Not-so-lazy days of Summer

Peaches in the barnyard (that wasn’t the barnyard when I planted the tree, but luckily the animals aren’t getting to them).

Haus Meister reminded me the other day that the latest blog post still began with “April” in the Middle English, thus galvanizing me into action! Especially as August with all its busy-ness is hard upon my heels—it’s time to catch up on the doings around here!

Farewell to “Brockhall”

The very first picture of our property that Haus Meister sent me on his first visit here. January 2018

Just about this time of year in 2020, this lovely chestnut oak, a full and rich green in its day, suddenly decided to go dry brittle brown on us and it wasn’t a drought. No signs of life from it in 2021, we were at the mercy of the local tree men who were themselves overbooked after several Spring and Summer storms, not to mention the resurgence of Covid. Finally, at the start of this summer, a crew came out and took down the tree the kids had named “Brockhall,” after a giant tree in the Redwall book series. Gone but not forgotten, it lives on in the five deep stacks of logs waiting for the autumn splitting, and two huge stacks of milled wood in our workshop waiting to become furniture as the need arises.

Logs piling up during the chainsaw phase; the stump; and the mountain view that opened up after the tree came down.

Meanwhile, back on the Farm

The barnyard has been in a state of flux lately. In June, Rascal sold his entire stock of rabbits to a family who were interested in homesteading. That officially ended the rabbit chapter here, unless one of the little girls wheedles for one—and only ONE—rabbit in the future. ;). We all learned a lot about the furry beasties, and which of them were good mothers, and which were not. Also which little blighters managed to exploit unexpected exits in the rabbit hutch.

I just realized this picture had been taken before the Rouens and Khaki Campbells had grown out their adult feathers. They really are a striking set, except it turns out there are five males and two females in that set.

The Pekins and the two roosters hatched last November became meat birds as we began a “farm to table” aspect of the farm life. However, on the very day those seven birds went to processing, an Orpington hatched seven chicks in our hayloft! Fortunately, we were on to her before any chicks made a leap out of said hayloft, and they had a happy start on terra firma. Only three survived the first week, and they are already running all over the barnyard and add a good deal of entertainment. Amusingly? Mama Chicken decided as her chicks grew that their ideal roost would be in the rafters next to the hayloft ladder. She wins in the end!

Shop News

As in workshop news, that is. Haus Meister and Rascal spent a week at a Blacksmithing Institute building a Tire Power Hammer to complement our home smithy. It was a fun week for the two of them! Rascal is definitely meant for that kind of work and we’re intrigued to see where his discernment path leads as he progresses through high school.

I’m thrilled to have some home-forged decor appearing around the Haus, like this shelf Haus Meister built for the powder room.

Out, about, and around the Haus…

Attacked by a Roman soldier one evening after VBS. 😉 The Squire and Princess were teen volunteers while I helped lead a group and most of the younger girls were willing participants.
Prepping Brockhall’s stump for its debut as a firework launching pad on July 4. These fellows are more trustworthy than they look. 😉
The strawberry cobbler I made for July 4, minus the blueberry syrup and whipped cream. When thus came out of the oven, I knew I’d found the recipe I’m going to make every year until the kids tell me to stop. And then probably do it anyway.
Li’l Bit wanted me to help her sew buttons onto a piece of fabric and named each after the planets in our Solar System… including Pluto.
Pool time any clear afternoon!
Pipkka running around in a sister’s shirt and goggles, waiting for a change into her swimsuit. She hates baths but LOVES the pool! She has been walking up, down, and all around; names several things, people, and cats; and smiles!
Docena is 5 months old, rolls over, coos and giggles, and is just a roly poly darling!
All for tonight, dear reader! See you on the other side of August!

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