on the farm. There are too many memories to share here, but being in a reflective mood, I thought I would post a smattering of events, both large and small, from the year gone by.

This was found stuffed in the bottom of a WWII era rifle magazine, which was in turn inside a case of ammunition.

The dogs. Need I say more?

Trappings of the previous owner's life, discarded

The shell of this house we now call home

Our celebratory purge and bonfire on the winter solstice

Planning our houses for all of January while the snow blew sideways

The largest farm purchase to date, with the exception of the farm itself

Apple trees were planted and watered

Cows with their calves

Garth, drinking water from a Roman looking vessel in the garden

The bull arrived

The hens, abundantly satisfied with their lives

Creatively moving the timber frames into the barn for the winter

The calves having a love affair with their new favorite treat, kale



  1. Love the photos and thinking about your lives. Not sure I'd want the hard work that comes with farming but I like to dip myself into the fantasy of farming.
    I especially love the idea of the mobile chicken coop.

  2. oh and what kind of dogs and cows did you get?

  3. Wendy, I am not sure if you will check this or not but those dogs are posted with loathing in my heart. They were the previous owners neglected and maniacal dogs who had bitten people and who made looking at this farm very uncomfortable for me.
    The cows we chose are Kerry cows. They are the heritage dairy cow from Ireland. They have great milk for cheese making and are renown for being hardy and able to thrive in conditions other cows would not abide. This is not to say that we are planning to torture them, we just like a cow that can birth calves without assistance and maintain their weight over the winter. They make less milk than many cows today, but we see that as an asset because their intelligence and other important factors have not been bred out in search of a higher milk yield. We'll see how it all works out in the long run.