Farm News

A couple of days ago Tom noticed a bald eagle flying low over the front area of the barn and then suddenly held up.  So he thought that our colored strings in this area had deterred it.  He went out at the time, and there was no dead chickens.  But yesterday I found three piles of red feathers.  So the eagle had killed one of our chickens.  The strings are not enough.  So this is sad.

For good news, the turkeys are growing quickly.  We have never had midget ones before, but they do not seem to be growing more slowly so far.

And yesterday I checked the bee hive.  I did it somewhat quickly because my smoker was not working well.  But there are plenty of larvae in the upper levels of the hive so that is a good sign.

In other bad news, our farm truck would not start when Tom was supposed to use it to help his son out yesterday.  It appears to be an electrical problem that Tom could not fix.  So he called Triple A and rather quickly a tow truck arrived.

It is a sad farm day when the farm truck is towed away.  Hopefully it will be a quick (and cheap) fix.

In nicer news, the 2711 Lilac and Chain of Gold trees are blooming.

In an attempt to dissuade the eagles, we hooked up a radio in the barn.  On a raising heritage turkeys class recording that I finally got around to watching, he mentioned this for daytime predators. I am thinking he meant 4 legged ones like raccoons, but I figured it was worth trying.  I have recently salvaged this radio from the hay loft so it was available to try.  I did moved it back under cover better today with the forecast rain.

In more sad news, my tomato starts are pathetic.  I started them in March on heating pads in the house, and this is as far as they have gotten.  I blame the potting soil that we bought as the other starts in the same soil are not doing well either.

As this afternoon was a rainy mess, I concentrated on indoor activities.  I cleaned the insides of the windows (hoping eventually to clean the outside) and did lots of laundry.  But I am also digitally recording old albums that Tom has picked up from thrift stores.  It is fun listening to these old and sometimes obscure songs.

And I used the last of the venison to make Moussaka.  This is inspired by a show we watched last night.  This recipe is similar to what he cooked.  I had made moussaka before with goat meat, but as Tom will not eat goat meat nor eggplant he didn’t have any.  This time I was a little smarter.  I mixed our pork sausage with the venison that I ground up so it wasn’t as gamey.  Plus I made one with potatoes and one with eggplant so we could both be happy.  And it is amazingly good.  Score!

So that is the news (good and bad) from Schoonover Farm.

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Boles Trip

We went to our vintage Boles Aero trailer in the mountains this last week.  Tom brought the trailer he built with his quad and Pearl who he sold to my father.

Once we arrived and got things situated, we watch a youtube video about fixing up a 1972 Boles Aero trailer.  Unfortunately he took out all of the cool vintage aspects of it (in my opinion).  But we was creative with the electrical and plumbing systems so we thought that was interesting.  Sadly he sold it after all of that work only about 1 month ago for a 5th wheel.

We brought the dogs, of course.  

I decided that I was tired of walking the same portions of the land repeated times so I explored other area, discerning the property borders.  Above is one of the creeks on the property.

The meadowlarks were really active.

There were quite a few squalls with interesting cloud formations.

My father joined us.  Him and Tom worked at gathering wood and creating fires for summer fire prevention.  My brother and Sue joined us later as well.

After this hike, the puppy got really tired and needed a nap.  She was having the hardest time getting the bed right though.

I brought a Ukrainian flag I got from Ukrainian Flags for Solidarity.

For Cinco de Mayo I made Margaritas.  We also had pork tacos.

These were large elk tracks in the road.  I later saw a group of female elk briefly.  And then two bull elk came close to our trailer on our last evening.

The dogs and I walked and walked.  On May 6 we went 7.1 miles, and there is a lot of elevation changes in these walks as well.  I was feeling pretty good, not nearly as short of breath as I have been.  I did slow down when my heart rate got too high.

After one of the hikes, I made some tea for myself and served it in my Grampa White’s dishes.  I discovered that there are California Ceramic Dogwood Orchard Ware and worth a little money.

You can barely see Tom and his quad on the other side of this ravine.

This is a waterfall on the land.  I am not sure you can see it, but it was so windy, the water was spraying uphill.

I did have a mint julep, and we watched the Kentucky Derby.  What a race!!!

I did get some knitting done there and on the way home on Sunday.

I didn’t have much time to unpack and do some quick farm chores before getting ready for work on Monday.  Unfortunately in my rush, I ended up getting stung by two of my bees.  So I took Benadryl to minimize the swelling (as I tend to swell quite  a bit with bee stings).  But this knocked me out, and I was unable to finish my blog post.  So here it is belatedly.

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Boles Flowers

These are the early May flowers I saw while walking around at our 1969 Boles Aero trailer in the mountains. It has been a cold spring so the flowers are a little late this year.

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