Sunday, March 8, 2009

Animal menagerie updates

I took some great Sunday morning barn shots BUT after uploading them to my laptop the battery died so I can only use The Gentle Giants laptop but photos are on the other. I will post them at a later date. It was amazing going out in the barn this morning. The smell of fresh hay, cow and goat noises and more. I just can't wait until I can really dig in around here. It has been warmer here as well. I am happy for that.

Any ways... Lots of new things here on the farm! As you can see from the header we took delivery of our milking cow, a Jersey. Her name is Buttermilk we think... Not to original but it sure seems to fit her well.

We have gotten about 4 gallons since she has been here, just 24 hours. Pretty good I would say with being trailered here and her first time leaving her original farm in her entire life. I know she will produce even more as we go but I am actually hoping not to much more as 4 gallons a day is A LOT. We may have to start a cow share milk program or something... At any rate we will LOVE having our own butter now and fresh creme!

Daddy also came home with this adorable boarder colllie to help round up the team... Mom was not as thrilled with the puppy but it sure is cute I would say! A pony is on the way as well. The children are thrilled. We have 2 birthday's this month to celebrate.

I am slowing down now quite a bit in these last 6-9 weeks... We are so blessed to have this opportunity to have new life again. I just can't wait!

20 comments:

~ Carrie ~ said...

Hi Ang! Your post was blank

Carrie @ Hidden Creek

Peggy said...

I see you have a milk cow. Congratulations!

Dani said...

that is a lot of milk...you might consider cheese making down the road...my dad grew up on a farm and had fond memories of their two cows...your puppy is very cute too and every farm needs at least one farm dog....

~ Carrie ~ said...

Oh there it is! It is so nice to here form you. It seems that since I found your blog just a couple weeks ago that your posts are fewer and fewer. :-( So I am tickled when you post. Your early posts were/are such a motivation for me! THANK YOU!

HUGS!
Carrie @ Hidden Creek

Farmgirl Cyn said...

Hey girl!
I am off for Montana today! Pray for me...a 38 hour bus trip, one way, is an awful lot for this 55 year old Memere!

christina said...

i enjoy your blog so much. your life seems so peacefull, im sure alot of work but i would think more fullfilling. are you going to drink the milk raw or will you guys pasturize it?

Hot Belly Mama said...

I love reading your blogs and always feel like we have so much in common. Love the photo above. My husband loves it too and said, SEE! You can milk a cow too! lol.

Come over to my page to check out the free diaper I am giving away.

Love...

gail said...

Hello Ang,

It all looks so good and you will grow to love that little pup. Don't forget that he will love any spare milk as well, but I guess you've thought of that already. Also watch out that your Buttermilk doesn't accidently put her foot in the bucket. We used to put a leg rope on our girl just in case. I also used to tie her tail up while milking as it was sometimes a bit poohy and she would swish it to keep flys at bay and you were liable to get hit in the face, not pleasant. Really enjoying your posts. Take care of yourself over the next few weeks.

blessings Gail

Happy Days said...

So good to see you've posted. I miss you when you don't, but also realize that you have a lot to do. I noticed the pup right away! What a cutie-pie. What are you going to name him/her? I made my first attempt at making butter and had a lot of fun. It can be quite messy. At least for me. Next time I'll be better. This might be a dumb question...does raw milk taste the same as Hom/past. milk? When is your baby due? .....debbie

baggywrinkle said...

Die Angela hot en lemmel ghatt,
Sei woll waar weiss wie schnee,
Un wu die Angela heigange iss
Des lamm waar schuur zu geh
Es iss emol mit noch der schul
Sei gschpichde datt zu mache
Noh hen die kinner in der schul
Aafange laut zu lache

You guys rock. Sprinkle more deitsch
in as you learn it. We are studying
with you...

slaterlife said...

4 gallons is a lot of milk! I used to want a Jersey cow, but dairy upsets my stomach so I don't know what we would do with all that milk...or butter.
It's so exciting to hear all about all your new animals!

Kelle said...

You'll be surprized at how quick you will make use of that milk. Our Jersey gave 4-5 gallons a day and for our family of 4 we kept up pretty well. I made yogurt( 2 gals of milk a week) cottage cheese(2-3 gals a week), hard cheese and if you get overwhelmed your chickens, and pigs( if you get some) will love it!

Congrats on Buttermilk, I know we won't trade our Jersey(Bessie) for the world.

white_lilly said...

Hi Ang! I really enjoy reading your blog and seeing what you have been doing. Your animal menagerie is definetly growing, you have a wonderful life and are truely blessed.

Blessings said...

Congrats on your new animals!
The pup is adorable and once grown will be an asset to your family!
Most importantly is for you to start resting and preparing for the birth of your child.
Best Wishes

Casey said...

Oh I love the puppy.
My grandfather always had border collies on his farm. To help with the cattle. They were such smart loving dogs. When one died he would always get another one, he always named them Shep.

Parisienne Farmgirl said...

I can't wait to show Aidan the cow! This is so cool! Will you try to make your own cheese too? That is something I would like to try.
Wondered if you new where I could find the recipe your old neighbor used for her soap - on a big anti-paraben kick around here...
The sounds of the barn...I imagined them and was soothed!

Marcy said...

Hi! Just found your blog! We, too, are beginning our journey of living off the grid! I'll be interested to follow your journey!

Sarah said...

I noticed the pup right off. So darling! I lost my border collie last fall and am still looking for the right replacement.

I hope you get those Belgians - very cool horses.

Kathy said...

I thought of your family this weekend when our main breaker blew. I found myself thinking, what would Ang do?!? Fortunately the weather wasn't too cold and I just added another layer of clothing and lit the gas fireplace. But, there were other weekend chores that didn't get done because of it. So I decided I need to make a list of things to gather together for the next such event, using your site as inspiration, and we went fishing! The dust, dog hair and dirty dishes (we have an electric well pump) will just wait 'til SIL gets the new breaker installed! LOVE reading about your adventures! Your kids just don't know (or maybe they do) how lucky they really are.

Wildside said...

Awhile back I featured you on my little blog (because of a "heads up" from another one of your fans). Amazing what you're up to! In another life, I might be you...

Keep on keeping on, that's all I can say. All the best!

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