Thursday, September 25, 2014

September on the farm has proven to be a very busy time with the delay of school for three weeks it was a bonus and a time of frustration. We used the time to work here on the farm, to enjoy the extra summer,  and to play and entertain Cash our grandson. It was equally just as frustrating knowing the government and teachers had our children as pawns. In total they missed five weeks of school! do you know how we would be harassed if we kept our children home for five weeks? In the picture above this is our youngest son starting grade eleven.
So hard to believe.
 We have been making fruit leather here we took our plums from our trees washed them well in the sink and then dried them off. Each plum was cut in half, pip removed then laid out on cookie sheets with an edge cooked for twenty minutes at a temperature of 400 degrees it is important you stay close by so you can keep an eye on the plums so they do not burn. When they are cooked for the twenty minutes remove them from the oven (they are extremely hot). Once all cooked I put the plums into a food processor blend well so there are no big bits. Then pour pureed plums onto a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper approximately 1/4 of an inch deep and pop them into the oven at 170 degrees to dry out the moisture. This took me a very long time. You must keep checking so it does not over dehydrate or burn.
 Once free of all moisture and liquid cool and cut with a pizza cutter.

Monday, September 08, 2014

Today was a bit of a rain day but we were better off than the places that got snow. So early for bad weather.
Tonight the boys fenced the last of the of the steel fence that we will use to separate the Billy goat ~ Man oh Man he is one smelly little goat. They are a mixed breed that we bought local here so they won't be too big of a goat. I would like to get them a bit tamer so they are easier to handle and so that I can have a bit more control over them.

Sunday, September 07, 2014

It is a beautiful fall here on the farm it is just starting but it is promising to be awesome

Tuesday, September 02, 2014

First day back to school or at least it should be it is perfect weather dreary, wet and gray outside. The teachers have been on strike since June and the two sides still can't get their selves together. Then once they figure it out they think the kids can bounce back and jump in ~ oh they all say it is for the kids I truly believe at this time of the strike they are not thinking of the kids.
I have been using  a rototiller my sister and her husband have been letting me use. It is hard work and totally messes with my neck but I did manage to get the herb garden redone with the herbs replanted and sitting in the soil with a nice rain on them. I had let this garden go during the course of getting ready for the wedding.
This last weekend I used the time to visit with my kids our youngest daughter was home for a few days so I did a quick road trip with two of our girls it was fun to spend the time together. Our middle son we have hardly seen him he has been away all summer fighting forest fires the only time was when he was home for his three day break in between.
It is time to head to the auction one more time this year to sell off some ducks, rabbits a few turkey and a couple of lambs. Now it is getting hard to find the time to schedule a trip with hockey starting, hockey has a way of sucking the life out of life.
Our kitten have all gone to their new homes they were special kitties they were born on the full moon and on the night of our daughters wedding. Now as soon as I can afford to take Studio to the vet I will get her spayed.
Beautiful day on the farm  summer is winding down